DePaul’s College of Education is one of the premier institutions for the study of urban education. The College of Education is founded on the belief that all students can learn and succeed, and this is reflected in our mission: to prepare our students to make a difference in the lives of others. Not only do we believe that all students can learn and succeed, but they are inherently deserving of the opportunity to learn – regardless of socioeconomic status, language fluency, geography, race, ethnicity, age or any other factor. To that end, we have partnered with the Chicago Public School (CPS) to help address a pressing need for qualified teachers who can address the diverse needs of English language learners (EL), bilingual learners and children with disabilities.
DePaul in partnership with CPS will be organizing cohorts of CPS teachers who are interested in the following areas of study, degrees & credentials:
Bilingual Education Endorsement
Provides teachers seeking a Bilingual Education Endorsement with a better understanding of key teaching strategies to support multilingual students in their classroom
Provides teachers seeking an ESL Endorsement with the necessary skills for designing materials, and assessing the language development of English learners.
Bilingual Education and ESL Endorsement
Prepares educator to serve English language learners in a variety of contexts, including bilingual and ESL programs at K-12 and adult education. Program leads to a State of Illinois endorsement in bilingual education, ESL or both.
Bilingual Bicultural Education Master’s Degree
Provides educators with advanced multidisciplinary study in language, literacy and culture with concentrations in bilingual education and English as a Second Language. Program leads to a State of Illinois endorsement in bilingual education, ESL or both.
LBS1 Endorsement for Original PEL
Prepares currently licensed teachers to teach special education at the grades specified on their original Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL). Program is fully online.
K-21 LBS1 Endorsement
Provides teachers seeking the K-Age 21 LBS1 endorsement with a well-rounded and in-depth understanding of issues and strategies for teaching students with a wide variety of disabilities in a range of settings.
Special Education Master’s Degree
Provides teachers seeking the K-age 21 LBS1 endorsement and a master’s degree with a learning opportunity that develops highly skilled, innovative Multiple Disabilities Specialists, who have expertise in educating students with severe and multiple disabilities in elementary, middle school and high school settings.
CPS teachers interested in joining one of these cohorts are encouraged to peruse our website, reach out to admissions staff to talk about the opportunities the cohorts and the partnership with CPS presents.