Bilingual Undergraduate Degree Programs

The department offers two undergraduate degree options in Bilingual Education: BSED with Teacher Licensure and ESL Approval and BSED Bilingual Specialist Option which is a non-teaching option.

Bilingual BSED With Teacher Licensure Option

The Bilingual Licensure Degree Program leads to the Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Bilingual Elementary Education with an ESL Approval. The purpose of the program is to prepare elementary teachers who can effectively teach all children, including English Language Learners (ELLs). Completion of the Bilingual Elementary Education program qualifies students for an Illinois Teacher Licensure with Elementary Endorsement and a Illinois Transitional Bilingual Approval in Spanish.

BSED Bilingual Elementary Education Licensure Program-129 credit hours total
Includes Bilingual & ESL Approvals - General Education Courses (45 credit hours)
Composition (6cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
ENG12703Composition INoneUniversity Exams
ENG12803Composition IINoneUniversity Exams
Humanities (12cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
CMAT1130 or 20303Oral Communication for professionalsNoneNone
ART1100 or 26003Art AppreciationNoneNone
MUSIC11343Music AppreciationNoneNone
ENG12603Eng LiteratureNoneNone
Natural Sciences (9cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
BIO15103Concepts of BiolNone15cr hrs
PH S11303Practical Chemistry I Lect & Labw/ LabNone
PH S11403Practical Earth & Space Science I Lect & Labw/ LabNone
Social Sciences (12cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
HIST13103US History since1877NoneReading Exam
GEOG11003Globalization & DiversityNoneNone
PSYC11003Intro PSYCNoneNone
PSYC*2040
*B grade or higher required
3PSYC Childhood & AdolNonePSYC 1100
Mathematics (6cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
MATH10103Math for Elementary Teachers INoneUniversity Exam or Math 0990
MATH10203Math for Elementary Teachers IINoneMath 1010
Area of Concentration (12 credit hours)
*12 credit hours in upper level (2000-4000) Spanish courses only (i.e. Span 2060). 6credits must be in Spanish Literature
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
*Spanish # 1-3-NoneSee Catalog
*Spanish # 2-3-NoneSee Catalog
*Span Lit # 3-3-NoneSee Catalog
*Span Lit # 4-3-NoneSee Catalog
Professional Education Courses (39 credit hours)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
ED15001COE SeminarNoneUniversity Exam
ED15202Introduction to Teaching15hrsUniversity Exam
ED43123Educational ComputingNoneED 1500
BIL47003Foundations of Bilingual EducationNoneNone
BIL20003Prin & Prac in Bilingual10hrsBIL 4700
ED20003Hist & Phil of Edu20hrsBIL 4700 or ED 1520
PSYC20203Educational PSYC ELED10hrsPSYC 1100 and PSYC 2040
S ED43013Characteristics of Exceptional Children15hrsPSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
BIL42403Tch Math Elem School15hrsNone
BIL41503Tch Lit in Ling Dif Cl BIL 4100
BIL41003Teach ESL20hrsBIL 4700
BIL40503Cr-Cult St Lng Minor20hrsConsent of Dept
BIL47203Eval/Assess/Tch Lang20hrsBIL 4700, 2000, 4100
PE20403Hlth/PE for Elem TchrsNoneNone
*Professional Education Methods Courses ( 33 credit hours)
Courses below may only be taken after you have passed the state Language Proficiency Test (TLP 056-Spanis)h and Test of Academic Proficiency (T.A.P. Exam formerly known as the Basic Skills Test) Required of all teacher candidates. Candidates must apply and have been accepted into the College of Education
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
All require admission into COE
*S ED43032Teaching Students with Exceptional Needs15hrsS ED 4301
*ELED41703Tch Math Elem School20hrsMath 1010, BIL 2000
*READ42804Tch Rdg/ Lang Arts10hrsREAD 3700 or BIL 4150, 4170
*BIL or ELED4220 or 41903Tch Lit & Hum BIL 2000
*BIL42303Rd/Lang in Bilingual Classroom15hrsBIL 2000
*BIL43003Meth/Mat Bil Prog25hrsBIL 2000
*BIL43503ESL Meth & Mat25hrsBIL 4100
*READ4160 or 37003Rd Assess for Classroom Teachers or Foundations in Reading Instruction BIL 4150
*BIL44003Field Practicum100hrsELED 4170, BIL 4300
*BIL44506Student Teaching400+BIL 4400, COE Admit/GPA 2.5 cum, 3.0 professional courses

Bilingual Specialist Option

The Bilingual Specialist Degree Program is a non-teaching option that provides completers with the multidisciplinary preparation necessary to work in agencies that require bilingual specialists who can advocate and assist speakers of other languages. Degree candidates will be prepared to work in community organizations or social service agencies. Depending on their selection (Social Sciences or Health and Science), they will be able to work in any of these areas of service:

  • Community education
  • Community health
  • Crisis intervention
  • Disability services
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug abuse/prevention
  • Ethnic organizations
  • Family services
  • Single parents’ services
  • Home care services
  • Homeless services
  • Housing assistance
  • Human services
  • Immigrant assistance
  • Public information
  • Men’s and women’s services
  • Youth services

The Bilingual Specialist Program does not lead to teacher certification. After completion of general education and initial professional education courses, candidates choose either Option 1 (Social Sciences) or Option 2 (Health and Science) to complete their program. (See options below).

