Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual Endorsements


Loyola’s School of Education is proud to offer multiple avenues to English as a second language (ESL) and bilingual endorsements in the state of Illinois, as well as states with reciprocity agreements. We recognize the imperative for all educators to have expertise to serve the large and growing number of emergent bilingual learners in schools.

The ESL endorsement is woven into initial teacher education programs at graduate and undergraduate levels – targeting and integrating understandings and practices to support students’ language development simultaneous to learning. Rather than require additional coursework, we designed our programs to include this pertinent preparation. Candidates can receive a bilingual endorsement by taking one additional course.

For educators already holding licenses and looking to add one or both endorsements, Loyola’s School of Education has graduate-level courses approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. We recommend first looking at our Master’s program in Language, Culture, and Curriculum, where practitioners can earn the endorsement (6 courses) while also working toward the larger degree (4 additional courses).

We offer the endorsement-only program for school or district cohorts with a minimum of 12 participants. This involves a 1-year course sequence that can be held on one of our Chicago area campuses, within your district, or online. If you are interested in starting a cohort for your school or district, please contact Dr. Amy Heineke at aheineke@luc.edu.