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English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education

English as a Second Language (ELS) and Bilingual Education (BLE)

Nurturing linguistic, cultural and intellectual diversity, this ESL and Bilingual Education program are K-12 additional endorsements added to an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) and therefore, are only available to practicing licensed teachers or current Lake Forest College teacher candidates.

The ESL and Bilingual Education additional endorsement programs prepare educators to support students from a variety of linguistic and cultural backgrounds, including those for whom English is an additional language, in an ESL classroom setting. Through a rigorous and enriching coursework, clinical experiences in linguistically and culturally diverse settings, and caring mentorship across disciplines, candidates are equipped with the theoretical knowledge and competencies to support students’ academic growth and personal success.

The proportion of the U.S. population—and of its students—who speak one or more languages other than English at home continues to grow, a reflection of the world’s rich linguistic diversity. As a result, there is a dire need for highly qualified caring educators who will nurture the linguistic, cultural, and intellectual diversity of a diverse U.S. student population and who will sustain student’s diverse linguistic repertoires as they transition to an all-English learning environment.

Practicing licensed teachers or Lake Forest College teacher candidates pursuing either the ESL or the combined ESL and Bilingual additional endorsement gain deep knowledge about how students learn languages, including the complex and intricate ways linguistic practices interface with cognitive, cultural, and epistemic practices in diverse and interconnected social contexts. Fired by a passion to support and advocate for all students and a commitment to equity and social justice, ESL and Bilingual educators practice dynamic and innovative strategies for tapping and nurturing the rich funds of linguistic and cultural knowledge students and their communities bring.

For current Lake Forest College Teacher Candidates

Coursework for the ESL and Bilingual Education additional endorsement are integrated into the licensure course sequence and in specialized advanced seminars. Coursework is adjusted by primary licensure pathway.

  • EDUC 210: Observing the Schooling Process
  • EDUC 215: Instructional Communications: Theory and Practice
  • EDUC 220: Philosophy of Education
  • EDUC 303/403 OR EDUC 313/413
  • EDUC 304/404 OR EDUC 314/414
  • EDUC 416/516 OR EDUC 419/519
  • EDUC 417/517 OR EDUC 420/520 OR EDUC 422/522
  • EDUC 418/518 OR EDUC 421/521
  • EDUC 448/548: Advanced Seminar: English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education
  • 100 hours of clinical experiences

Application is due with Checkpoint 1 Program Entrance Review and Interview.

Alumni Accelerated Program

Practicing teachers who completed their licensure program at Lake Forest College with relevant coursework can obtain the ESL and Bilingual Education through an accelerated program. The accelerated program requires two additional courses, one in summer (June term) and another one in fall, both of which can be taken in any sequence. Candidates must have completed the following courses as part of their primary licensure program:

  • EDUC 210: Observing the Schooling Process
  • EDUC 215: Instructional Communications: Theory and Practice
  • EDUC 220: Philosophy of Education
  • EDUC 303/403 OR EDUC 313/413
  • EDUC 304/404 OR EDUC 314/414
  • EDUC 416/516 OR EDUC 419/519
  • EDUC 417/517 OR EDUC 420/520 OR EDUC 422/522
  • EDUC 418/518 OR EDUC 421/521

Additional coursework:

  • EDUC 426/526
  • EDUC 448/548
  • 100 hours of clinical experience
  • Proficiency in an approved language of endorsement (Bilingual Education only). See Illinois language test guideline…

To apply, complete the Educational Endorsement Application or contact the Education Department Program Coordinator, Adrienne Thoms at 847 735-5169 or thoms@lakeforest.edu.

Application deadline:

May 1 (for summer course start date)

August 15 (for fall course start date)