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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.

POLICY FOR NEW CANDIDATES
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.

Educators taking courses through district, school, or regional education partnerships should visit the Partner Courses and Cohorts page for information and registration. Registering from this page rather than your designated partner page will place you in a standard course section – forfeiting any applicable tuition benefit associated with the partnership.

Individuals taking courses or enrolling in programs to pursue licensure, endorsements, certification, or to secure employment requiring specific teaching credentials should refer to their state board of education prior to enrollment to determine whether the course or program meets the requirements in the state in which they reside.

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Courses in this series are offered 100% online. Click on the course title to view a sample syllabus.

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ABOUT THE BILINGUAL EDUCATION ENDORSEMENT

Educators interested in adding the Bilingual Education endorsement to a valid PEL are encouraged to visit their local ROE or the ISBE website for current requirements.

  • It is recommended that candidates starting Bilingual Education courses at USF begin with course EEND 631 followed in sequence by EEND 632 (these courses may be taken simultaneously).
  • All candidates seeking an ESL or Bilingual Endorsement must provide proof of either three (3) months of full-time teaching OR 100 clinical clock hours of experience in a setting: with Limited English Proficient (LEPs) students for the ESL endorsement and (specifically) TBE Bilingual (program) students for the Bilingual Endorsement.
  • Appropriate Target Language Proficiency or English Language Proficiency test (as applicable) will be required.

Course availability varies by semester.

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Click here to learn more about becoming a State School of Character!

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Courses in this series are offered 100% online. Click on the course title to view a sample syllabus.

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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EDUCATION ENDORSEMENT

Educators interested in adding the Director of Special Education endorsement to a valid PEL are encouraged to visit their local ROE or the ISBE website for current requirements.

  • The University of St. Francis does not currently offer a full program for the Director of Special Education endorsement.
  • The courses noted are those most frequently required to satisfy deficiencies for educators pursuing the endorsement via ISBE credential evaluation: Director of Special Education Option 2
  • Option 2 as currently outlined by ISBE requires 1) a master’s degree, 2) endorsement in an administrative field, 3) two years of full-time experience providing special education services, and 4) 30 hours of coursework in special education/administration of special education.
  • Educators who already have the LBS I endorsement on their Illinois Professional Educator License may have already satisfied the requirement for EEND 644.

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 18 hours for endorsement:

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

Cohorts are now forming for the spring and fall of 2022!  CLICK HERE to contact IHSCDEA and express your interest in joining an upcoming cohort.
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Course is offered 100% online. Click on the course title to view a sample syllabus. 

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

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ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST ENDORSEMENT

Educators interested in adding the Technology Specialist endorsement to a valid PEL are encouraged to visit their local ROE or the ISBE website for current requirements.

  • 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.
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Courses in this series are offered in a variety of formats – please be sure to review the schedule in the course registration link to verify format and meeting dates (as applicable).

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ENGE 511 Rhetorical Theory II: Contemporary Rhetoric provides students with an overview of the major theoretical foundations necessary for the study of contemporary rhetorical theory and thinking.  Much contemporary rhetorical work begins with Nietzsche in the 19th century and runs through a full gamut of schools and thinkers in the twentieth century related to the heavily discussed “linguistic turn.”  This course will focus quite closely on just a few of the major theoretical contributors (Heidegger, Burke, Austin, Foucault, Derrida, Lyotard) while also canvassing a number of different adjacent fields of study (affect theory, apparatus theory, media studies, critical and political theory) and various schools of philosophy (postmodernism, structuralism/poststructuralism, deconstruction).

ENGE 513  Composition Studies II Praxis: This course, which is intended primarily for prospective teachers, will help you develop personally meaningful and useful ways of thinking about teaching writing. The class is rooted in the field of Composition Studies, which explores questions including: how do writers write? In what ways is writing teachable? In what ways is writing learnable? How should writing instructors approach errors in grammar or mechanics? Why should students write well? Who decides what it means to write well? How does writing respond to different social contexts? How does writing interact with other modes of communication, especially now that we communicate through digital platforms? Our class will explore these questions for theoretical and practical purposes. By the end of the course, you will have a better understanding of yourself as a writer and a teacher, and you will be equipped with practical tools for teaching writing.

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Courses in this series are offered 100% online. Click on the course title to view a sample syllabus.

The following course is required ONLY for educators pursuing both the ESL and Bilingual Education endorsements.

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ABOUT THE ESL ENDORSEMENT

Educators interested in adding the ESL or Bilingual Education endorsements to a valid PEL are encouraged to visit their local ROE or the ISBE website for current requirements.

