The TESL Program offers graduate courses that can be taken by individuals who are already state licensed teachers who wish to qualify for State Of Illinois Endorsement to teach ESL. For undergraduate students who are working toward a state certification and would like to simultaneously complete coursework leading to the endorsement at the undergraduate level, please see above under “Minor in TESL”.
To get a TESL Endorsement you need to:
- Possess a valid Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, or Special Education Illinois Teaching License (license types 03, 04, 09, or 10)
- Complete 18 credit hours distributed among five course areas designated by the state. NEIU offers the courses below to fulfill TESL Endorsement requirements. See your advisor for other courses that may be acceptable.
Course List Code Title Hours Linguistics TESL-420 Structure Of Modern English (Prereq: TESL-402) 3 or TESL-402 Principles Of Linguistics For Teachers Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL TESL-414 Theories Of Teaching English As A Second Language 3 Assessment of the Bilingual Student TESL-468 Assessment Of The Limited English Proficient Student (Prereq: TESL-410 and TESL-414) 3 Methods and Materials of Teaching ESL TESL-410
Techniques Of Teaching English As A Second Language
and Principles Of Linguistics For Teachers (Prereq: TESL-414)
6 Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited English-Proficient (LEP) Students TESL-445 Language Variation 3
- Complete 100 clock hours of ESL clinical experience.