Bilingual/ESL graduates serve Chicago’s western suburbs

In January, 13 teachers celebrated the completion of their bilingual/ESL certificate program coursework. The Erikson graduates, who were based at the College of DuPage, return to their classrooms throughout Chicago’s western suburbs better prepared to meet the needs of the increasing number of bilingual, minority, and special needs children.

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“We are certain that our new graduates will take the knowledge and skills they learned and become even stronger advocates for families and children of all backgrounds,” says Luisiana Meléndez, director of the certificate program.

Over the course of the 16-month program, the teachers explored how to meet the needs of new language learners in a culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate manner. This preparation enables them to seek early childhood bilingual and/or ESL approval from the Illinois State Board of Education.

The teachers come from pre-kindergarten to second grade classrooms and joined the program with between two to 20 years of experience.

This was the second and final cohort of students in the certificate program supported by a generous gift from the Grand Victoria Foundation.

Beginning in 2012, Erikson offers its bilingual/ESL certificate program online.
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