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Bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement


Are you looking for new strategies to empower your English language learners to write, read and speak with power and precision? Do you want to lead the creation of a more inclusive learning environment in your classroom and school?

Enrollment in Roosevelt's Bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses will show you how to enhance the learning of English language learners. Experienced instructors like Tammy Oberg De La Garza and Jennifer Langer will enhance your understanding of language development, and how to advocate for language diversity. Upon the completion of all of the requirements listed below, you will be eligible to add either the Bilingual or English as a Second Language Endorsement to your Illinois Professional Educator License.

Required Courses

Two online graduate courses are offered concurrently each semester. All online courses are 12 weeks in duration.


Fall READ 468: Foundations of Bilingual and ESL Education (10-30 clinical hours)
  READ 475: Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL (10-25 clinical hours)

READ 473: Assessment of Bilingual Students (10-25 clinical hours)
  READ 474: Methods and Materials for Teaching Bilingual Students (10-20 clinical hours)

Summer READ 458: Linguistics for ESL Teachers
  READ 476: Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited English Proficient Students (10-20 clinical hours)

Clinical Hours

It is a state requirement that students complete 100 clinical hours in bilingual or ESL settings. Individual courses have variable clinical hours associated with them to meet these requirements (see table above). Students may choose to complete any number of hours within the specified range for each course, but it is the student's responsibility to have a total of 100 clinical hours completed and verified by the end of the sequence of six courses. Click here for more information about field placements and the completion of clinical hours.

Some clinical hours can be waived with a letter from a school principal verifying three months of full-time, successful teaching experience in the area for which the student is seeking endorsement.


Additional State Requirements

Students seeking the Bilingual Endorsement must also pass a state language examination. Students planning to pursue this endorsement are encouraged to take the target language proficiency examination as soon as possible as they will not be able to receive an endorsement from the state without passing it. The ESL Endorsement does not require a language test. Please visit for more information.

Apply Now

Follow these steps to apply for graduate admission and to register for courses. You can start your coursework in the fall, spring, or summer semester.

  • If you would like to apply your bilingual/ESL courses toward a graduate degree, complete the online application for admission to graduate programs.  A completed application for admission is required of all students.  Apply for admission to the MA degree in Reading or the MA degree in Teaching and Learning, and indicate that you are interested in the Bilingual/ESL concentration.

  • If you plan to take only the bilingual/ESL courses, and do not intend to earn a graduate degree, complete and submit an Application for Graduate Students-At-Large. Indicate on the form that you are interested in the Bilingual/ESL endorsement. The completed application should be submitted by email to Laura Lag at or by postal mail to Laura Lag, Assistant Dean, College of Education, Roosevelt University, 430 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605.

  • All applicants should send an official transcript from the institution of higher education that provided you with your most recent academic degree.  No other transcripts are required.  Address your official transcript to:

Roosevelt University
Office of Admission
1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd. 
Schaumburg, IL 60173


NEW!Tuition and Financial Support

Students at large and graduate students in Teaching and Learning or Reading programs who enroll in at least two graduate courses and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible for an Online ESL/Bilingual Tuition Discount

Undergraduates and full-time graduate students pay the standard costs for tuition listed on Roosevelt's tuition and fees page

Scholarships for early childhood teachers are available at  Qualified applicants may also apply for financial aid through the Roosevelt University Office of Financial Aid.


  • Please contact the Office of Admission at 877-277-5978 or send your question or comment to
  • Please contact Laura Lag, Assistant Dean of Student Services, at 312-853-4753 or send your question or comment to