Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement

The State of Illinois ESL Endorsement requires 18 semester hours (6 courses). Endorsement only program course requirements may be modified only by departmentally approved equivalents. A minimum of 15 credit hours must be taken at Loyola.


To be eligible for the ESL endorsement, students must hold a Bachelor’s degree and an Illinois teaching license. The endorsement is for the grade range of the license with the exception of the middle grades. Adding the middle grade ESL endorsement may require additional course work if the middle grade endorsement is not currently on the license.


  • CIEP 471: Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL/Bilingual Education
  • CIEP 472: Methods and Materials of Teaching ESL
  • CIEP 474: Assessment of Bilingual Students
  • CIEP 503: Culturally Relevant Literature for Children and Adolescents
  • CIEP 504: Applied Linguistics for Teachers
  • CIEP 506: English Language Learning Practicum

If approved by the program advisor, one of the following courses may replace CIEP 506 - ELL Practicum:

  • CIEP 421: Reading/Literacy Instruction in Diverse Populations
  • CIEP 469: Teaching & Learning in Urban Communities
  • CIEP 524: Multicultural Education in Urban Classrooms

Course Sequences

The ESL Endorsement program comprises one year of coursework (18 total hours) that is completed in a specified sequence (subject to change).

Cohort Sequence
Fall CIEP 471: Foundations of ESL/Bilingual Education (8 weeks)
CIEP 503: Culturally Relevant Literature for Teaching Children &
                   Adolescents (8 weeks)
Spring CIEP 474: Assessment of Bilingual Students (8 weeks)
CIEP 472: Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL/Bilingual
                   (8 weeks)
Summer CIEP 506: English Language Learning Practicum (6 weeks)
CIEP 504: Applied Linguistics for Teachers (6 weeks)

Continuous Enrollment: Students in endorsement only programs are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must enroll in at least one course. A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the School of Education's Associate Dean of Student Academic Services.

Clinical Experiences: Students will complete clinical experiences integrated within individual courses. For students who are not currently teaching in a classroom with English learners, additional clinical hours may be required outside of coursework to meet ISBE requirements for the ESL endorsement.

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