Elgin Community College Cohort 2+2
B.S.Ed. Elementary Education with Bilingual/ESL Endorsement
Our B.S.Ed. Elementary Education with Bilingual/ESL endorsement program between NIU and ECC is designed to prepare educators to work with students in grades 1-6. The emphasis in Bilingual/ESL reflects the requirements of the Illinois State Board of Education and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) standards. Successful completion of this emphasis as part of the elementary education major leads to the recommendation for the additional Bilingual/ESL endorsement on a teaching license. You'll have four clinical experiences prior to student teaching, each focusing on a specific element of education, including literacy and teaching learners from diverse backgrounds.
- Delivery of courses at ECC campus
- Most courses are offered during the day, with a few evening options
- Each professional semester includes an intensive clinical placement where teacher education candidates practice what they are learning and receive feedback for continuous improvement
- Clinical placements take place in schools offering opportunities to interact with diverse groups of students
- Co-teaching model during final professional year
- Complete AA/AS/ALS degree at ECC in accordance with the approved Transfer Guide designed for the ECC 2+2 Program
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 Successful completion of TAP (Test of Academic Proficiency) or acceptable equivalent by May 15th
- New cohorts only begin in a fall semester
Cohort Model Advantages
The professional phase of our undergraduate Elementary Education program is offered as a cohort model. Teacher education candidates begin the program as a cohort each Fall semester. The cohort model is valuable for teacher education candidates because they will share the same courses, get to know each other and their faculty members well, and will be able to support each other as they pursue a rigorous, full-time program spanning a two year period. Teacher education candidates typically enroll in 15-17 credit hours per semester (excluding summers).