As an ESL teacher, you will have the privilege to help 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:
This non-degree option is designed for Illinois teachers holding a professional educator license (PEL) endorsed in Early Childhood, Elementary Education or Special Education looking to add the English as a Second Language Endorsement to their license. 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 license. All coursework is aligned with the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) standards.
Note: Two years of teaching experience is not required for enrollment or ESL endorsement.
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.
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.