English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement with (M.Ed.) Option

As an ESL teacher, you will have the privilege to help English language learning students bridge their language gap, better integrate into their schooling environment, and open their doors to future academic and life success. Lewis University faculty have a wealth of in-field expertise with English Language Learners, their families and their communities, and are excited to help support you as you begin this next chapter of your learning journey.

In this 18-hour ESL Endorsement program, you will learn proven strategies for helping ESL students learn through courses such as:
  • Foundations of Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations
  • Linguistics for the Teacher of English Language Learners
  • Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching English Language Learners
This non-degree option is designed for certified Illinois teachers holding an 03 Elementary, 04 Early Childhood or 09 Secondary certificate, looking to add the English as a Second Language Endorsement to their certificates. With this endorsement, you will be trained to teach English Language Learners of all grades, helping them acquire fluency in both spoken and written English. The ESL endorsement is valid at the grade levels of your regular teaching certificate.

Note: Two years of teaching experience is not required for enrollment or ESL endorsement.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Option
Lewis University is one of the only schools in the area to offer a Masters of Education option with the completion of 12 additional credit hours.

Bilingual Endorsement Option
With 3 additional credit hours, you can earn your Bilingual Endorsement option and be prepared to teach ESL courses in a local bilingual school as well.

Are you looking for alternative program options?
Start customizing your English as a Second Language program curriculum today!.


Dr. Barbara Mackey

Director, ESL Program

"Every child in every school deserves to learn every day. Our ESL endorsement program provides classroom teachers with a deeper understanding of teaching strategies to support English Language Learners in their classrooms and their schools."