Not only will dual endorsements in Literacy and ESL expand your versatility as an educator and provide for critical needs facing local schools, but often, these two areas overlap. Students' strengths and needs in literacy and second language learning are often intertwined. A student may struggle with reading difficulties in part because they are a second language learner. No other university in the Chicagoland area offers these dual endorsements in the areas of Reading Teacher and English as a Second Language in a master's degree program in as few as 33 hours.
These endorsements are available to Illinois teachers holding a 03 Elementary, 04 Early Childhood, 10 Special Education or 09 Secondary Certificate, and become valid at the grade level of your current certificate.
Your dual endorsement master's degree will require 33 semester hours
to complete, along with two sets of clinical hour requirements for the dual endorsements: 65 clinical hours for the Reading Teacher Endorsement, distributed in course assignments across the program, and 100 clinical/field hours or three months teaching with ESL/ELL students for the ESL Endorsement. Qualified candidates may also take coursework toward each endorsement without degree completion.
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