College of Education > Academics > Leadership, Language & Curriculum > Licensure & Endorsements > Bilingual Education Endorsement
In today’s increasingly multilingual and multicultural schools, there is an ever-growing need for responsive teachers who nurture students’ ability to speak more than one language. Bilingual educators know how students learn their first and second languages and are passionate advocates for bilingual students.
The Bilingual Education Endorsement program offers practicing licensed teachers the opportunity to support educational and social change for traditionally underserved students, families and communities. In just one year, students can complete all of the coursework required to obtain an Illinois state endorsement in bilingual education, and by taking one additional class, they can also earn an English as a Second Language endorsement.
Program graduates work as bilingual teachers in urban and suburban public and private schools, dual language schools and charter schools. As the immigrant and English Language Learner (ELL) population continues to grow, so will the need for quality bilingual teachers.
Are you interested in enrolling in this program? View its admission requirements and application instructions here or contact the College of Education’s Office of Graduate Admissions at (773) 325-4405.
The Bilingual Education Endorsement program leads to bilingual endorsement, which can be added to an Illinois teaching license (PEL).
To accommodate working professionals, all classes in the Bilingual Education Endorsement program meet in the evening at DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. In addition, the program’s schedule is flexible, allowing students to enroll full-time or part-time as their professional and personal schedules allow.
The Bilingual Endorsement program includes six courses (24 quarter hours) in Bilingual/Bicultural Education and 100 hours of clinical experience.
Candidates seeking the bilingual endorsement must pass one of the state of Illinois’ language proficiency exams in a language other than English.
This program is typically eligible for financial aid. Please see this document and consult your advisor in the COE.
To be eligible for the Bilingual Bicultural Education endorsement program, students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and hold a valid teaching license.
To apply, please submit the following items to The Office of Graduate Admission:
Illinois target language proficiency (TLP) test required in addition to the coursework and field experience hours below:
Individuals seeking a bilingual endorsement must complete the Target Language Proficiency (TLP) test in the non-English language.
Individuals must submit an application directly to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) upon successful completion of the required coursework and licensure tests. All individuals must meet ISBE requirements at the time of application. Requirements are subject to change per the discretion of ISBE.
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