The Multilingual / Language Development Department offers information for teachers who are teaching or interested in learning more about teaching English Learners. Included on this page are the requirements to add the ESL and/or Bilingual endorsements to a Professional Educator License. Information on licenses with Stipulations such as the ELS-TBE and Visiting International Teacher (VIT) can be found on this page.
ISBE offers Professional Development to any educator who supports English Learners. Many offerings are at no cost to the district or educator. Literacy Squared is offered as an annual cohort for K-5 teachers of dual language classes that includes strategies to reinforce biliteracy. WIDA workshops are flexible and available virtually or in person and cover a variety of topics. Please see below for more information on these topics.