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Bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement

Online Courses

Roosevelt University specializes in the delivery of online Bilingual/ESL endorsement courses that prepare practicing teachers and teachers-in-training to enhance the learning of bilingual and English as a second language students. All of the requirements to obtain an official bilingual or ESL endorsement from the State of Illinois may be completed online in just one year. Or, enroll in our new hybrid Spring cohort option, and complete your endorsement in eight months.

Practicing or certified teachers, and graduate students seeking teacher certification, may enroll in the online and hybrid graduate courses. Undergraduates seeking an initial teaching license also may enroll in online courses that are separate from the ones available to graduate students.

All courses are taught by experienced, highly effective, and very qualified instructors.  

For more information about the ESL/bilingual endorsement

Or contact us by email or phone 877-277-5978.

Online Course Sequence

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


Fall READ 368/468: Foundations of Bilingual and ESL Education (10-30 clinical hours)
  READ 375/475: Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL (10-25 clinical hours)

READ 373/473: Assessment of Bilingual Students (10-25 clinical hours)
  READ 374/474: Methods and Materials for Teaching Bilingual Students (10-20 clinical hours)

Summer READ 358/458: Linguistics for ESL Teachers
  READ 376/476: Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited English Proficient Students (10-20 clinical hours)

Hybrid Course Sequence

See the Spring 2014 ESL/Bilingual flyer.

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.

Please note that clinical hours must be completed during the semester in which the courses are offered.

Some clinical hours may 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 in the non-English language to be taught. 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.


Follow these steps to apply for admission and to register for courses:

  • If you are not already a student at Roosevelt University, 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 Teacher Leadership, and indicate that you are interested in the Bilingual/ESL concentration.

  • If you are a certified teacher, send an official transcript from the institution of higher education that provided you with your certification.  No other transcripts are required.  Address your official transcript to:

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

All prospective students should contact the faculty advisor below for information about enrolling in online courses.

NEW!Tuition and Financial Support

Students at large and graduate students in Teacher Leadership 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

Graduate students who are enrolled in other programs and who were admitted with at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible for a Dean's Scholarship that will decrease the part-time graduate tuition cost by $150 per credit hour.

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 Laura Lag at in order to obtain more information about this program.

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