English as a Second Language (ESL) (M.Ed.)


As an ESL teacher, you will have the privilege to help students bridge their language gap, better integrate into their schooling environment, and open their doors to future academic and life success. Lewis University faculty have a wealth of in-field expertise with English Language Learners, their families and their communities, and are excited to help support you as you begin this next chapter of your learning journey.

In this 18-hour ESL Endorsement program, you will learn proven strategies for helping ESL students learn through courses such as:

  • Foundations of Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations
  • Linguistics for the Teacher of English Language Learners
  • Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching English Language Learners

This non-degree option is designed for Illinois teachers holding a professional educator license (PEL) endorsed in Early Childhood, Elementary Education or Special Education looking to add the English as a Second Language Endorsement to their license. The ESL endorsement is valid at the grade levels of your regular teaching license. All coursework is aligned with the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) standards.

Note: Two years of teaching experience is not required for enrollment or ESL endorsement.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Option
Lewis University is one of the only schools in the area to offer a Master of Education option with the completion of 12 additional credit hours.

Bilingual Endorsement Option
With 3 additional credit hours, you can earn your Bilingual Endorsement option and be prepared to teach ESL courses in a local bilingual school as well.

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Bilingual teacher endorsement; ESL endorsement program
Dr. Barbara Mackey

Director, ESL Program

"Every child in every school deserves to learn every day. Our ESL endorsement program provides classroom teachers with a deeper understanding of teaching strategies to support English Language Learners in their classrooms and their schools."