Project Endorsement+ Illinois ESL and Bilingual Endorsements

Illinois ESL and Bilingual Endorsements

These courses provide currently licensed teachers with theories, content, and methods for teaching English Language Learners in PK-12 settings and are aligned with the standards and requirements for the Illinois ESL and/or Bilingual Endorsement. Students will not need to be admitted to the university to complete this program.


Theory/Foundations of ESL and Bilingual Programs
EDEU 500 3
Methods of Teaching ESL in Bilingual Programs EDEU 501 3
Cross Cultural Issues for Teaching ESL
EDEU 502 3
Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL EDEU 503 3
 Linguistics for ESL Teachers  EDEU 504
 Assessment of Bilingual Students  EDEU 505
   Total Credits  18


The tuition of these courses is funded by the Project Endorsement+ National Professional Development grant. The grant does not cover any additional costs such as books or materials.

Who is eligible? 

Educators holding an active IL teaching license working in the following districts: Elgin U46, Champaign CUSD4, Summit Elementary SD 104. Complete and submit the online eligibility form to enable us to determine if you are eligible to participate in this grant funded opportunity.

Online Eligibility Form
Once your eligibility form is submitted, our team will verify your employment and notify you via e-mail about the next steps. This may take 2-3 weeks.


Register Online in 3 Easy Steps

Step 1
Complete and submit the online eligibility form

Step 2
Receive your eligibility notification

Step 3
Register for your courses 

  • 100% Online
  • 6 courses total, 8 weeks per course
  • ISBE Approved
  • Tuition - $0 ($4,260 value)
  • Material fee - Approximately $100 per course

In this unique, 100% online hybrid program, participants will engage with educators from multiple districts in multiple states to:

  • Explore how historical, political, sociocultural, and educational events, federal and local laws, and local policies combine to drive the services and supports for English Learners in schools.
  • Develop an understanding of materials, methods, and approaches for implementing and managing standards-based ESL and content instruction for students served within bilingual programs.
  • Develop an understanding of the best practices, methods, and selection and use of print and digital materials and resources to support English Learners in developing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in English.
  • Explore similarities and difference between the structures of English and languages represented in the classrooms, schools, and communities of the participants.
  • Attend seven (7) Zoom classes per course
  • Document use of strategies in classroom practice
  • Participate in surveys and other grant-related data gathering activities
  • Participate in at least 2 Zoom interviews per year with grant evaluators
  • Local school systems may require a local service agreement (check with your school system contact)

Program Partner

ASPD's mission is to provide educators as well as schools and districts with low-cost, high quality professional learning that addresses the needs of 21st century professionals: flexibility, convenience, rapid completion, and economical.

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