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Bilingual Education Subsequent Endorsement

This endorsement requires 18 semester hours of coursework and additional requirements below.

1.  A valid Illinois Professional Educator License.

2.  Bilingual clinical experience totaling 100 clock hours or three months teaching experience in bilingual programs. 

- The school professional you work with where the hours are conducted needs to write a detailed letter on letterhead documenting the nature of activities, age group of individuals in the program, number of days/hours per day worked, etc.  The school professional may also send an email to the Council at from their school email account as an alternative to writing a letter on letterhead. 

3.  Successful completion of a Language Proficiency Test for an Education License with Stipulations Endorsed as Transitional Bilingual in the non-English language to be taught.  Click here for specific testing information.

NOTE:  Per Section 25.720 b) 4) of the Illinois Administrative Code, an individual who holds a State Seal of Biliteracy or who has obtained working fluency or higher on the Global Seal of Biliteracy shall be exempt from the language proficiency test required for a bilingual education. 

Click here for more information about the State and Global Seals of Biliteracy.



Credits totaling 18 semester hours distributed among the following course areas:

1.  Foundations of Bilingual Education:  

CI 433, Foundations of Bilingual Education

2.  Assessment of Bilingual Education:  

CI 517, Bilingual and English as Second Language Assessment

3.  Methods and Materials for Teaching Limited-English-Proficient Students in Bilingual Programs:  

CI 477, Bilingual/ESL Methods and Materials

4.  Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited-English-Proficient Students: 

EIL 456, Lang and Social Interactions or 

CI 446, Culture in the Classroom      

Note:  CI 415, Language Varieties, Cultures and Learning is a restricted course, but will count for this area for those who are required to take the course.

5.  Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language:  

EIL 411, Intro to TESL Methodology or 

CI 477, Bilingual/ESL Methods & Materials.

Note:  Students pursuing this endorsement will need to take a course to address each subject area and then choose course hours from the remaining options as electives in order to attain the required minimum of 18 credit hours.