Bilingual Education Endorsement

NLU courses meet the Illinois standards for endorsement in Bilingual Education. Earning the endorsement calls for both coursework and fulfilling additional requirements. Students are not required to be admitted to NLU if earning the endorsement independently of any degree program or certificate.


  • 18 SH per the tables below
  • A grade of “C” or better in all coursework is required

Additional requirements:

  • A valid and active Professional Educator License
  • 100 clock hours of clinical experience or 3 months’ teaching experience with limited English proficient students (20 clinical/clock hours may be earned in each course)
  • Proficiency in a foreign language, as demonstrated in the Illinois Target Language Proficiency Exam, is required for the endorsement
  • Note: Candidates may be eligible for financial aid. Contact the Financial Aid office for more information.

Required Courses

Bilingual Education Approval or Endorsement Courses - 15 SH

CIL500Foundations of ESL and Bilingual Education

CIL505Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language

CIL506Methods and Materials for Teaching Bilingual Education

CIL510Assessment of ESL and Bilingual Education Students

CIL531Cross Cultural Education

Bilingual Education Approval or Endorsement Electives - 3 SH

Choose 3 SH from the courses below:
CIL501Introduction to Linguistics for TESOL

CIL511Family Literacy for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Learners

CIL512Reading in a New Language: Linguistic Considerations

CIL532Technology Instruction for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students