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Who is eligible for this program?
Currently, the Summer 2017 program is only for Southern Illinois teachers holding an Illinois Professional Educators License. However, we are working to extend the program to teachers from other areas.

The ESL/Bilingual Endorsement is for any teacher holding an Illinois Professional Educators License (Pre-K-12). The Dual Credit Certification is for teachers holding an Illinois Professional Educators License at the secondary level.


Do need a Master’s Degree? Is this leading to a Master’s Degree?
This program does not lead to a Master’s degree, though the courses you may be able to count these toward a Master’s. It is best to speak with the department through which you intend to seek the Master’s.

A Master’s is not required to participate in this program. However, teachers seeking the Dual Credit Certification must have a Master’s degree (does not have to be in the discipline) plus 18 graduate hours in the discipline in which they are seeking certification when they apply for the certification through ISBE. It is best to speak with the institution through which you intend to teach the dual credit courses.


I am not a teacher. Can I still participate in this program?
Unfortunately, no.

Only Southern Illinois teachers holding an Illinois Professional Educators License may participate in this program.


When do classes start?
Intersession classes for the ESL/Bilingual Endorsement begin 5/29!

Regular Summer Session begins June 12th.


How long will this take?
The ESL Endorsement, Bilingual Endorsement, and the Dual Credit Certifications require 18 credit hours. If a student takes the courses offered this summer and continues throughout next school year, all coursework could be completed by summer 2018.


What do I need to do to get started?
You will need to complete a Preparing Teachers for ESL/Bilingual and Dual–Credit application located here AND apply to the Graduate School as a Non-Declared Graduate Student for Summer 2017.

*The $65.00 application fee for graduate school is initially paid by the Student, however it will be refunded on your bursar bill.

You will apply to the graduate School as a Non-Declared Graduate Student.


How do I apply?
First, apply to the Graduate school as a Non-Declared Graduate Student and pay the $65 application fee.

THEN--Complete a program application by visiting http://ehs.siu.edu/academics/ell-dual/

  • Download application form
  • Complete the application
  • Send the completed application as an attachment to go4ELL.Dual@siu.edu.
  • with Subject line: APPLICATION

How much does this cost?
Eligible summer 2017 courses are offered Tuition/fee free and the costs of textbooks are also covered.

The $65.00 application fee for graduate school is paid by the student, however it will be refunded on your bursar bill. You pay for books and supplies. In addition, tuition and the cost for texts will be credited to the student’s bursar account.


Where can I find the program application?
You can find the Application Checklist and Program application here.


Which classes are offered this Summer? *(You can access the full course catalog here.)
*AGRI 402
*CI 402: Study of Cultural Diversity in Education and Family Services
*CI 545: Literacy Instruction for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
*GEOL 585: Earth & Space Science
*HIST 493: Topics of History: Socialism-Dream and Nightmare (onsite)
*LING 570: Methods and Materials of TESOL
*MATH 447: Intro to Graph Theory (onsite)
*MATH 452: Intro to Analysis
*MATH 483: Engineering Statistics (onsite)
*PSYC 402: Psychology and Medicine
*PSYC 431: Psychopathology
*PSYC 440: Advanced Personality
*Course listing http://registrar.siu.edu/schedclass/


Are classes free in Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and in the future?
Unfortunately, no.

Tuition and fees for Summer 2017 are paid for by the SIU’s ESL/Bilingual Endorsement and Dual Credit Certification Program, a grant paid for by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and available ONLY for Summer 2017.


What can I earn dual credit certification in?
Eligible teachers can earn Dual Credit Certification in:

  • MATH
  • GEOLOGY
  • PSYCHOLOGY
  • HISTORY
  • AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE

Where can I get more information?
You can find more information here http://ehs.siu.edu/academics/ell-dual/


Where are classes located?
Classes are offered on the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale campus and online.


Where can I find the complete class list for the ESL/BILINGUAL ENDORSEMENT OR DUAL CREDIT CERTIFICATION?
You can find the complete class list for ESL/Bilingual Endorsement, here  and/or Dual Credit Certification, here.

»Bilingual Endorsement
100 clock hours (or 3 months of teaching experience) in a bilingual setting. pass the appropriate Target Language Proficiency test, and the following courses:

  • *CI 402-Study of Cultural Diversity in Education and Family Services
  • LING 470: Foundations of Bilingual Ed
  • LING 471: Bilingual Education Methods and Materials
  • LING 472: Assessment of Language Minority Students
  • *LING 570: Methods and Materials of TESOL
  • LING 588: Intercultural Communication OR
  • *CI 545: Literacy Instruction for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

»ESL Endorsement
100 clock hours (or 3 months teaching experience) in an ESL setting and the following courses:

  • *CI 402: Study of Cultural Diversity in Education and Family Services
  • *CI 545: Literacy Instruction for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
  • LING 470: Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL/Bilingual Students
  • LING 472: Assessment of Language Minority Students
  • LING 505: Professional Study of Linguistics

»Dual Credit Certification

AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE

  • *AGRI 402, AGRI 403, AGRI 404
  • And additional graduate courses as determined by program area

»GEOLOGY

  • GEOL 401: Physical Nature of Earth for Teachers
  • GEOL 402: The History of the Earth for Teachers (online)
  • GEOL 403: Earth Materials for Teachers
  • GEOL 425: Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleoecology
  • *GEOL 585: Earth & Space Science

»HISTORY (choose 18 hrs from:)

  • HIST 412A: Empire and Social Conflict in the Roman Republic
  • HIST 473: Comparative Slavery
  • HIST 486: Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • *HIST 493: Topics of History: Socialism-Dream and Nightmare (onsite)

»PSYCHOLOGY

  • *PSYC 402: Psychology and Medicine
  • PSYC 407: Theoretical Issues in Learning
  • *PSYC 431: Psychopathology
  • *PSYC 440: Advanced Personality
  • PSYC 461: Advanced Social Psychology
  • PSYC 554: Developmental

»MATH

  • MATH 417: Applied Matrix Theory
  • MATH 419: Abstract Algebra (Sp 2018)
  • *MATH 447: Intro to Graph Theory (onsite)
  • MATH 474: Statistical Time Series
  • MATH 449: Intro to Combinatorics
  • **MATH 452: Intro to Analysis
  • *MATH 483: Engineering Statistics (onsite)

I have additional questions. Who can I contact?
For other questions or assistance regarding this program contact:

Crystal Caffey, PhD
625 Wham Dr. MC 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901
Tel.: (618) 536-2441
Email: go4ELL.Dual@siu.edu
Website: http://ehs.siu.edu/academics/ell-dual/

Funded by ISBE

Tuition and fees paid for by the SIU’s ESL/Bilingual Endorsement and Dual Credit Certification Program, a grant paid for by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).