All Courses: REAL

Registration for courses with prefix EEND, REAL, and REND will close one (1) week prior to the scheduled course start date. Course sections (including those offered 100% online) may close sooner if they reach capacity. Wait list information will be posted if available.

Individuals with no previous registration, coursework, or program enrollment at the University of St. Francis must register a minimum of five (5) business days prior to the scheduled course start date. This policy is driven by processing time for creation of a student account and access to various university resources required for a successful course start. For this reason, we strongly encourage new candidates to register a minimum of three (3) weeks prior to the scheduled course start date.

  • It is recommended that candidates starting Bilingual Education courses with USF begin with course EEND 631 followed in sequence by EEND 632 (these courses may be taken simultaneously). 
  • In addition to course work noted, candidates seeking a Bilingual Education Endorsement in Illinois are required to complete 100 clock hours (or three months of teaching experience) in a bilingual setting. A tracking log should be retained, along with a letter verified by an administrator, of all hours or teaching experiences in a bilingual setting. The log and administrator verification will be required when applying to add the endorsement through ELIS and may be requested during an audit of educator records.
  • Appropriate Target Language Proficiency or English Language Proficiency test (as applicable) will be required.

For current information regarding Illinois State Board of Education requirements for licensure and endorsements (including tests when applicable), please visit ISBE.

All courses in this series are offered 100% online.

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Course availability varies by semester.

100% Online Courses – Summer 2020
REAL 612 Educating for Character

Blended Courses – Summer 2020
REAL 694 Ethical Decision Making and Virtue in the Classroom
July 6 – 17, 2020
Course meets July 6 – 10 (M-F) from 9 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at USF Main Campus in Joliet with additional assignments completed online during the week of July 13.

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CLICK HERE to learn more about becoming a State School of Character!

The University of St. Francis does not currently offer a full program for the Director of Special Education endorsement. The courses noted below are those frequently required to satisfy deficiencies for educators pursuing the endorsement via ISBE credential evaluation: Director of Special Education Option 2 

Option 2 for the Illinois Director of Special Education endorsement currently requires 1) a master’s degree, 2) endorsement in an administrative field, 3) two years of full-time experience providing special education services, 4) and specific coursework in both special education and administration of special education as outlined by ISBE.

Educators who already have the LBS I endorsement on their Illinois Professional Educator License may have already satisfied the requirement for EEND 644.

All courses in this series are offered 100% online.

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REAL has partnered with the Illinois High School College Driver Education Association (IHSCDEA) to provide Driver Education courses for educators interested in pursuing a Safety and Driver Education endorsement.

See ISBE Requirements for Safety and Driver Education Endorsements

Driver Education Courses offered at USF
Each title listed is three (3) semester hours and tuition is $1,000 per course.

The following courses may be used toward the required distribution for 12 of 24 hours for endorsement:

The following elective course may be used toward additional required hours:

Cohorts are now forming for Fall 2020!  CLICK HERE to contact IHSCDEA and express your interest in joining an upcoming cohort.

Courses will close as noted or sooner if the course is at capacity. If a waiting list is available it will replace the registration link for the course.

REAL 646: edTPA-Support for the Licensed Professional (0 credit/enrichment workshop)

Course is offered 100% online.

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ISBE has made significant changes to subsequent endorsement requirements effective December 5, 2019. Please consult your local Regional Office of Education or the ISBE website for more information.

Courses offered in Educational Technology were developed using ISBE’s standards for the Technology Specialist endorsement and are on file at the Illinois State Board of Education.

Candidates may not need to take all courses offered and are encouraged to visit their local ROE or the ISBE website for current information on adding the Technology Specialist endorsement to a valid PEL.

All courses in this series are offered 100% online. Availability varies by semester.

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Candidates starting ESL courses with USF are to begin with course EEND 631 followed in sequence by course EEND 632 (these courses may be taken simultaneously). Taking the two course out of sequence must meet with instructor approval.

In addition to course work noted, candidates seeking an ESL Endorsement in Illinois are required to complete 100 clock hours (or three months of teaching experience) in a bilingual or ESL setting. A tracking log should be retained, along with a letter verified by an administrator, of all hours or teaching experiences in a bilingual setting. The log and administrator verification will be required when applying to add the endorsement through ELIS and may be requested during an audit of educator records.

For current information regarding Illinois State Board of Education requirements for licensure and endorsements (including tests when applicable), please visit ISBE.

All courses in this series are offered 100% online.

