Endorsements and Approvals

The department offers three (3) endorsements/approvals:

  • Bilingual Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Early Childhood Special Education

Admission requires ICTBS passing scores and Initial teaching license.

ESL and Bilingual Education Approvals

The department offers Illinois Licensed Teachers the option of acquiring stand-alone English as Second Language and/or Bilingual Education Approvals. The two options are explained below.

Bilingual Education Endorsement/Approval

Teachers in approved bilingual education programs may possess either a Transitional Bilingual Certificate or a valid Illinois teaching certificate and a statement of approval issued by the State Board of Education. Since the bilingual certificate is valid for only six years and may only be renewed for a single two-year period, it is anticipated that current holders will seek to qualify for approval as a bilingual teacher or teacher of English as a Second Language. Approvals will only be issued to applicants who already possess a regular teaching certificate and will be limited to the grade levels or subjects for which the teaching certificate is valid.

Approval as a bilingual teacher may be obtain by first submitting an application through the office of a regional superintendent of schools on ISBE Form 73-49, "Request for Approval as a Bilingual or ESL Teacher." The requirements for obtaining this approval are as follows:

  1. A valid Illinois teacher certificate;
  2. Bilingual clinical experience totaling 100 clock hours or three months teaching experience in bilingual programs;
  3. Successful completion of a language examination in the non-English language to be taught;
  4. Credits totaling 18 semester hours distributed among the following course areas:
Subj CRSECRSE TitleISBE TitleTerm Offered
BIL 4700/5700 (3hr)History and Philosophy of Bilingual EducationFoundations of Bilingual EducationFall Term
BIL 4720/5720 (3hr)Evaluation, Assessment and Testing for Language Minority TeacherAssessment of Bilingual StudentsSpring Term
BIL 4300/5300 (3hr)Methods and Materials for Teaching in Bilingual ProgramsMethods & Materials for Teaching Limited-English-Proficient Students in Bilingual ProgramsFall Term
BIL 4050/5050 (3hr)History and Philosophy of Bilingual EducationCross-Cultural Studies for Teaching, Limited English Prof. StudentsFall Term
BIL 4350/5350 (3hr)Methods & Materials for Teaching English as a Second LanguageMethods & Materials for Teaching, English as a Second LanguageFall Term
BIL 4240/5240 (3hr)Language & LearningLinguisticsSpring Term
BIL 4100/5100 (3hr)Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESLTheoretical Foundations of Teaching ESLSummer Term
Total 21 Credit Hours

Course Sequence Offered at Chicago State
Fall TermSpring TermSummer Term
BIL 4700/5700-History and Philosophy of Bilingual EducationBIL 4720/5720 - Evaluation, Assessment and Testing for Language Minority TeacherBIL 4100/5100 - Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL
BIL 4050/5050 -History and Philosophy of Bilingual EducationBIL 4240/5240 - Language & Learning 
BIL 4300/5300 - Methods and Materials for Teaching in Bilingual Programs  
BIL 4350/5350 - Methods & Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language  
Total: 21 hrs *Method courses can only be taken if student is formally admitted in COE

English as a Second Language Endorsement/ Approval

Teachers in approved bilingual education programs may possess either a Transitional Bilingual Certificate or a valid Illinois teaching certificate and a statement of approval issued by the State Board of Education. Since the bilingual certificate is valid for only six years and may only be renewed for a single two-year period, it is anticipated that current holders will seek to qualify for approval as a bilingual teacher or teacher of English as a Second Language. Approvals will only be issued to applicants who already possess a regular teaching certificate and will be limited to the grade levels or subjects for which the teaching certificate is valid.

