Earn Your Bilingual Endorsement
In the highly competitive field of education, this credential will set you apart as a teacher ready for specialized classrooms, or to incorporate these skills into any school setting. North Park’s bilingual endorsement program will advance your career and make you a more effective teacher.
Our program will help you meet the requirements for earning this endorsement: a valid professional Illinois teacher license; bilingual clinical experience totaling 100 clock hours, or three months, teaching experience in bilingual programs; successful completion of a language exam in the non-English language to be taught; and credits totaling 18 semester hours from among the course topics we offer.
In the bilingual endorsement program, you will gain hands-on classroom experience in ESL and bilingual settings; explore the relationship between language and society; learn assessment techniques of ESL and bilingual students; and examine multicultural and socioeconomic activity.
Upon completion of the endorsement, you’ll understand bilingual education methods in both theory and practice, and be able to serve as an effective teacher in the bilingual classroom setting.
Our compassionate, experienced faculty spend time in the field to master the latest best practices and regularly contribute to advancing the framework of education. They will teach you best practices in education—and prepare you to lead and transform others wherever your career takes you.
North Park offers a 25% tuition discount for full-time employees, teachers, and/or day-to-day substitute teachers in public or private Chicago schools as well as students who enroll in the master of arts in educational leadership (MAEL) program.