Preparing bilingualparaprofessionals for certification as elementary/bilingual teachers.
The Transitioning Paraprofessionals into Teachers of English Learners (TPTEL) program is a federally funded program designed to provide a course of study for bilingual paraprofessionals to earn an elementary education teaching certificate with bilingual and ESL approvals. The TPTEL program is offered through the School of Teaching and Learning at Illinois State University. The purpose of the program:
To prepare bilingual paraprofessionals for certification as elementary/bilingual and ESL teachers
To help participating bilingual paraprofessionals understand the psychological and sociological settings pertinent to bilingual/bicultural children
To develop theoretical competencies in participating bilingual paraprofessionals through specialized elementary and bilingual educational studies
To address the shortage of certified bilingual educators as program participants will commit to work in a high-needs school for three years.
The curriculum is based on the state of Illinois’ required courses for the Type 03 elementary education certification with the required courses for bilingual and ESL approvals. The courses will be offered at the University Center in Waukegan, IL. The structure of the program includes a curriculum that leads to a baccalaureate degree from Illinois State University.
The faculty consists of educators who possess experiences in various aspects of elementary teacher education and bilingual/bicultural educators with experiences in bilingual/ESL education. Other faculty members with appropriate academic preparation provide support through the delivery of courses and workshops.