Online ESL Endorsement

For your convenience, classes are asynchronous and can be taken wherever and whenever is right for you, allowing you the flexibility you need as a working adult.

Online Details

The ESL Endorsement Online Program Is Designed For:

  • Licensed teachers ready for advancement opportunities within their schools or districts.
  • Licensed teachers seeking opportunities for continuing professional development.
  • Students currently pursuing their bachelor’s degree in education and licensure who want to specialize their skills.

The online ESL Endorsement program is offered in a flexible format ideal for working teachers and students with busy schedules. Courses are delivered completely online, are asynchronous and can be taken from anywhere.

Advance Your Teaching Career in 1 Year and Earn Your ESL Endorsement Online

Prepare for continued success as an educator in ESL classrooms and beyond with Illinois College’s online English as a Second Language endorsement. This credential delivers the specialized knowledge and skill sets you need to make a positive impact on English language learners lives. Learn in a flexible format and complete your program in just 1 year.

Illinois College is a small, private, liberal arts college where students benefit from personal attention. Designed by our expert faculty, the ESL endorsement program meets the needs of each individual student so that they can serve English language learners in their own communities.

The ESL Endorsement is designed to be added to an existing Professional Educator License (PEL). According to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the ESL endorsement may be added to early childhood, elementary, middle-grade, high school and special certificates (Pre-K to grade 12).

Courses explore essential ESL teaching topics like linguistics for English language learners, second language acquisition, assessment, evaluation and curriculum design. In addition, required clinical hours are built into the curriculum for hands-on learning opportunities. Our faculty are subject matter experts and current practitioners, so you benefit from their professional and academic expertise.

Because this program meets all ISBE ESL Endorsement requirements, you can be confident you’ll Graduate READY to work as an effective ESL educator, advocate and change agent in the education field. No exam is required to earn the ESL endorsement, so you will automatically qualify after completing your program.

After Graduation

ESL teachers work with English language learners who require focused instruction and assess students to determine their needs and strengths.

Illinois educators with an ESL endorsement are qualified to effectively work with ESL students in the grade range of their Professional Educator License. The program also prepares teachers to advocate for ESL children, educators, administrators, families and communities inside and outside the PreK–12 education system.

When you finish the program, you will be able to:

  • Understand and explain the theories and models of ESL education.
  • Demonstrate the ability to facilitate ESL curriculum development and implementation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate principles and tools in assessing language proficiency.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop remedial ESL instruction, materials, and support.
  • Continuously cultivate and analyze current issues and trends in ESL education.

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Courses and Admissions


The online ESL endorsement program is designed to strengthen your teaching expertise by preparing you to work with ESL learners in a range of contexts. As a student, you will complete 18 semester hours and 100 field hours in your community. Our curriculum is ISBE-approved and meets requirements for ESL endorsement in the state of Illinois.

See the full list of courses HERE.

Admission Requirements
  • Have a current teaching license or be enrolled in an approved teacher preparation program
  • Have either in-service or pre-service teaching experience at PreK-12 levels
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  • Official transcripts of all college work completed
  • Proof of current teaching license or enrollment in a Teacher Preparation Program