Approval to teach ESL in the context of a state-approved bilingual education program may be obtain by making application through the office of a regional superintendent of schools on ISBE Form 73-49, "Request for Approval as a Bilingual or ESL Teacher." The requirements for obtaining this approval are as follows:

  1. A valid Illinois teacher certificate;
  2. ESL clinical experience totaling 100 clock hours or three months teaching experience with ESL students;
  3. Credits totaling 18 semester hours distributed among the following course areas:
Subj CRSECRSE TitleISBE TitleTerm Offered
BIL 4700/5700 (3hr)History and Philosophy of Bilingual EducationFoundations of Bilingual EducationFall Term
BIL 4720/5720 (3hr)Evaluation, Assessment and Testing for Language Minority TeacherAssessment of Bilingual StudentsSpring Term
BIL 4050/5050 (3hr)Studies in Cross Cultural EducationCross-Cultural Studies for Teaching, Limited English Prof. StudentsFall Term
BIL 4350/5350 (3hr)Methods & Materials for Teaching English as a Second LanguageMethods & Materials for Teaching, English as a Second LanguageFall Term
BIL 4240/5240 (3hr)Language & LearningLinguisticsSpring Term
BIL 4100/5100 (3hr)Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESLTheoretical Foundations of Teaching ESLSummer Term
18 Total Credit Hours

Course Sequence Offered at Chicago State
Fall TermSpring TermSummer Term
BIL 4700/5700-History and Philosophy of Bilingual EducationBIL 4720/5720- Evaluation, Assessment and Testing for Language Minority TeacherBIL 4100/5100- BIL 4100/5100- Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL
BIL 4050/5050-History and Philosophy of Bilingual EducationBIL 4240/5240-Language & Learning 
BIL 4350/5350- Methods & Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language  
TOTAL: 18 HRS *Method courses can only be taken if student is formally admitted in COE
Individuals who obtain an ESL approval may teach in the capacity only at the grade level for which their regular certificate is valid.

Early Childhood Special Education Letter of Approval

The department offers a Letter of Approval in Early Childhood Special Education. An Early Childhood Special Education letter of approval can only be issued to a teacher holding an Illinois License in Teaching with an Early Childhood Endorsement or Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS I) Endorsement (Pre K- Age 21).

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Approval

This approval allows individuals to teach Early Childhood Special Education for children up to the age of six (6). The course of study must address the range of development (birth through age 5) and focus on meeting the needs of children with special needs and their families in the home, school, and community. This approval does not expire.

Chicago State University's Early Childhood-Primary Program offers an ECSE approval that is entitled by Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for:

  1. Illinois Licensed Teachers with an Early Childhood Endorsement. Licensed Teachers with this endorsement can earn the Early Childhood Special Education Letter of Approval (Illinois Administrative Transition Rules: Section 226.810 (f) Special Education Teacher Approval.)
  2. Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS I) Endorsement (Pre K- Age 21). The Early Childhood Special Education Letter of Approval can also be added to an Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS I) Endorsement (Pre K- Age 21) which qualifies the teacher to teach special education below kindergarten level. (It cannot be added to any other certificate)

The following 4 courses must be completed at CSU to earn the Early Childhood Special Education Letter of Approval:

  1. A valid Illinois License in Teaching with an Endorsement in Early Childhood or a teacher holding a Special Education License Endorsement; www.isbe.net/licensure/word/updating_early.doc
  2. Credits totaling 12 semester hours distributed among the following course areas:
Subj CRSECRSE TitleISBE TitleTerm Offered
ECSE 4319/5319 (3/f 30hrs)Early Childhood Special Education MethodsMethodsFall Term
ECSE 4850/5850 (3)Early Childhood Screening and AssessmentAssessmentSpring Term
ECSE 4309/5309 (3)Atypical and Typical Language Development in Young ChildrenLanguage DevelopmentFall Term
ECSE 4150/5150 (3)Family, Schools & Communities in Early Childhood Special EducationFamily and Community RelationshipsSpring Term
Total 12 Credit Hours

Course Sequence Offered at Chicago State
Fall TermSpring TermPrerequisites
ECSE 4319/5319 (3/f 30hrs)- Early Childhood Special Education MethodsECSE 4850/5850 (3)- Early Childhood Screening and AssessmentAdmission to COE or Teaching Licensure with Early Childhood Endorsement
ECSE 4309/5309 (3)- Atypical and Typical Language Development in Young ChildrenECSE 4150/5150 (3)- Family, Schools & Communities in Early Childhood Special Education
Total: 12 Credit Hours