Bilingual/ ESL Endorsement (BESL) provides 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. BESL is designed for Illinois educators looking to add an endorsement to their professional educator license. For those looking to earn an endorsement along with a master's degree, or looking to earn a certificate only, be sure to check out the LDL: Bilingual/ESL Education program.
Who should apply
Educators in PK-16 who want to:
- Understand the linguistic & cultural basis of teaching bilingual students
- Learn to effectively teach bilingual students using the latest educational technologies
- Develop curriculum and instructional practices that are responsive to all students in the classroom
Be sure to check out our Typical Plan of Study page to learn about courses, timeline, registration, and more.