Professional Educator License with Stipulations

Candidates with language proficiency may apply for a transitional bilingual educator endorsement. The endorsement permits you to teach subject matter using the language of the endorsement (for most candidates this will be Spanish) in a pre-K-12th grade bilingual setting and/or a pre-K-6th grade ESL setting.

The transitional endorsement may only be added to a professional educator license with stipulations, and must be applied for separately ($75.00 fee) after you receive your professional educator license. Apply for the Educator License with Stipulations – Transitional Bilingual Educator endorsement through ELIS.

The transitional endorsement is valid for five years. During that time you must complete the coursework listed below and then may apply through ELIS to add the endorsement to your Professional Educator License.

Requirements for the Transitional bilingual educator endorsement:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Professional educator license earned through one of IWU’s approved programs.
  • Be legally present and eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Proficiency in English and the target language, demonstrated by passing the Target Language Proficiency test (The state is in the process of adding several new language proficiency tests for transitional bilingual education (Burmese, Lithuanian, Nepali, Telegu (Telugu), and Ukrainian). The Target Language Proficiency test for Spanish is 056.
  • Refer to Illinois Licensure Testing System for the testing schedule, location, and listing of all target language proficiency tests.

Course requirements for the Bilingual and English as a Second Language endorsement include:

Bilingual

  • Foundations of bilingual education
  • Assessment of the bilingual student
  • Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited English Proficient Students
  • Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Methods and Materials for teaching Limited English Proficient Students in Bilingual Programs
  • Elective (to total 18 semester hours)
  • 100 clock hours or 3 months of teaching experience in a bilingual setting

ESL

  • Foundations of teaching ESL
  • Assessment of the bilingual student
  • Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited English Proficient Students
  • Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Linguistics
  • Elective (to total 18 semester hours)
  • 100 clock hours or 3 months of teaching experience in an ESL/bilingual setting
Some of the above courses are offered by the Educational Studies Department. Coursework also may be taken post-graduation at an institution in the area where you will be teaching.