Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement

Enhance your teaching skills and advance your career with Greenville University's GET SET (Summer Endorsements for Teachers) program. GU’s English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement program provides the coursework you need, during the summer when it is most convenient for you. 

The ESL provides online courses to prepare you to teach English to individuals who do not have English as their primary language. As part of the endorsement, you will complete 100 hours of face-to-face field experience needed to meet Illinois State Board of Education requirements for ESL approval/endorsement. The ESL endorsement is a complete endorsement, providing 18 credit hours completed toward your certification. If you are a licensed, practicing teacher in Illinois, you are ready to begin the process of getting an English as a Second Language Endorsement.  To earn an ESL endorsement in Illinois, there are two main requirements:

  1. 18 semester hours of credit with coursework in each of the following areas:
    1. Foundations of bilingual education
    2. Assessment of bilingual students
    3. Methods and materials for teaching limited-English-proficient students in bilingual programs (this is a bilingual methods course)
    4. Cross-cultural studies for teaching limited-English-proficient students
    5. Methods and materials for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)
    6. Elective (an additional bilingual or ESL course)
  2. 100 clinical clock hours of experience verified by the university

Teachers who complete endorsement coursework can apply their courses and credit toward an accredited graduate degree in ESL at Greenville University. 

Greenville University’s School of Education is accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). 

This endorsement is offered during our special summer start.

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Career Advancement
A ESL endorsement enhances your marketability and advances your career to assist a population with a growing need. Convenient summer classes move you toward an in-demand endorsement when it’s easiest for you.
An Investment in You

GU’s endorsement courses are an investment in your future. Classes you need to get where you are going at a price you can afford, and you can apply courses and credit toward a Greenville University graduate degree in ESL.

Student-Centric Teaching

Empathetic, personal faculty members guide your path toward advancement, enabling you to successful teach those for whom English is not their primary language.

Why GU

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The perspective of faith. GU integrates faith-centered values and ethics to aid teachers in helping students holistically.

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Accreditation and respected reputation. GU’s School of Education is accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Both undergraduate and graduate programs have earned a reputation for excellence, producing teachers of excellence. 

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Designed with teachers in mind. NEW online summer course schedules occur when you are out of the classroom and before you go back in. 

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Respected reputation. GU’s accredited undergrad and graduate programs have earned a reputation for excellence, producing teachers of excellence. 

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Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement Course Requirements

  • ENGL 514: Theoretical Foundations for TESL
  • ENGL 517: Methods & Materials for TESL
  • ENGL 518: Cross-Cultural Studies for TESL

Visit the Online Catalog for an explanation of graduation requirements.