I did look into the Gateways of PD and I do not qualify for any of
their scholarships, as I do have my masters and my joint income with
my husband is way higher than any of those qualifications. I will
look into the IRC program--I have takes several workshops thru
them. What I still don't understand is if it is such an need area,
why aren't Elementary teachers being given this same requirement???
I am sure that after age 5 students don't stop requiring teaching
modifications, and TPI pull doesn't cut it for Prek, then why is it
ok for Kinder or first??
On 1/24/12, Robyn wrote:
> Hi Amy, Yes, this is a new requirement because of the influx and
> needs of ESL learners. However, here is some good news:
> Gateways to Professional Development is offering a fantastic
> scholarship for this requirement. I am not sure about the
> current status, but the information is still up on their site.
> Here is the link:
> NLU offers the program at a reduced rate as well, somewhere
> around 665.00 per course, not semester hour. The Illinois
> Resource Center also offers courses at the reduced rate.
> Here is the IRC's website: http://www.thecenterweb.org.
> I hope this helps!
> Good Luck!!!!
> On 1/24/12, Amy wrote:
>> Your post was just what I was looking for on here. I have my
>> type 04 with special ed approval for EC. I have now been told
>> that the state of Illinois is requiring me to have my ESL
>> endorsement if I would like to continue teaching prek in my
>> I have looked into several programs (u of I, national louis,
>> etc), but I cannot afford the $15000 for the 18 hrs I am
>> required. I have heard that other districts are setting up
>> programs to help teachers achieve this approval, however our
>> EC person is lazy and does not wish to take the time to do
>> this for us. Do you konw anything about this new requirement,
>> and why after 15 years of teaching am I required my ESL
>> endorsement, but the Kindergarten teacher across the hall
>> needs nothing to teach her class!!! It is very frustrating.
>> Especially seeing how the state isn't even paying for the prek
>> or bilingual grants---and now I have to pay $15000 to keep my
>> job?? Not fair!
>> Any insight or information would be helpful!
>> On 8/21/11, Robyn Shulman wrote:
>>> Hi everyone,
>>> If you have questions about the ESL/Bilingual endorsement,
>>> I will be happy to help you. I was the Lead ESL/Bilingual
>>> Academic Advisor at NLU for the past 5 1/2 years. I now
>>> provide online professional development for CPDU credits.
>>> Feel free to ask me any questions, for free :)
>>> Best, Robyn
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