College of Education & Human Services

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with Bilingual Education Endorsement (Grades 1-6)

Program Overview

  • Provides the Elementary Education Licensure, Bilingual Education Endorsement, and the English as Second Language (ESL) Endorsement in one program.
    • Qualifies for many teaching positions (e.g., Elementary classroom teacher; Bilingual/Dual language education teacher; ESL teacher; Bilingual/ESL Program Coordinator; Bilingual/ESL Resource teacher).
  • Provides supervised practicums and student teaching experiences where students gain expertise working in a variety of elementary classrooms. 
  • Develops expertise in addressing the learning needs of ALL students.
  • Provides opportunities to participate in service activities, field trips, and career-related outings.
  • Provides professional development activities geared toward working in the ESL field.
  • Includes a minor in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) which enhances career opportunities in adults education and teaching English abroad.

Why Choose Bilingual/English as a Second Language Education at WIU?

  • Job placement for our graduates has consistently been at 100%.
  • Medium-size classes where professors can provide individualized attention.
  • Partnerships with urban, suburban and rural districts and schools.
  • Student teaching placement in model programs across the state and region.
  • Cutting-edge and evidence-based course content.   
  • Emphasis on student and family advocacy.
  • Opportunities to study abroad in many countries specific for future teachers
  • Opportunity to earn both the bilingual and ESL endorsements and Elementary Education licensure.
  • Various financial aid packages are available at Western.  
  • Many Scholarships specific to this degree.

Degree Requirements

Freshman Admission Standards for High School Students

Test Optional
Students with a high school diploma and a 3.3 or higher high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) will be automatically admitted to WIU. Western is one of just two public institutions in the state that are test-optional in regard to college admissions.    Students must have a high school diploma and meet the requirements below.

GPA Only
Students with a 3.3 high school grade point average, on a 4.0 scale, will be admitted.

GPA plus SAT/ACT
Students between a 3.29 and a 2.0 high school grade point average will need to submit SAT/ACT scores. 

Top 10% of Class Admission
Students in the top 10% of their high school class will be automatically admitted to WIU.

Bilingual/English as a Second Language Education

Qualified bilingual/ESL teachers are in high demand throughout the state and nation. The School of Education offers an undergraduate major in Bilingual/Bicultural Education (Spanish language). Students completing the program also complete all requirements to qualify for elementary licensure. Students will be granted approval for ESL through the Illinois State Board of Education.

In addition, the School of Education offers six other undergraduate teaching degree programs; seven advanced degrees in education (MSED, EdS, and EdD); and, numerous educator endorsement programs.

Students majoring in the bilingual program may apply for state scholarships and for tuition and stipend awards through federal and state grant funds when available.

Central advising for bilingual/elementary majors is maintained in Horrabin Hall 91. Secondary majors should consult with the secondary education adviser, also located in Horrabin Hall 91 (www.wiu.edu/coehs/cpep/advising/advisors.php). For further information, contact Gloria Delanny-Barmann, program coordinator, in the School of Education.

EARN YOUR ESL ENDORSEMENT

 

Currently, Illinois and many other states are requiring ESL and Bilingual endorsements to teach in multilingual classrooms.

The ESL endorsement suits a variety of teaching backgrounds which range from Pre-kindergarten to High School. The endorsement can be obtained by pre-service as well as in-service teachers.  It is not a requirement to be bilingual to complete the ESL endorsement.

  The School of Education at Western Illinois University offers the following required ESL endorsement courses:

EDS 427 G - Foundations of  Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations: 3 s.h.

(3) An introduction to the historical, political, social, and educational issues that have contributed to policy regarding public school services for language minority populations. Clinical experience of 15 hours required.

EDS 435 G - Cultural Studies of Second Language Learners in the Classroom: 3 s.h.

(3) The study of historical and contemporary social and cultural issues affecting selected ethnic groups, with particular emphasis on the impact of culture, learning, and schooling on second language learners in U.S. schools. Clinical experience—15 hours required.

EDS 440G Sociolinguistics OR EDS 430G Bilingual Methods and Materials: 3 s.h.

(3) Exploration of foundational work in the field of sociolinguistics and current issues in the field. This course will emphasize the culture language interface at the level of social relationships with special emphasis on educational settings. Prerequisite: ANTH 110 or EIS 302 or equivalent.

EDS 457 G - Methods and Materials of Teaching ESL: 3 s.h.

(3) Analysis of language learning processes of bilingual children. The appropriate order for learning basic skills in two languages will be discussed and techniques of teaching English as a second language will be introduced and practiced. Clinical experience—15 hours required. A grade of C or higher must be earned for teacher certification.

EDS 458 G - Linguistics for the Teacher of English Language Learners: 3 s.h.

(3) The study of linguistics applied to teaching limited-English-speaking students. Includes English and non-English phonology, syntax, analysis, and application of linguistic theory. Clinical experience—20 hours required.

EDS 453 G -  Assessment of Bilingual and ESL Students: 3 s.h.

(3) Selection, administration, and interpretation of measurement instruments. Description of testing: multicultural, bilingual, ESL, language competency tests; language proficiency/achievement testing; linguistic/ cultural aspects of intelligence testing; assessment in classroom. Clinical experience of 20 hours required.

For more information on ESL Endorsements and requirements, please visit: http://www.isbe.net/certification/html/esl_endorsement.htm

 

Bilingual Endorsement

The School of Education at Western Illinois University offers the following required BILINGUAL endorsement courses:
EDS 427 G - Foundations of  Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations: 3 s.h.

 (3) An introduction to the historical, political, social, and educational issues that have contributed to policy regarding public school services for language minority populations. Clinical experience of 15 hours required.

EDS 430 G - Methods and Material for Teaching in Bilingual Programs: 3 s.h.

 (3) Acquaints students with methodology and materials, with instruction in the r.reparation of audio and visual teaching aids, lesson plans, behavioral objectives, and the inquiry teaching methods for the bilingual/ESL classroom. Portion of content r.resented in Spanish. Cliillcal experience-15 hours required. A grade of C or higher must be earned for teacher certification.

EDS 435 G - Cultural Studies of Second Language Learners: 3 s.h.

 (3) The study of historical and contemporary social and cultural issues affecting selected ethnic groups, with particular emphasis on the impact of culture, learning, and schooling on second language learners in U.S. schools. Clinical experience-15 hours required.

EDS 457 G - Methods & Materials of Teaching ESL: 3 s.h.

 (3) Analysis of language learning processes of bilingual children. The appropriate order for learning basic skills in two languages will be discussed and techniques o teaching English as a second language will be introduced and practiced. Clinical experience-15 hours required. A grade of C or nigher must be earned for teacher certification.

EDS 458 G - Linguistics for the Teacher of English Language Learners: 3 s.h.

 (3) The study of linguistics applied to teaching limited-English-speaking students. Includes English and in-English phonology, syntax, analysis, and application of linguistic theory. Clinical experience-20 hours required.

EDS 453 G - Assessment of Bilingual & ESL Students: 3 s.h.

 (3) Selection, administration, and interpretation of measurement instruments. Description of testing: multicultural, bilingual, ESL, language competency tests; language proficiency/achievement testing; linguistic/ cultural aspects of intelligence testing; assessment in classroom. Clinical experience of 20 hours required.

 ** Successful completion of a language examination in the non-English language to be taught.

 For more information on Bilingual and ESL Endorsements and requirements, please visit:  http://www.isbe.net/certification/html/esl_endorsement.htm