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English Language Learner

Why pursue a minor in English language learning at North Central College?

English language learners encompass any student who didn’t learn English as their first and primary language. According to the National Education Association, they’re the fastest growing student population with roughly one fourth of all students in public school being ELLs by 2025. A minor in ELL accompanied by an education degree allows candidates to teach in an ELL/ESL program in grades K-12.At North Central College, you will learn the methods, approaches and materials used in the teaching of English as a second language. In this experience-oriented program, you’ll learn how to best teach culturally and linguistically diverse learners.


  • Preparing students to speak English proficiently in school and social activities
  • Customizing programming to improve learning outcomes for students who have a first language other than English
  • Filling a critical niche in a high-demand teaching profession

then a minor in ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING might be for you.

Why study English language learning at North Central College?

In the Classroom

Coursework topics:

  • Assessment of English Language Learners and Bilingual Students
  • Cross Cultural Studies for Teaching English Language Learners
  • Foundations of Language Study
  • Methods and Materials to Teach English Language Learners
  • Theoretical and Methodological Foundations for Teaching ELLs

Beyond the Classroom

As an English Language Learner minor, you can:

  • Apply for internships and jobs through robust faculty and alumni networks or the Center for Career and Professional Development.
  • Acquire excellent teacher preparation at exceptional high schools.
  • Receive extensive guidance to prepare for the rigorous Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).
  • Join Ed Rising, a student-run organization of education students that discuss and analyze major education ideas, trends and issues.

More Department information

English Language Learner Minor

Teacher candidates earning an initial teaching license at North Central College may elect to add a minor in English Language Learning leading to an endorsement by taking an additional six courses. Adding the English as a Second Language endorsement allows candidates to teach in ESL programs in grades Kindergarten through 12. Electing to add the ELL minor may require a student to take more than 128 credit hours at NCC.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Education.

Minor Requirements

English Language Learner Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.


Recent graduates in English language learning include:

  • English as a second language certified teacher
  • Bilingual education certified teacher
  • Elementary education teacher

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