Graduate Degrees in Bilingual Education

The purpose of the Bilingual Education graduate degree program(s) is to prepare teachers for ESL or bilingual early childhood, elementary or secondary classrooms. They are designed to prepare reflective practitioners to work with English Language Learners (ELLs) in multicultural environments who:

  • Reflect on and evaluate the effects of their choices and actions on the educational community and who actively seek out opportunities to grow professionally;
  • Understand and use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students’ development of critical thinking, problem solving and performance skills;
  • Understand how students differ in their approaches to learning and create instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners;
  • Understand and use formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the intellectual and social development of the learner;
  • Foster relationships with colleagues, families, and agencies in the larger community to support students’ learning and well-being.

An initial licensure with a master's degree is also available for those individuals who have bachelor's degrees in other disciplines and want to acquire an Illinois Teaching License in Elementary/Bilingual Education.

Master of Science in Bilingual Education

The Bilingual Education program offers a Master of Science in Education degree in Bilingual Education for Illinois licensed teachers seeking an M.S. Ed. and bilingual and/or ESL state approvals.

Master of Science Degree in Bilingual Education
Total of 36 Credit Hours
Professional Education Courses
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
BIL 5240 3 Language and Learning None Consent of the Department
BIL 5050 3 Studies in Cross/Cultural Education None Consent of the Department
BIL 5720 3 Evaluation, Assessment and Testing for Language Minority Teachers 20 BIL 5700, BIL5100 & Consent of the Department
BIL 5700 3 History and Philosophy of Bilingual Education None Consent of the Department
BIL 5740 3 Curriculum Design None Consent of the Department
ED 5960 3 Foundations of Educational Research None Taken after completion of 24 semester hours in a master's program
BIL 5300 3 Methods and Materials for Teaching in Bilingual Education None Proficiency in English and another language& consent of the department
BIL 5230 3 Reading & Language Arts in the Bilingual Classroom 15 Consent of the Department
BIL 5150 3 Foundations of Literacy in Linguistically Different Classrooms None BIL 5100 & Consent of the department
BIL 5100 3 Teaching ESL: Theoretical Foundations None BIL 5700 & Consent of the Department
BIL 5760 3 Best Practices in Bilingual Education. None Consent of the Department
BIL 5800 3 Master Thesis None Consent of the Department

Master of Science in Bilingual Education + Licensure

The Bilingual Education program also offers programming for noncertified individuals seeking Initial Teacher Licensure with an Elementary  Endorsement along with bilingual and/or ESL approvals.

Master of Science in Bilingual Education
Includes Teaching Licensure
Professional Education Courses
Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
ED 5312 3 Teaching w/ Technology None Consent of the Department
BIL 5240 3 Language and Learning None Consent of the Department
BIL 5700 3 History and Philosophy of  Bilingual Ed. None Consent of the Department
BIL 5740 3 Curriculum Design None Consent of the Department
ED 5000 3 Philosophy of Education 10 Consent of the Department
PSYC 5830 3 Educational Psychology 10 Consent of the Department
S ED 5301 3 Characteristics of the Exceptional Child 15 Consent of the Department
BIL 5150 3 Foundations of Literacy in Linguistically Different Classrooms None BIL 5100 & Consent of the Department
BIL 5100 3 Teaching ESL: Theoretical Foundations None BIL 5700 & Consent of the Department
BIL 5050 3 Studies in Cross Cultural Education None Consent of the Department
BIL 5720 3 Evaluation, Assessment and Testing for Language Minority Teachers 20 BIL 5700, BIL 5100 & Consent of the Department
PE 2040 3 Health/PE for Elementary None Consent of Department
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Discipline Course Number Credit Hours Course Title Field Hours Prerequisite
S ED 5303 2 Teaching Students  w/Except Needs 15 S ED 5301 & Consent of the Department
ELED 5170 3 Teaching Math Elementary School 10 MATH 1010, 1020; ELED 3010 or BIL 2000.
READ 5280 4 Teach Reading/ Language Arts 10 ELED 3010 or BIL 2000, and READ 3700 or BIL 5150. Consent of the Department
ELED or BIL 5190 or 5220 3 Teaching Literature and Humanities in Linguistically Diverse Classrooms None Admission into the College of Education
BIL or READ 5230 or 5160 3 Reading & Language Arts in the Bilingual Classroom 15 Admission into the College of Education
BIL 5300 3 Methods & Materials for Teaching in Bilingual Programs 25 Consent of the Department
BIL 5350 3 Methods & materials for Teaching ESL 20 ENG 5330 or BIL 5240
BIL 5400 3 Field Practicum 100 ELED 5170, ELED5180 or BIL 5300, BIL5350
ED 5960 3 Foundations of Educational Research None Taken after completion of 24 semester hours in a master's program & consent of the department
BIL 5760 3 Best Practices in Bilingual Education None Consent of the Department
BIL 5800 3 Thesis None Consent of the Department
BIL 5450 6 Student Teaching 432hrs
(A full semester)
Completion of all approved coursework, 3.0 GPA, passing of all state required exams