Karen A. Dowling, Ph.D., Director
Kristy Ingram, Ph.D., Coordinator
Completion of the 18 hours of courses, and including 100 practicum hours in a bilingual or multilingual setting, leads to the State of Illinois Bilingual endorsement, as long as a grade of ‘C’ or better is earned in each course. Since the Bilingual endorsement requires fluency in a language other than English, the candidate is required to pass the Target Language Proficiency (TLP) test in addition to the required coursework. The Bilingual Education endorsement can be added to an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) for the grade level(s) authorized by the license. All middle school endorsements require six semester hours of middle school professional education coursework in addition to the ESL/Bilingual coursework. EDUC 767 and EDUC 768 or their equivalents must be completed for a middle school endorsement. Individuals who complete the Bilingual education endorsement through Olivet may also qualify for an English as a Second Language endorsement by taking one additional course, ESL 601 - Linguistics for Teachers . The 100 hours of practicum in a bilingual or multilingual setting satisfies the State of Illinois’ practicum requirement for both endorsements.