BSED Bilingual Elementary Non-Teaching Options- 120 credit hours total
General Education Courses (45 credit hours)
Composition (6cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
ENG12703Composition INoneUniversity Exams
ENG12803Composition IINoneUniversity Exams
Humanities (12cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
CMAT1130 or 20303Oral Communication for professionalsNoneNone
ART1100 or 26003Art AppreciationNoneNone
MUSIC11343Music AppreciationNoneNone
ENG12603Eng LiteratureNoneNone
Natural Sciences (9cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
BIO15103Concepts of BiolNone15cr hrs
PH S11303Pract Chemistry I Lectw/ LabNone
PH S11403Pract Earth & Space Science I Lectw/ LabNone
Social Sciences (12cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
HIST13103US History since1877NoneReading Exam
GEOG11003Globalization & DiversityNoneNone
PSYC11003Intro PsychologyNoneNone
PSYC*2040
*B grade or higher required
3Psychology Childhood & AdolescentsNonePSYC 1100
Mathematics (6cr hrs)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
MATH10103Math for Elementary Teachers INoneUniversity Exam or Math 0990
MATH10203Math for Elementary Teachers IINoneMath 1010  
Area of Concentration (12credit hours)
*12 credit hours in upper level (2000-4000) Spanish courses only (i.e. Span 2060). 6 credits must be in Spanish Literature
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
*Spanish  # 1-3-NoneSee Catalog
*Spanish  # 2-3-NoneSee Catalog
*Span Lit # 3-3-NoneSee Catalog
*Span Lit # 4-3-NoneSee Catalog
Professional Education Courses (39 credit hours)
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
ED15001COE SeminarNoneUniversity Exam
ED15202Introduction to Teaching15hrsUniversity Exam
ED43123Educational ComputingNoneED 1500
BIL47003Foundations of Bilingual EducationNoneNone
BIL20003Prin & Prac in Bilingual10hrsBIL 4700
ED20003Hist & Phil of Edu20hrsBIL 4700 or ED 1520
PSYC20203Educational PSYC10hrsPSYC 1100 and PSYC 2040
S ED43013Characteristics of Exceptional Children15hrsPSYC 2040
*grade B or better required
BIL42403Tch Math Elem School15hrsNone
BIL41503Tch Lit in Ling Dif Cl BIL 4100
BIL41003Teach ESL20hrsBIL 4700
BIL40503Cr-Cult St Lng Minor20hrsConsent of Dept
BIL47203Eval/Assess/Tch Lang20hrsBIL 4700, 2000, 4100
PE20403Hlth/PE for Elem TchrsNoneNone
Choose from the two (2) Options below: Social Science & Health Science
Option 1 Non-teaching (Social Science) 24 credit hours
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
ACCT21103Introduction to Financial Accounting Lecture & LaboratoryNoneUniversity Math Exam
ENGChoose 1 from:
ENG 2790
ENG 3030
3- Business Writing,
- Practicum Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages
NoneUniversity English Exam
FIN26603Principles of FinanceNoneACCT 2110
FIN36603Financial InstitutionsNoneACCT 2660
MGMT30103Principles of ManagementNone 
SOC10103Introduction to SociologyNoneNone
SOCChoose 1 from:
SOC 1110
SOC 3350
SOC 3340
3-Social Problems
-Complex Orgs
-Urban Social Policy
NoneSOC 1010
SPANChoose 1 from:
SPAN 3200
SPAN 3100
SPAN 4330
3-Spanish for Community & Social Service Professionals
-Introduction to the Art of Translation
-Spanish for Business  I
NoneSpanish Department Consent
Option 2 Non-teaching (Health & Science) 24 credit hours
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
ENGChoose 1 from:
ENG 2790
ENG 3030
3- Business Writing,
- Practicum Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages
NoneUniversity English Exam
H SC22503Health Care EthicsNoneNone
H SC33193Introduction to Public HealthNoneENG 128, College Biology or Consent of Chairperson
BIOL11503Human BiologyNoneNone
BIOL15103Concepts of BiologyNone15 hrs of College credit
PSYC33003The Psychology of ParentingNonePSYC 1100
PSYC33203Family & Community ViolenceNonePSYC 1100
SPANChoose 1 from:
SPAN 3200
SPAN 3100
SPAN 4330
3-Spanish for Community & Social Service Professionals
-Introduction to the Art of Translation
-Spanish for Business  I
NoneSpanish Department Consent