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:
CUC offers an articulated program of postgraduate courses in the ESL endorsement program and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with ESL endorsement. The ESL endorsement program is designed to prepare graduates to work with culturally and linguistically diverse students in the PK-12 classroom. Coursework is oriented toward language pedagogy and second language acquisition research. This program aims to extend both theoretical and practical knowledge about teaching and learning English in order to meet the needs of teachers in diverse contexts, and is a nationally recognized program.
The ESL endorsement (only) program is a non-degree program, which leads to an Illinois endorsement in ESL. If you wish to complete a Master’s degree and your ESL endorsement at the same time, please apply to the Master of Arts-Curriculum and Instruction with ESL endorsement program or to the Master of Arts in ESL program. Because the ESL endorsement (only) program is non-degree, students enrolled in this program are not eligible for financial aid.
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.