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Location: Chicago, Schaumburg
Start Term: Summer
Program Type: Master's

Graduates of this program can be employed as dual language, bilingual, ESL or mainstream teachers. They might fill roles such as teacher leader, coach or bilingual/ESL director. The program plan is designed around the needs of teachers:

  • Summer: 3-Week Intensive On-Campus
  • Fall: Online
  • Spring: Online
  • Summer: 3-Week Intensive On-Campus
Paul Michael Wiggins
,  Graduate Advisor

What Differentiates Us



The Dual Language Teacher Leadership graduate program has been awarded a five-year $2.3 million dollar grant by the US Department of Education.

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Through this grant, the college will provide professional development opportunities for teachers of English Language Learners, including program scholarships for selected incoming students from our five partner districts.



The College of Education will be offering Summer Spanish Camps for elementary/middle school students and their families. There will also be an annual Dual Language symposium for teachers, families and the community to learn more about this dynamic and effective form of education in which students learn content and literacy in two languages.

Expectations & Requirements


Teachers who complete this degree have the ability to implement dual language programs in their school or district — an in-demand skill set in an ever more diverse educational system. The program is the only one of its kind in Illinois.

Students can expect focused and practical assignments, engaging discussion and small group projects, and multiple opportunities for the completion of field experiences and projects. A practicum that involves guided teaching in a Spanish Saturday School culminates the program.

Sample Courses

  • Supervision, Evaluation and Professional Development of Bilingual Educators
  • Teacher Leader Practicum - Methods & Materials for Teaching Academic Second Language
  • Measurement, Evaluation and Sustainability of Effective Programs
  • Internship: Advocacy for Dual Language Education


Jessica Fong, MA DLTL, ’18

“It’s really important for me to work with young children who are heritage speakers and to provide them with the opportunity to get their culture and language back.”

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Jessica Fong 2018
MA, Dual Language Teacher Leadership ,

This new graduate program meets one of our greatest needs in Illinois: the development of teachers who embrace and are skilled at a dual language approach to learning and leadership.

Erin Mackinney
Assistant Professor Language, Literacy & Leadership​, Roosevelt University

Admission Info

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  • Online Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • 2.7 GPA
  • Letter of intent (400- 600 words describing how you feel this program help you reach your professional goals)
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities within the United States. Coursework completed outside the U.S. requires a Foreign Credential Evaluation to be submitted.
  • English Language Proficiency: All international students and individuals who completed a degree program outside the United States are required to meet this requirement. 
  • Valid teacher's license required.

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