Pre-K-12 English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement Certificate in IL

We are offering ISBE-approved coursework that can lead to an endorsement in teaching ESL to pre-K-12. The ESL endorsement can be attached to a Professional Educator License (PEL).

To teach ESL in the State of Illinois, teachers are required to complete 18 credit hours of classes in the following categories:

  • Linguistics
  • Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL
  • Assessment of the Bilingual Student
  • Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL
  • Cross-cultural Studies for Teaching Limited-English-Proficient Students
  • Elective (an additional bilingual or ESL course)

Harper faculty are highly qualified and experienced both in ESL teacher training and in teaching ESL. Meet the Linguistics faculty.

All Linguistics courses offered through the ESL and Linguistics Department at Harper College are taught by professional ESL instructors with master's and doctoral degrees. Courses are scheduled specifically with the community in mind in that we offer all courses in late start (3 month format), blended modality, and in the evening to allow full-time teachers to enroll. Course topics relate to classroom practices.

Harper's ESL Endorsement classes

Required Classes (3 credits each):

LNG 105, Introduction to Language and Linguistics (fall)
LNG 205, Language and Culture (spring & summer)
LNG 220, Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language (summer & fall)

LNG 230, Second Language Assessment (spring)
LNG 235, Second Language Acquisition (fall)
LNG 240, Pedagogical Grammar (spring)

The 100 clock hours required for the ESL endorsement are incorporated into class assignments. Students do not need to complete additional clock hours.

Subsequent Teaching Endorsements to the Educator Licensure

"Once you hold a Professional Educator License (PEL) or Educator License with Stipulations endorsed in a teaching field, you can add additional content area endorsements. These endorsements can be added at any grade level even if the underlying teaching endorsement on the PEL is a different grade range. The PEL serves as a foundation to which any teaching endorsement can be added after applicable coursework and testing are completed (ISBE). Harper College also offers a TESOL certificate, which is an ISBE approved professional development activity.

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Last Updated: 10/15/21