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This resource section includes information and links to Schools that offer a TESOL or Bilingual Education degree, certification or endorsement in the State of Illinois. More resources are available on Illinois TESOL-BE 's Teaching, Online Journals, and Organizations resource webpages.


Chicago State University
Dr. Miguel Fernandez
215 Education Bldg
Chicago IL, 60628
Phone: 773-995-3749
Studies offered: BS in Education - Bilingual Elementary Education; MS in Education - Bilingual Education

Aurora University
Dr. Shajaira Lopez
347 S. Gladstone Ave.
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: 630-844-4649
Studies offered: BA in Elementary Education; BA in Early Childhood Special Education with Bilingual/ESL; MA in Curriculum and Instruction with Bilingual/ESL; English as a Second Language Endorsement; Bilingual Education Endorsement.

DePaul University Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse (WRD)
Dr. Jason Schneider
2320 North Kenmore Ave
Chicago IL 60614

Phone: 773-325-7740
TESOL Certificate Coordinator: Dr. Jason Schneider
Studies Offered: Graduate Certificate in TESOL


DePaul University Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse (WRD)
802 W. Belden Avenue
255 McGaw Hall
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 773-325-4180
TESOL Certificate Coordinator: Dr. Christine Tardy
Studies Offered: Graduate Certificate in TESOL

Governors State University
Department of Education
Carla Johnson, Senior Academic Advisor 
Phone: 708-235-3989
1 University Parkway,
University Park, IL 60484
Studies Offered: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Bilingual/English as a Second Language Education

Illinois State University
Department of English
Campus Box 4240
Normal, IL 61790
Phone: 309-438-3667
Studies Offered: Undergraduate Minor in TESOL; Undergraduate or Graduate Certificate in TESOL

Lincoln Christian College and Seminary
TESOL Program Director
Lincoln Christian College and Seminary
100 Campus View Drive
Lincoln, IL 62656
Office: 217-732-3168 ext. 2292
Fax: 217-732-1729
Studies offered: ESL Teacher Education Endorsement; ESL Academic Certificate

Northern Illinois University
Department of English
DeKalb, IL 60115-2683 U.S.A.
Phone: 1-815-753-6602
Fax: 1-815-753-0606
Contact Person: D. Macdonald (
Studies offered: MA focus in TESOL

Northeastern Illinois University
Teacher Education Department
Dr. Joaquin Villegas
Office CLS-3024
Chicago, IL 60607-7106
Phone: 773-442-6000 ext. 5381
Studies offered: MA in Teaching: Bilingual/Bicultural Education Program

Northeastern Illinois University
Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language
Office LWH 3062
Chicago, IL 60625
Phone: 773-442-5872
Studies offered: MA in TESL/TEFL: Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language

North Park College
3225 W. Foster Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60625
Dr.Angie Balodimas-Bartolomei,
ESL Endorsement Coordinator
Studies Offered: Teacher Education, K-12 & Secondary Advisor

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department of English Language and Literature
Peck Hall 3206
Box 1431
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1774 U.S.A.
Phone: 1-618-650-2060
Studies offered: MA TESL; Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in TESL; ESL endorsement

University of Illinois at Chicago
Dept. of Linguistics 
1715 University Hall
Chicago, IL, 60607-7120
Tel: (+1) (312) 996-3241
Director: Richard Cameron (
Studies offered: MA TESOL/Applied Linguistics

Michael Herkes
College of Education - M/C 147
Office of Student Services
University of Illinois at Chicago
1040 W. Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607-7133
Studies offered: Bilingual Endorsement/Approval; English as a New Language Endorsement/Approval

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Randall Sadler

Department of Linguistics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
4080 Foreign Languages Building, MC-168
707 S. Mathews
Urbana, IL 61801 USA
Phone: 217 244-2734
Studies offered: Minor (and Certificate) in TESL, Endorsement in TESL (on campus and online), Graduate Certificate in TESL (on campus and online), MATESL

Western Illinois University
Dr. P. Lance Ternasky
Horrabin Hall 80
Office: Horrabin Hall 80
Telephone: 309/298-1183
Fax: 309/298-2222
Studies offered: BS in Education - Bilingual/Bicultural Education

Wheaton College
Graduate School
Graduate Program in Ministries
Graduate Admissions Office, 501 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187-5593 U.S.A.
Phone: 1-800-888-0141 or 1-630-752-5195
Fax: 1-630-752-5935
Studies offered: MA in Intercultural Studies and TESOL; Certificate in TESL;
Intensive Training in TESL

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