Study Format

  • Online
  • On Campus
  • Blended

Program Length

  • 18 Credit Hours

Application Deadlines

Aug, 19

Domestic Students

Fall 2020 Completed File Due. Classes start August 24, 2020.

Jul, 06

International Students

Fall 2020 Completed File Due. Classes start August 24, 2020.

Concordia University Chicago's ESL endorsement develops teachers as leaders in their individual classrooms, schools, districts and in the broader global community.

This program achieves a balance between the practical, everyday needs of teachers in the classroom and the critical thinking and decision-making skills that are necessary for candidates to develop as competent teacher leaders. It cultivates a sense of responsibility toward and provides the necessary tools for effective teacher advocacy.

Graduates are equipped to both envision and enact educational change for language learners throughout the country and beyond. The program develops teachers with the integrity to actively respect the learning of all students, integrate appropriate curriculum methodologies across the various content areas, and engage in policy recommendations and advocacy for their communities.

This program prepares educators to be effective in promoting student learning and development in the acquisition of English as a new language.

It is designed to help candidates:

  • Promote the success of all students through developing and implementing a shared vision of learning and the programs which support this learning.
  • Develop basic skills in management of the classroom, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment.
  • Collaborate with staff, boards, students, families, and community members in response to diverse educational and community interests and needs, and mobilize community resources.
  • Demonstrate integrity, fairness and ethical behavior to help in the development of a caring and moral school community.
  • Analyze and respond to the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural contexts.
  • Provide research-based instruction that includes the effective use of technology, attention to special needs populations, ESL literacy, and language development.

Program Objectives

CUC offers an articulated program of postgraduate courses in the ESL endorsement program and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with ESL endorsement.  The ESL endorsement program is designed to prepare graduates to work with culturally and linguistically diverse students in the PK-12 classroom.  Coursework is oriented toward language pedagogy and second language acquisition research.  This program aims to extend both theoretical and practical knowledge about teaching and learning English in order to meet the needs of teachers in diverse contexts, and is a nationally recognized program. 

Students will:

  • be knowledgeable about the psychological, sociocultural, and linguistic factors that affect language acquisition;
  • develop a multicultural perspective that seeks opportunities for advocacy; and  
  • build competencies in theory and praxis for working with English language learners.

Program Requirements

  • Personal statement of 300-500 words describing your interest in the program, prior experience in TESOL or related field, and professional goals for pursuing the ESL endorsement 
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Valid teaching license
  • Completion of 18 credit hours (six courses)
  • Master’s Capstone experience

Areas of Study – 18 credit hours

  • FPR 6300  Foundations of Bilingual and Bicultural Education
  • EDU 6610  Language and Linguistics
  • EDU 6620 Teaching English as a Second Language
  • EDU 6630  Methods and Materials for Teaching Limited English Proficient Students
  • EDU 6027  Assessment of Bilingual Students
  • FPR 6350  Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited English Proficient Students

Is the ESL Endorsement Program right for you?

The ESL endorsement (only) program is a non-degree program, which leads to an Illinois endorsement in ESL. If you wish to complete a Master’s degree and your ESL endorsement at the same time, please apply to the Master of Arts-Curriculum and Instruction with ESL endorsement program or to the Master of Arts in ESL program. Because the ESL endorsement (only) program is non-degree, students enrolled in this program are not eligible for financial aid.

Accreditation and Alignment: National Recognition

Concordia-Chicago’s education programs received their first recognition by NCATE in 1962 and the colleges in which they are housed have been continually accredited since that time. The recognition is a highly sought distinction of excellence granted to select few programs across the country that meet the national accrediting body’s highest and most rigorous standards for the preparation of educational leaders.

The ESL endorsement program is aligned with TESOL standards.

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