Bilingual and English as a Second Language Endorsements

The Bilingual and English as a Second Language Endorsements provide teachers with a better understanding of key teaching strategies to support multilingual students in their classroom. Educators will have the opportunity to learn how to create more engaging learning environments by integrating new media technologies for all students regardless of language. Students will learn research-based curricular and instructional strategies including the use of new digital media to effectively teach students for whom English is a Second Language.

Students may complete the courses necessary for one or both endorsements as

  • a non-degree student, either online or on campus
  • an on campus graduate student enrolled in a Master program 
  • an online student in the Learning Design and Leadership Master program

Bilingual Endorsement Requirements

Required Coursework Sequence (Note: State rules mandate that no course with a grade lower than C can be used towards licensure, endorsement, or approvals.  This means courses with a C- or lower and CR/NC courses cannot be used.) 

  • CI 433 Foundations of Bilingual Education
  • CI 446 Culture in the Classroom
  • CI 477 Bilingual ESL Methods and Materials
  • CI 517 Bilingual and ESL Assessment

Clinical Experience Requirement:  In addition to the coursework the State requires 100 clock hours or 3 months of teaching experience in a bilingual classroom.  For additional State requirements please see the Council on Teacher Education's website

Exam requirement: For the Bilingual endorsement, successful completion of a Language Proficiency Test for an Education License with Stipulations Endorsed as Transitional Bilingual in the non-English language to be taught is required.

For students already holding a Professional Educator License (PEL): Upon completion of the program, contact Brenda Clevenger Evans from the Council on Teacher Education to have the endorsement added to the PEL. 

English as a Second Language Endorsement Requirements

Required Coursework Sequence (Note: State rules mandate that no course with a grade lower than C can be used towards licensure, endorsement, or approvals.  This means courses with a C- or lower and CR/NC courses cannot be used.)

  • CI 433 Foundations of Bilingual Education
  • CI 446 Culture in the Classroom
  • CI 477 Bilingual ESL Methods and Materials
  • CI 507 LCT Linguistics for Classroom Teachers
  • CI 517 Bilingual and ESL Assessment

Clinical Experience Requirement:  In addition to the coursework the State requires 100 clock hours or 3 months of teaching experience in a Bilingual or ESL classroom.  For additional State requirements please see the Council on Teacher Education's website

For students already holding a Professional Educator License (PEL): Upon completion of the program, contact Brenda Clevenger Evans from the Council on Teacher Education to have the endorsement added to the PEL. 

Master Degree Requirements

Courses for the Bilingual and ESL Endorsements can be completed by non degree students.  For students wishing to complete an endorsement in conjunction with the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction the following must be completed:

  • Admission to a Master of Education (EdM) program 
  • One 4 credit hour Foundations course in Educational Psychology
  • One 4 credit hour Foundations course in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership
  • Additional 500 level courses in Education to bring the total course hours to 32 (minimum).  

More information on the Master of Education program, including Foundations courses, can be found in the College of Education Handbook and the Academic Catalog.

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