VIEW COURSE OPTIONS AND REGISTER HERE

Candidates interested in adding both ESL and Bilingual Education endorsements will also need to take EEND 637, complete their 100 hours (or three months teaching) in a bilingual setting, and pass the appropriate Target Language Proficiency test as required by ISBE.

All courses in this series are offered 100% online. Availability varies by semester.

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ISBE has made significant changes to subsequent endorsement requirements effective December 5, 2019. Please consult your local Regional Office of Education or the ISBE website for more information.

Courses offered in Health Education were developed using ISBE’s standards for the Health Education endorsement and are on file at the Illinois State Board of Education.

Candidates may not need to take all courses offered and are encouraged to visit their local ROE or the ISBE website for current information on adding the Health Education endorsement to a valid PEL.

All courses in this series are offered 100% online. Availability varies by semester.

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EEND 645 Instructional Coaching and Professional Development (3)

All courses in this series are offered 100% online. Availability varies by semester.

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Coming Soon:

  • The Instructional Coaching Cycle (3)
  • Data Informed Instructional Coaching (3)
  • Instructional Coaching Practicum (3) 

Middle Grades/Adolescent Methods Courses

  • EEND 691 Methods of Teaching Adolescents Science
  • EEND 693 Methods of Teaching Adolescents Social Science
  • EEND 694 Methods of Teaching Adolescents Mathematics
  • EEND 695 Methods of Teaching Adolescents English/Language Arts

Educators enrolled in middle grades methods courses at USF are required to demonstrate a strong understanding of the content and skills required for the applicable content area endorsement. It is highly recommended that the appropriate content area coursework is completed prior to enrolling in the methods courses. EEND 691, 693, 694, and 695 are designed with the assumption that enrolled students have sufficient content knowledge, as the courses focus on instruction in pedagogy.

View the latest ISBE Subsequent Endorsement information here. 

View ISBE’s Acceptable Areas of Coursework for Endorsements

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Please check back for upcoming opportunities.

The College of Education is pleased to offer graduate-level courses for candidates who have earned National Board Certification. Courses are available 100% online each semester. A National Board achievement certificate must be submitted (see below) and approved prior to enrolling in the following courses.

Special tuition rate: $225 per credit hour for REAL 600, 601, 602, 603, and 695

The following course is open to educators who have completed the National Board renewal process within the past two calendar years. A National Board renewal certificate must be submitted and approved prior to enrolling in the following course.

  • REAL 695 Accomplished Teaching (3)

Please complete the National Board inquiry form below to express your interest and validate your National Board status. Once the form and supporting documents are received, an email notification will be sent to the address provided with access to course registration.

This email will be used to confirm receipt of your submission as well as subsequent communication regarding the registration process.
This will not commit you to enrollment in any of the courses. It allows us to send you the registration information for the courses in which you are currently interested once evidence of completion for experiential requirements are confirmed.

In recognition of the value of teacher research experience programs as a successful form of professional development, the University of St. Francis offers NOAA Teacher at Sea participants the opportunity to receive experiential graduate credit upon completing their NOAA at sea experience.

View Sample Course Syllabus Here

REAL 688 NOAA Teacher at Sea (3-4 credit hours)

Courses are offered 100% online.

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ISBE has made significant changes to subsequent endorsement requirements effective December 5, 2019. Please consult your local Regional Office of Education or the ISBE website for more information.

All Reading Teacher courses are on file at the Illinois State Board of Education.

Candidates may not need to take all courses offered and are encouraged to visit their local ROE or the ISBE website for current information on adding the Reading Teacher endorsement to a valid PEL.

All courses in this series are offered 100% online. Availability varies by semester.

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Did you know?
Additional one credit hour courses are offered for Dyslexia and Reading Disabilities. Visit the One Hour Courses section of this page for details.

EEND 605 may be required if not previously completed during undergraduate or other graduate degree programs. Candidates may visit their local ROE or request assistance from the college/university where they believe the course was completed to determine if the course is still needed. USF is not able to determine if courses taken outside of the university meet ISBE requirements.

Courses offered at USF do not meet requirements for the Early Childhood Special Education approval.

Educators are encouraged to visit ISBE to view current requirements for adding the LBS I (limited K-Age 21) endorsement to a valid PEL.

All courses in this series are offered 100% online.

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Did you know?
Additional one credit hour courses are offered for various topics such as Autism, Common Core IEPs, Dyslexia, and more. Visit the One Hour Courses section of this page for details.

USF Education Workshops

Experiential Workshops with USF’s Partners in Education
Fermilab, AMTA Midwest Modeling Workshops, and more!

  • Dates vary  by workshop
  • Optional graduate credit available