Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement

Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement

The online ESL program provides courses to prepare you to teach English to individuals who do not have English as their primary language. As part of the ESL endorsement, you will complete 100 hours of face-to-face field experience needed to meet Illinois State Board of Education requirements for ESL approval/endorsement. The ISBE approved ESL endorsement is a complete endorsement, providing 18 credit hours completed toward your certification.  

Teachers who complete endorsement coursework can apply their courses and credit toward an accredited graduate degree in ESL at Greenville University. 

Greenville University’s School of Education is accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). 

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Career Advancement
A ESL endorsement enhances your marketability and advances your career to assist a population with a growing need. Convenient summer classes move you toward an in-demand endorsement when it’s easiest for you.
An Investment in You
GU’s endorsement courses are an investment in your future. Classes you need to get where you are going at a price you can afford, and you can apply courses and credit toward a Greenville University graduate degree in ESL.
Student-Centric Teaching
Empathetic, personal faculty members guide your path toward advancement, enabling you to successful teach those for whom English is not their primary language.

Why GU


Respected reputation. GU’s accredited undergrad and graduate programs have earned a reputation for excellence, producing teachers of excellence. 


The perspective of faith. GU integrates faith-centered values and ethics to aid teachers in helping students holistically.


Courses needed to complete the endorsement:
EDUC 574
ENGL 514
ENGL 515
ENGL 517
ENGL 518
ENGL 519
ENGL 520 (100 hours) – Not currently offered Summer 20-21
3 of the 7 courses are being offered for summer '21 special start: ENGL514, ENGL517, and ENGL518.

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Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement Course Requirements

  • ENGL 514: Theoretical Foundations for TESL
  • ENGL 517: Methods & Materials for TESL
  • ENGL 518: Cross-Cultural Studies for TESL

Visit the Online Catalog for an explanation of graduation requirements.