Application for Entitlement

Entitlement is the authority given by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to the University Licensure Officer to validate and enter endorsements into a teacher’s ELIS account. This by-passes ISBE transcript evaluation. The Licensure Officer is assuring ISBE that all requirements for the endorsement have been met. Candidates requesting entitlement through USF’s Licensure Officer should NOT submit an application to ISBE. If an application for the endorsement has previously been submitted to ISBE, the Licensure Officer will not be able to process as the request is considered to be in progress.

Please refer to the requirements for each endorsement PRIOR to submitting the Entitlement Application Request. For current information and complete details regarding ISBE requirements: isbe.net/licensure/requirements

 

Bilingual Education Endorsement
1) 18 semester hours of coursework, 2) 100 clock hours (or three months teaching experience) in a bilingual setting, 3) passing score on the appropriate Target Language Proficiency or English Language Proficiency test. Test dates and sites may be found on the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) website.

Request Application for Bilingual Education

 

English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement
1) 18 semester hours of coursework, 2) 100 clock hours (or three months teaching experience) in an ESL setting

Request Application for ESL

 

Grade-Range Specific LBSI Endorsement
1) 12 semester hours of coursework NOTE: If the survey course requirement was satisfied through another institution, applicant will be required to submit an official transcript and provide a course description, 2) passing score on the LBSI (155) test. Test dates and sites may be found on the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) website.

Request Application for Grade-Range LBSI

 

Director of Special Education
A complete listing of requirements for the Director of Special Education Endorsement may be found at isbe.net/licensure/requirements.

1) A master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, 2) hold a valid PEL endorsed in an administrative field, 3) 30 semester hours of special education coursework in specific topic areas, 4) 2 years’ full-time experience providing special education services as a special education teacher*, 5) passing score on the Director of Special Education (180) test. Test dates and sites may be found on the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) website.

*Candidates with experience through other positions (speech-language pathologist, school social worker, or school psychologist) will need to apply directly to ISBE for transcript evaluation. Entitlement for these individuals will not be facilitated by the USF Licensure Officer.

Request Application for Director of Special Education

 

Adding an elementary education subsequent endorsement to a Special or Secondary through a focused program for Special Endorsement or Secondary Endorsement holder:
Contact Joan Ferguson for transcript evaluation. Requires additional coursework and field experience.

 

Adding a secondary endorsement in Biology, Social Science, Mathematics or English through a focused program for an Elementary or Special Endorsement holder:
Contact Joan Ferguson for transcript evaluation. Requires additional coursework and field experience.

 

Adding a full grade level Pre-K through age 21 through a focused program for an Elementary, Secondary, or Special Endorsement holder: Complete this focused program through the College of Education master’s degree program, Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Special Education. Contact Maggie Stevenson for application or Joan Ferguson for further information

 

Entitlement through USF is not an option for other endorsements: Middle School, Reading Teacher, Technology Specialist, Health Education, etc. Please refer to ISBE’s website at http://www.isbe.net/licensure/default.htm