Endorsement, ESL

Study Formats Online, On Campus, Blended

This degree is available 100% online and through on-campus cohorts.


Concordia University Chicago's ESL endorsement develops teachers as leaders in their individual classrooms, schools, districts and in the broader global community.

This program achieves a balance between the practical, everyday needs of teachers in the classroom and the critical thinking and decision-making skills that are necessary for candidates to develop as competent teacher leaders. It cultivates a sense of responsibility toward and provides the necessary tools for effective teacher advocacy.

Graduates are equipped to both envision and enact educational change for language learners throughout the country and beyond. The program develops teachers with the integrity to actively respect the learning of all students, integrate appropriate curriculum methodologies across the various content areas, and engage in policy recommendations and advocacy for their communities.

This program prepares educators to be effective in promoting student learning and development in the acquisition of English as a new language.

It is designed to help candidates:

  • Promote the success of all students through developing and implementing a shared vision of learning and the programs which support this learning.
  • Develop basic skills in management of the classroom, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment.
  • Collaborate with staff, boards, students, families, and community members in response to diverse educational and community interests and needs, and mobilize community resources.
  • Demonstrate integrity, fairness and ethical behavior to help in the development of a caring and moral school community.
  • Analyze and respond to the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural contexts.
  • Provide research-based instruction that includes the effective use of technology, attention to special needs populations, ESL literacy, and language development.

Accreditation and Alignment: National Recognition

Concordia-Chicago’s education programs received their first recognition by NCATE in 1962 and the colleges in which they are housed have been continually accredited since that time. The recognition is a highly sought distinction of excellence granted to select few programs across the country that meet the national accrediting body’s highest and most rigorous standards for the preparation of educational leaders.

The ESL endorsement program is aligned with TESOL standards.

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