  • 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).
  • All candidates seeking an ESL or Bilingual Endorsement must provide proof of either three (3) months of full-time teaching OR 100 clinical clock hours of experience in a setting: with Limited English Proficient (LEPs) students for the ESL endorsement and (specifically) TBE Bilingual (program) students for the Bilingual Endorsement.
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Courses in this series are offered 100% online. Click on the course title to view a sample syllabus. Availability varies by semester.

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Courses in this series are offered 100% online. Click on the course title to view a sample syllabus. Availability varies by semester.

Join the waiting list for current semester courses that have reached capacity or to express interest in future semesters.

ABOUT THE HEALTH EDUCATION ENDORSEMENT

Educators interested in adding the Health Education or Physical Education endorsements to a valid PEL are encouraged to visit their local ROE or the ISBE website for current requirements.

  • Candidates may not need to take all courses offered.
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Have you heard the news?
Instructional Coaching is now offered as a Graduate concentration in the Teaching & Learning (M.S.) degree program ! Educators seeking an advanced degree will gain the specific knowledge and skills needed to be an effective instructional coach who can support teacher development as well as increase student growth and achievement.

Instructional Coaching courses completed through the REAL program may be used toward the corresponding concentration within the Teaching & Learning (M.S.) degree program.

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Courses in this series are offered in an online or blended format. Click on the course title to view a sample syllabus. Availability varies by semester.

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Educators enrolled in content-specific 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. Courses are designed with the assumption that enrolled candidates have sufficient content knowledge, as the courses focus on instruction in pedagogy.

View the latest ISBE Subsequent Endorsement information here.

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 606 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.

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

Courses are offered 100% online.

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Courses in this series are offered 100% online. Click on the course title to view a sample syllabus. Availability varies by semester.

REND 641 Foundations of Literacy (3)
Foundations of reading

REND 689 Disciplinary Literacy (3)
Content area reading

REND 642 Literacy Assessment and Diagnosis* (3)
Assessment and diagnosis of reading problems

REND 645 Literacy Instructional Support (3)
Developmental and remedial reading instruction, support, materials and resources

REND 644 Utilizing Literature in the Classroom (3)
Literature appropriate to students across all grade ranges

REND 651 Reading Teacher Practicum (1)
Reading practicum

REND 652 Dyslexia Awareness and Best Practices (2)
Recommended elective

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ABOUT THE READING TEACHER ENDORSEMENT

Educators interested in adding the Reading Teacher endorsement to a valid PEL are encouraged to visit their local ROE or the ISBE website for current requirements.

New for Spring 2022!
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Community Building in an Inquiry Science Classroom (1)
February 14 – March 7, 2021 | blended course
Mandatory virtual meetings on 2/23 and 3/2 from 6-8 p.m. with additional course requirements completed online.

Role of Questioning in an Inquiry Science Classroom (1)
March 7 – March 28, 2021 | blended course
Mandatory virtual meetings on 3/16 and 3/23 from 6-8 p.m. with additional course requirements completed online.

Methods of Assessment in an Inquiry Science Classroom (1)
April 18 – May 6, 2021 | blended course
Mandatory virtual meetings on 4/27 and 5/4 from 6-8 p.m. with additional course requirements completed online.

Course Descriptions

Community Building in an Inquiry Science Classroom
Provides an overview of materials, content, and methodologies used in science modeling instruction to create an enhanced learning community in the K-12 science classroom.  Candidates will explore inquiry-based instructional strategies to encourage student participation during guided discussions.

Role of Questioning in an Inquiry Science Classroom
Examines methods and techniques related to the role of questioning in K-12 science classrooms.  Question asking is the hallmark of an inquiry-based classroom for students and educators. Candidates will explore the art and science of asking questions – including how to teach your students to utilize effective questioning.  Candidates will modify traditional lessons to include inquiry-based instruction and innovative questioning techniques.

Methods of Assessment in an Inquiry Science Classroom
Transitioning to inquiry-based science instruction coincides with re-thinking classroom assessment and grading.  K-12 science educators will explore alternative assessment and grading theories that parallel inquiry thinking.  Candidates will examine portfolio-based assessment, as well as standards-based grading, and experiments, using modified assessment strategies.

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ABOUT THE LBS I (limited K-21) ENDORSEMENT

  • Courses offered at USF do not meet requirements for the Early Childhood Special Education approval.
  • 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.
  • Educators are encouraged to review the Notice to Holders of Special Education Endorsements on ISBE’s Special Education Licensure page to learn about limitations that may apply to the LBS I credential.
  • Educators seeking preparation to serve students across multiple disabilities can visit the Teaching & Learning (M.S.) program page for information about the Special Education concentration or LBS I endorsement-only option.

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