LDL: Bilingual/ ESL Education (BESL) provides educators with a better understanding of key teaching strategies that can help support multilingual students in their classrooms. Educators interested in earning their master's degree along with their bilingual endorsement 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 effective use of new digital media to teach students for whom English is a Second Language.  For Illinois educators looking to achieve an endorsement only for their professional educator license, be sure to check out the Bilingual/ESL Endorsement program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.   

    Who should apply

    Educators in PK-16 who want to develop:

    • Deeper understanding of the linguistic and cultural basis of teaching bilingual students
    • Effective teaching strategies for education bilingual students that employ the latest educational technologies
    • Responsive curricular and instructional practices that address diverse student needs in the classroom and beyond

    Programs Offered