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ESL faculty at Concordia-Chicago receive national recognition


The ESL (English as a second language) faculty, within the Department of Teaching, Learning & Diversity at Concordia University Chicago, has received national recognition from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The department, led by Dr. Carolyn Theard-Griggs, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, demonstrated that it meets the standards set by CAEP as well as TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), the academic organization responsible for setting standards for the ESL discipline.

“I am proud of all the ESL faculty who worked on the institution report, led by Drs. Yurimi Grigsby, Anastassia McNulty and Michael Wannah,” Theard-Griggs said. “This is a true testament to the dedicated work of our faculty on behalf of our students.”

CAEP is a professional accreditor that reviews departments, schools and colleges that prepare teachers and other educators. Accreditation pushes educator preparation programs to continually self-assess and conduct evidence-based analysis of their programs and their efficacy.

All CUC education programs have received CAEP’s prestigious “Continuing Accreditation of all Education Programs without condition.” The University’s education programs received their first recognition by CAEP/NCATE in 1962, and the colleges in which these programs are housed have received continual accreditation since that time.

Concordia University Chicago offers master’s degrees in education with options for TESOL certification, ESL endorsement and bilingual endorsement. Full program information can be found at