Bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement

Students seeking an endorsement in Bilingual or English as a Second Language must meet the following requirements issued by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

  1. A valid Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) prior to issuance of the endorsement
  2. Bilingual or ESL clinical experience totaling 100 clock hours or three months teaching experience in bilingual or ESL programs
  3. Successful completion of a language examination in the non-English language to be taught: Target Language Proficiency (TLP) Exam for bilingual endorsement only

The Bilingual Endorsement minor is only available to students seeking a Professional Educator License (PEL) or those students who already have a PEL.