ESL/Bilingual Endorsement - Current Students

Here is the go-to source for current students about "how to get it done" in the ESL/Bilingual endorsement or approval program at Dominican University.  If you are a newly-accepted and/or newly-registered student, please be sure to also check out the Accepted Students page. If you can't find the information you're looking for here, please contact Graduate Marketing and Recruiting Coordinator, Ben Mueller (bmueller@dom.edu) or your academic advisor, Dr. Debra Vinci-Minogue (dminogue@dom.edu) and we'll help point you in the right direction.  In general the most current sources of information and forms are online. Here is an inventory of resources and information that you may find helpful.

Examples of the kinds of things found on the MyDU intranet:

Students are advised that the academic advisor is the best place to start with questions about course selection.  Many administrative functions are controlled by the university rather than within the School of Education, although the SOE office can help navigate the central offices if there is a question.

Frequently Asked Questions (How Can I.....)

Apply for financial aid?

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, as opposed to scholarships which are gifts and do not need to be paid back. ALL financial aid questions should be directed to the Financial Aid Office, 708-524-6807.

Pay my bill?

E-bills are published once a month; students should log in to MyDU to view the most recent and/or make payments.  When e-bills are published a notification goes to students’ @my.dom.edu email address. Tuition is generally due at the start of each semester; payment plans are available. Contact Terri Shimkus, Bursar, 708-524-6487 for more information.

To view your published e-bill login to MyDU, go the "students" tab, select "My Student Accounts" and then click on the "Go to CASHNet" link.  A bill will not be mailed to you - you will receive an email notification sent to your Dominican e-mail address that your e-bill is ready to be viewed.

Add a course?

The current add/drop period is noted on the academic calendar maintained by the Office of the Registrar.  Adding a course may be done online or in person at that office.

How do I drop my course?

You can drop your course by logging into MyDU.  Once you login, you can drop your courses by clicking “Add/Drop Courses” in your viewer.  After the add/drop deadline, drops will need to be processed using a paper drop form obtained from the Registrar's office and signed off on by your advisor, Debra Vinci-Minogue (dminogue@dom.edu, 708-524-6595).

Withdraw from a course?

After the add/drop period ends, a student may withdraw (Grade W) from a course any time up to designated withdraw date noted on the academic calendar maintained by the Office of the Registrar.  A request to withdraw from a course or courses must be submitted in writing to the Office of the Registrar either in person, via fax at 708-524-6943 or through the mail.  After the withdraw date, a student wishing to withdraw must request permission for an administrative withdrawal from the School of Education Dean in writing or via email.  Administrative withdrawals are only granted in cases of extreme hardship or illness.

Register online?

Current students should be able to register electronically by logging on to MyDU; new students registering for the first time need to submit a paper copy registration form to Debra Vinci-Minogue via email or fax (dminogue@dom.edu or 708-524-6665). The registration schedule is available on MyDU—Resources—Registrar’s Office—Registration—Advance Registration Dates.

View the deadline dates for registration here.

Can I register for two courses in one 7.5 week session?

Given the accelerated and rigorous nature of our courses, we strongly recommend that candidates only register for one course per 7.5 week session.

Get a refund from a class I’ve dropped or withdrawn from?

Unless a course is dropped during the first week there will be some tuition charge. The refund schedule is available on MyDU—Student Accounts—Refund Schedule.

See the current course schedule? Upcoming semesters’ schedules? - Please note course schedules are subject to change based on enrollment

Visit MyDU—Course Search, then select the appropriate semester, then select "School of Educ - EDU” in the Department pull-down. Upcoming semesters’ schedules are only posted a few weeks before registration opens.

Clear a registration hold, including a conditional admission hold?

If the hold is a financial one, the student needs to clear it with Student Accounts, not the School of Education.

Take a semester (or more) off?

Students may choose not to register for up to three consecutive semesters without being considered “stopped out;” that is, they do not need to inform SOE and will be able to register again when ready. After three consecutive semesters of not registering (or registering and then dropping a course, in which case there is no record of the registration), students are considered to have “stopped out” and will need the SOE Dean’s permission to register. There is no form to use; the Dean will simply email the registrar and authorize the lifting of the registration hold. Students have a maximum of six years to complete the ESL/Bilingual endorsement.

Apply/transfer previous coursework toward my ESL or Bilingual endorsement?

The School of Education will accept one previously completed course from an accredited University/College and still entitle a candidate that completes the remainder of their coursework through Dominican University for the English as a Second Language or Bilingual endorsement. 

Candidates hoping to apply a previous course toward their endorsement must provide the Program Coordinator, Debra Vinci-Minogue (dminogue@dom.edu) with an electronic copy of the transcript and the applicable course description for the course completed.

What if I have completed more than one course from a previous institution?

Candidates that have completed more than one course at a former University/College can still apply to Dominican University’s English as a Second Language or Bilingual endorsement and take courses at the discounted cost per credit hour ($200) IF they are completing 3 or more courses.  Upon completion of their coursework at Dominican, these candidates must apply directly to the Illinois State Board of Education for their endorsement through their Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS) account.

What if I only need to complete 1-2 courses to complete my ESL or Bilingual endorsement or approval?

If a candidate only needs to complete 1-2 courses to complete his or her endorsement or approval, he or she will be required to apply to the School of Education as a student at-large.  Candidates taking courses as a student at-large will be charged a different cost per credit hour ($550).

Do I need access to English Language Learners to complete the ESL or Bilingual endorsement or approval?

Yes.  The Illinois State Board of Education requires that candidates complete 100 clock hours of experience working with English Language Learners.  These clock hours are embedded in the following courses at Dominican:

• EDU 651 – Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language
• EDU 653 – Methods and Materials for Teaching in Bilingual Education Programs
• EDU 654 – Assessment of English Language Learners
• EDU 661 – Literacy Development for English Language Learners

While the approval does not require field experience hours at the state level, because the hours are embedded in the courses through assignments, candidates seeking the ESL or Bilingual approval will need access to English Language Learners to complete the applicable courses listed above.

Can the ESL or Bilingual endorsement or approval be added to an Educator License with Stipulations (ELS)?

No.  An ESL or Bilingual endorsement or approval can only be added to a Professional Educator License (PEL).  Candidates with an Educator License with Stipulations can begin their ESL or Bilingual endorsement coursework, but the endorsement or approval will not be recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education until the candidate has a valid Professional Educator License.

What is the difference between an approval and an endorsement?
 
The difference between the approval (9 semester hours – 3 courses) and the endorsement (18 semester hours – 6 courses) is that the approval is only available to candidates who currently hold a valid Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS) I endorsement on their Professional Educator License.  The approval allows these individuals the credential needed to work with English Language Learners who hold an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  The full endorsement is applicable to the full age range that a candidate is endorsed to teach. 

Candidates who hold a Learning Behavior Specialist I endorsement can begin the ESL or Bilingual approval program and later continue to complete the additional 3 courses to receive the full endorsement.

What do I do when I have finished my coursework?

Endorsements can only be added to a valid Illinois Professional Educator License.  Upon completion of coursework, apply for this endorsement through the Licensure Office at Dominican University (brburns@dom.edu).  Once entitled you must apply for the endorsement through your ELIS account.  

Candidates for the approval must hold an Illinois Professional Educator License with a Learning Behavior Specialist I endorsement.  Upon completion of coursework, apply for this approval by submitting an application online in your ELIS account.