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Graduation Requirements Full Time

All degree candidates must have earned at least a 3.0 grade point average, completed their Action Research project and student portfolio and be approved for graduation by the Program Director. No course grade lower than a C will be accepted towards graduation in the program.

The candidate must have all course work completed and the Action Research project and student portfolio submitted by August 15 in order to be a fall graduate. The candidate must apply at least 6 months prior to his/her planned graduation date to participate in the commencement and hooding exercises according to University policy. Please click here for the application for graduation.

Master of Education in ESL/Bilingual Education

Endorsement Component

  • EDU514 Foundations of Language Minority Education
  • EDU513 Cross Cultural EducationEDU518 Methods and Materials of Teaching Bilingual Education
  • EDU611 Technology Instruction for Teachers of Language Minority Students
  • EDU614 Assessment of English Language Learners (ELLS)
  • EDU616 Linguistic Considerations for Reading and Writing in a New Language
  • EDU617 Methods and Materials of Teaching English as a Second Language

Master's Component

  • EDU501 Introduction to Action Research
  • EDU520 Cognition and Learning
  • EDU530A Action Research IIA EDU530B Action Research IIB
  • EDU620 Learning Environment
  • EDU630 Action Research II
  • EDU635 Reading and Writing for Learning
  • EDU640 Professional Communication Techniques

Master of Education in ESL/Bilingual Education for Chinese Students

Note: Chinese students also need to complete one of the requirements below.

Illinois Certification Component

  • EDU222 Human Growth and Development
  • EDU223 Educational Psychology
  • EDU231E Practicum II, Teacher Aid, Elgin Area
  • EDU312 History/Philosophy of Education
  • EDU320 Language Arts Methods
  • EDU321 Reading Methods-Elementary
  • EDU322 Math Methods-Elementary
  • EDU323A Art Methods-Elementary
  • EDU323M Music Methods-Elementary
  • EDU323P Physical Education Methods-Elem
  • EDU324 Social Studies Methods
  • EDU327 Science Methods-Elementary
  • EDU331E Practicum III, Instr Asst-Elem Education
  • EDU411 Student Teaching
  • EDU421 Diagnostic Reading and Remediation
  • EDU491 Senior Seminar
  • PSY325 Exceptional Child

Required for Chinese Students

Bi-Lingual Endorsement

In addition to the above courses, complete 2 field experiences consisting of 50 hours (each) of observations in classrooms and observations in other areas in and around the school such as the cafeteria, library, computer lab, and extracurricular or informational events sponsored by the surrounding community; or 3 months of teaching experience in the Bi-Lingual classroom. Fluency in another language is required and a state language exam must be taken and passed in that language.

ESL Endorsement

In addition to the above courses, complete 2 field experiences consisting of 50 hours (each) of observations in classrooms and observations in other areas in and around the school such as the cafeteria, library, computer lab, and extracurricular or informational events sponsored by the surrounding community; or 3 months of teaching experience in the ESL classroom.

The purpose of this experience is to help future ESL/bilingual educators to succeed at the following:

  • Working with students from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Identifying and distinguishing components of a multicultural and multilingual educational environment.
  • Awareness of the curriculum and materials available for ESL/bilingual students.
  • Observing and acquiring methods and strategies for teaching students with linguistic needs.
  • Actively participating and/or assisting in the teaching of language minority students


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