30 credit hours
Earn the Bilingual or ESL endorsement with your Online Master of Science in Early Childhood Education degree and work in a high-growth, high-demand area of early childhood education. Completing this concentration in our online, non-licensure master’s program may enable you to add the Bilingual and/or an ESL endorsement through your state board of education.
- If you have second language proficiency, the bilingual endorsement prepares you to instruct young children in that language as well as English
- An English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement prepares you to instruct new language learners in English
- If you earn the Bilingual endorsement, you will automatically earn the ESL endorsement as well, without needing to complete additional courses
This concentration prepares you to seek the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Early Care and Education (ECE) Level 5 Credential through the Entitled Route. To earn this credential, you will need to complete the appropriate Gateways applications and provide documentation of professional experiences and contributions.