Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I obtain a Subsequent Endorsement from the University of St. Francis?
A: Schedule a meeting with Dr. Jurate Harris, College of Education Graduate Advisor. She can be reached at (815)740-3604 or by email

Q: In what area(s) can I earn a Subsequent Endorsement?
A: a. ELEMENTARY EDUCATION b. SPECIAL EDUCATION c. SECONDARY EDUCATION (Science: Biology; Mathematics; Social Science: History; English: Language Arts) d. VISUAL ARTS

Q: What are the steps to starting at USF?
A: Contact Jurate Harris, the College of Education Graduate Advisor, to secure application materials.
Complete the application and return it with a copy of your teaching license(s) and your official
transcripts to her office S313 in Tower Hall at 500 Wilcox Joliet, IL 60435. From the transcript a Subsequent Endorsement Academic Plan will be created to reveal Core Education deficiencies.

Q: If I have already taken core education courses, will I have to take them again?
A: You will need to take a minimum of 9 semester hours at the University of St. Francis to receive a Subsequent Endorsement. If the transferred Core Education courses are more than 7 years old, each case will be looked at individually to determine if the candidate’s experiences and previous course work will be accepted.

Q: Will I have to do student teaching again?
A: The state requires that you do a field experience. Dr. Jurate Harris, College of Education Graduate Advisor, in conjunction with the College of Education, will determine the necessary field experience upon review of the candidate’s teaching experiences. These field experiences are often scheduled in the summer to accommodate the candidate’s school schedule.

Q: Are there any other tests that I need to take for the Subsequent Endorsement?
A: If you have never taken it, you will need to have passed the Basic Skills Test/TAP. You will need to pass a content test and the Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) prior to being entitled for the endorsement.

Q: If I have questions about this process, whom do I contact?
A: Contact Dr. Jurate Harris at (815) 740-3604 or Her office is located in Tower Hall
Room S313 at 500 Wilcox, Joliet, IL 60435.