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
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
BIL52403Language and LearningNoneConsent of the Department
BIL50503Studies in Cross/Cultural EducationNoneConsent of the Department
BIL57203Evaluation, Assessment and Testing for Language Minority Teachers20BIL 5700, BIL5100 & Consent of the Department
BIL57003History and Philosophy of Bilingual EducationNoneConsent of the Department
BIL57403Curriculum DesignNoneConsent of the Department
ED59603Foundations of Educational ResearchNoneTaken after completion of 24 semester hours in a master's program
BIL53003Methods and Materials for Teaching in Bilingual EducationNoneProficiency in English and another language& consent of the department
BIL52303Reading & Language Arts in the Bilingual Classroom15Consent of the Department
BIL51503Foundations of Literacy in Linguistically Different ClassroomsNoneBIL 5100 & Consent of the department
BIL51003Teaching ESL: Theoretical FoundationsNoneBIL 5700 & Consent of the Department
BIL57603Best Practices in Bilingual Education.NoneConsent of the Department
BIL58003Master ThesisNoneConsent 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
DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
ED53123Teaching w/ TechnologyNoneConsent of the Department
BIL52403Language and LearningNoneConsent of the Department
BIL57003History and Philosophy of  Bilingual Ed.NoneConsent of the Department
BIL57403Curriculum DesignNoneConsent of the Department
ED50003Philosophy of Education10Consent of the Department
PSYC58303Educational Psychology10Consent of the Department
S ED53013Characteristics of the Exceptional Child15Consent of the Department
BIL51503Foundations of Literacy in Linguistically Different ClassroomsNoneBIL 5100 & Consent of the Department
BIL51003Teaching ESL: Theoretical FoundationsNoneBIL 5700 & Consent of the Department
BIL50503Studies in Cross Cultural EducationNoneConsent of the Department
BIL57203Evaluation, Assessment and Testing for Language Minority Teachers20BIL 5700, BIL 5100 & Consent of the Department
PE20403Health/PE for ElementaryNoneConsent of Department
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DisciplineCourse NumberCredit HoursCourse TitleField HoursPrerequisite
S ED53032Teaching Students  w/Except Needs15S ED 5301 & Consent of the Department
ELED51703Teaching Math Elementary School10MATH 1010, 1020; ELED 3010 or BIL 2000.
READ52804Teach Reading/ Language Arts10ELED 3010 or BIL 2000, and READ 3700 or BIL 5150. Consent of the Department
ELED or BIL5190 or 52203Teaching Literature and Humanities in Linguistically Diverse ClassroomsNoneAdmission into the College of Education
BIL or READ5230 or 51603Reading & Language Arts in the Bilingual Classroom15Admission into the College of Education
BIL53003Methods & Materials for Teaching in Bilingual Programs25Consent of the Department
BIL53503Methods & materials for Teaching ESL20ENG 5330 or BIL 5240
BIL54003Field Practicum100ELED 5170, ELED5180 or BIL 5300, BIL5350
ED59603Foundations of Educational ResearchNoneTaken after completion of 24 semester hours in a master's program & consent of the department
BIL57603Best Practices in Bilingual EducationNoneConsent of the Department
BIL58003ThesisNoneConsent of the Department
BIL54506Student Teaching432hrs
(A full semester)
Completion of all approved coursework, 3.0 GPA, passing of all state required exams