Educational Studies

Bachelor of Science in Bilingual/English as a Second Language Education

Program Overview

Bilingual/ English as Second Language/Qualified Bilingual/teachers are in high demand throughout the state and nation. WIU offers a Bachelor of Science in Bilingual/Bicultural Education (Spanish language). Students who complete this program also complete all requirements for elementary education licensure. The Bilingual/Bicultural Education program at WIU includes a supervised practicum field experience as well as student teaching, giving majors hands-on practice before entering the workforce.  Job placement for our graduates has consistently been at 100%.

WIU established the first Bilingual Bicultural Education program as a state approved program in 1973. Since that time we have been committed to providing quality bilingual education to both in-service and pre-service teachers. We have graduates who work all over Illinois, the US, and in various other countries as bilingual/ESL educators and administrators.In the last two decades, the program has been offered to multiple cohorts of in-service teachers seeking and completing the Bilingual Education endorsement across Illinois.Specifically, we have partnered with the districts of Elgin, East Aurora, Waukegan, Moline, Rock Island, Springfield, and Beardstown. In the later community we have seen unprecedented growth in the English Language Learner population over the past 15 years, with a 5,000 % increase in the community of ELLs from a variety of Spanish-speaking and Francophone countries. We have seen similar changes in Monmouth, IL. We have worked with many teachers, administrators, and students from both communities and strive to recruit students from there into our Bilingual/English as a Second Language Education Program as a way to “grow our own” in the area. Latinos in the rural Midwest is one of the fastest growing populations and our academic program is of vital need for addressing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of teachers who work with these culturally and linguistically diverse students. 

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

  • Complete all requirements to qualify for elementary licensure.
  • Granted approval for ESL through the Illinois State Board of Education Special Opportunities.
  • The Bilingual/Bicultural Education program has its own organization.
  • Opportunities to participate in service activities, field trips, and career-related outings.
  • Professional development activities geared toward working in the bilingual/ bicultural field.
  • Newly enrolled students are partnered with upperclassmen as a part of the association’s mentor program.
  • Various financial aid packages are also available at Western. 
Degree Requirements

Freshman Admission Standards for High School Graduates

Western Illinois University is committed to admitting students whose academic records indicate a high potential for success. The University primarily considers ACT/SAT scores and high school GPA in the admission decision. Additional factors such as a personal statement and letters of support are taken into account for applicants whose ACT/SAT scores or high school GPA fall below our typical student profile.

  • ACT Composite Score (average): 21.0 (SAT equivalent 990)
  • ACT Composite Score (middle 50%): 18–23 (SAT equivalent 870–1070)
  • High School GPA (average): 3.00
  • High School GPA (middle 50%): 2.63–3.34

Applicants whose ACT/SAT score or high school GPA falls below the middle 50% range of this profile are encouraged to submit a personal statement which addresses their academic goals and how they plan to realize those goals at WIU. The statement may also explain any extenuating circumstances that may have affected their academic performance in high school. Letters of support, if provided, will also be considered.

Applicants whose ACT/SAT score or high school GPA falls below the middle 50% of the freshman profile may be admitted regularly or into the Academic Services Program (alternative admission program). Please visit the Academic Services Program for more information.

High School Curriculum Requirements

Freshman entering WIU are to have completed the following high school course work prior to entering the University:

  • English: four years of courses, with emphasis on written and oral communication and literature
  • Social Studies: three years of courses, emphasizing history and government
  • Mathematics: three years of courses, introductory through advanced algebra, geometry, trigonometry, or fundamentals of computer programming
  • Science: three years of courses, laboratory sciences which include biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, or other college preparatory sciences
  • Other: two years of electives to be selected from art, film, foreign language, music, speech, theatre, journalism, religion, philosophy, and vocational education

If a student has not completed the course-specific requirements, the University will evaluate those students on a case-by-case basis for evidence of the mastery of skills in the area(s) of the deficiency.

Bilingual/English as a Second Language Education

Qualified bilingual/ESL teachers are in high demand throughout the state and nation. The Department of Educational Studies 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 department offers three Master of Science graduate degrees—Masters of Science in Education in Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies; Masters of Science in Education in Educational Leadership and Masters of Science in College Student Personnel.

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 Department of Educational Studies.

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 Educational Studies Department at Western Illinois University offers the following required ESL endorsement courses:

EIS 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.
 
EIS 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.

EIS 440 G - Sociolinguistics: 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.

EIS 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.

EIS 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.

 EIS 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 Educational Studies Department at Western Illinois University offers the following required BILINGUAL endorsement courses:
EIS 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.

EIS 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.

EIS 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.

EIS 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.

EIS 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.

EIS 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