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English as a Second Language/Bilingual Education Minor

Students interested in both the ESL and Bilingual Education (BE) minor only have to take an additional course (the combined minor covers required coursework for both the ESL and Bilingual Education Endorsements for those seeking a teaching certification). The combined minor is open to all DePaul students interested in teaching in bilingual p​rograms and ESL programs in PK-12 schools; teaching abroad; teaching in international schools; adult students; and working in centers, agencies and organizations that provide services to multilingual communities in the US and abroad.

The combined minor offers a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of second language acquisition, bilingualism and biliteracy, cross-cultural dimensions, teaching and assessment practices, and the history, theory, research, and policy of ESL and bilingual education. Students interested in this minor should consult home college advisors to enroll.

Note: IL State Bilingual Education Endorsement requires proficiency in a language other than English.

​The combined English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual Education (BE) minor provides a learning opportunity to all DePaul students interested in working with second language learners. Students gain a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of second language acquisition, as well as related educational theories and practices.

Students interested in this minor should consult home college advisors and secure permission from the Bilingual-Bicultural Education Program to enroll. 

Course Requirements

8 courses are required for the minor:

Course Title Quarter Hours
BBE 310SPECIAL TOPICS IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION AND CULTURE4
BBE 304LANGUAGE, LITERACY AND CULTURE4
or BBE 370 SECOND & WORLD LANGUAGE LITERACIES AND CULTURES
BBE 307EQUITY ISSUES IN ASSESSMENT OF LANGUAGE LEARNERS4
BBE 325BILITERACY PRACTICES IN BILINGUAL EDUCATION AND ESL4
BBE 316SOCIOCULTURAL AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES IN BILINGUAL EDUCATION4
BBE 324METHODS OF TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE4
BBE 326THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING ESL AND WLE4
BBE 366FIRST AND SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION4
or BBE 360 SECOND, WORLD AND HERITAGE LANGUAGE ACQUISITION K-12

Minor in ESL/Bilingual Education with Bilingual Endorsement 

This option is only available to undergraduates in the College of Education pursuing ISBE Licensure. 

The minor with endorsement requires the above 8 courses PLUS 100 fieldwork hours (including registration in BBE 96) and a passing score on the Target Language Proficiency Test.

Course Title Quarter Hours
BBE 96100 FIELD EXPERIENCE HOURS IN ESL / BE DOCUMENTED0

ISBE Licensure Division endorses in any target language for which tests are available through ILTS. If a language test through ILTS does not exist for bilingual endorsement, candidates may substitute the Foreign Language Content-Area test.​

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