Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement


This program equips teachers with the knowledge and skills to effectively teach English Learners (ELs) in mainstream and English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom contexts. The program provides comprehensive instruction specific to ELs in today’s classrooms and schools, including second language acquisition theories and research, effective and innovative methods of instruction and assessment, and comprehensive knowledge about language, language policy, and more. Designed specifically for in-service educators, the program blends professional learning with 50% online with classroom-based applications and collaboration.


This program is following a cohort model. A cohort is often a group of ten students who attend together all of the required courses leading to a degree. In this model, students benefit from networking and building professional relationships with one another during the course of their program. Once a cohort is formed, the students remain together for the duration of their endorsement program.

All courses in the program are taught by highly qualified professors. Students enrolled in the program receive the multiple benefits of participating in a cohort program at Loyola, including but not limited to attending classes together, cultivating a deeper understanding of topics through discussions with their unique educational and professional experiences, and developing a trusted network of professionals in the classroom who can serve as resources and support once in the field. It is our hope that these students will form lasting professional bonds that will be utilized throughout their careers.

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