Millikin’s teacher preparation program is distinctive because of the endorsements you can bundle together with your primary degree.  This is a valuable way to deepen your understanding of specialized topics, while also setting yourself apart from other job candidates.

Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language Endorsements

Both the bilingual education endorsement and the English as a second language (ESL) endorsement will help you develop a deep understanding of bilingualism in multicultural environments and explore linguistic and cultural needs of second-language learners.  You will develop culturally responsive instruction in diverse educational training settings as you also embark on opportunities to collaborate with local ESL educators and interact with bilingual students.  Courses for the endorsements include:

  • ED209 Foundations of Bilingual Education (3 credits)
  • ED238 Language Development and Linguistics (3 credits)
  • ED304 Methods & Materials in the Education of English Language Learners (3 credits)
  • ED325 Assessment of English Language Learners (3 credits)
  • ED401 Integrating Culture in the Classroom (3 credits)
  • Elective with focus on culture (3 credit ICS or IN350 course) (ESL Endorsement only)
  • ED409 Bilingual Methods and Materials (3 credits) (Bilingual Endorsement only)

One hundred clock hours are required for both the bilingual education and ESL endorsements.  Candidates for the bilingual education endorsement must also pass the appropriate Illinois Language Proficiency Test in the non-English language to be taught.  

Special Education Endorsement

The special education endorsement is designed for education majors in a licensure program who would like to effectively teach students with special needs through specialized learning strategies.  This program will assist you in developing best practices for teaching students with special needs so that you can make a positive impact on the students’ learning experiences.  Courses required for the endorsement include:

  • ED115 Instructional Strategies for Individuals with Learning Disabilities in K-12 Classrooms (3 credits)
  • ED215 Learning Differences of Individuals with Mild to Moderate Educational Learning (3 credits)
  • ED220 An Introduction to Educating Individual with Diverse Abilities in K-12 Classrooms (3 credits)
  • ED301 Access to General Curriculum and IEPs (3 credits)
  • ED408 Diagnosis and Assessment of Learners with Exceptional Learning Needs (3 credits)
  • ED479 Supervised Clinical Experience in Special Education (3 credits)

You must also complete 100 clock hours (which are embedded in the coursework), as well as the Learning Behavior Specialist I (#155) content area test, to receive the endorsement.