Endorsement Courses

Days
Hours
Minutes
Spring registration for REAL courses will open on November 1. View the schedule of online courses HERE.
  • Candidates starting Bilingual Education 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 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.

Register by selecting the date link for each course/section in which you wish to enroll. 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.

EEND 631 Theoretical Foundations of Bilingual and ESL (4)

EEND 632 Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL (4)

EEND 633 Assessment of Bilingual and ESL Students (3)

EEND 634 Cross Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited-English Proficient Students (3)

EEND 637 Methods and Materials for Teaching Bilingual Students (3)

EEND 638 Supporting English Language Learners in the Inclusive Classroom (1)

  • 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.

Register by selecting the date link for each course/section in which you wish to enroll. 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.

EEND 600 Introduction to Special Education Finance (3)

EEND 606 Supervision of Programs for Exceptional Children (3)

EEND 641 Legal and Historical Foundations in Special Education (3)

EEND 644 Specialized Curriculum and Methods in Special Education (3)

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 12 hours for upper division distribution:

  • EEND 615 Injury Prevention & Safety
  • EEND 616 Driver Task Analysis
  • EEND 617 Methods of Teaching Driver Education: Classroom
  • EEND 618 Methods of Teaching Driver Education: Behind the Wheel

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

  • EEND 619 Methods of Teaching Advanced, Evasive, Simulation and Range
Cohorts are now forming for Spring 2020 and Fall 2020!  CLICK HERE to contact IHSCDEA and express your interest in joining an upcoming cohort.
  • 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.

Register by selecting the date link for each course/section in which you wish to enroll. 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.

EEND 631 Theoretical Foundations of Bilingual and ESL (4)

EEND 632 Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL (4)

EEND 633 Assessment of Bilingual and ESL Students (3)

EEND 634 Cross Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited-English Proficient Students (3)

EEND 636 Linguistics (4)

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.

EEND 637 Methods and Materials for Teaching Bilingual Students (3)

  • 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.
  • Educators pursuing a Health Education endorsement may not need all courses offered and are encouraged to visit ISBE to view current requirements for adding the Health Education endorsement to a valid PEL.

Register by selecting the date link for each course/section in which you wish to enroll. 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.

EEND 730 School Health Curriculum and Evaluation (3)

EEND 731 Mental and Emotional Health in Education (3)

EEND 732 Nutrition in Education (3)

EEND 733 Drug Education (3)

EEND 734 Teaching Personal Health (3)

EEND 735 Environmental Health in the Classroom (3)

EEND 736 Disease Prevention in Education (3)

EEND 737 Human Sexuality in Education (3)

EEND 738 Assessment & Evaluation in Physical Education (3)

The courses noted under the section Middle School Professional Coursework may meet requirements for teachers with an existing/open deficiency letter from ISBE expiring on or before June 30, 2020. The endorsement must be ISSUED BY ISBE on or before June 30, 2020 so educators with an open deficiency must complete outstanding courses and submit corresponding transcripts to ISBE well in advance of the deadline. 

Spring 2020 will be the last opportunity to complete EEND 630 and EEND 687 as noted under the section for Middle School Professional Coursework.

Middle School Professional Coursework
Register by selecting the date link for each course/section in which you wish to enroll. 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.

EEND 630 Psychology and Development of the Middle School Child (3)

EEND 687 Middle School Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction (3)
EEND 687: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course

Middle Grades/Adolescent Methods Courses

EEND 693 Methods of Teaching Adolescents Social Science

EEND 694 Methods of Teaching Adolescents Mathematics

EEND 695 Methods of Teaching Adolescents English/Language Arts

If you are interested in teaching Middle Grades and do not currently hold one of the following endorsements: 5-8 or 6-8 Middle Level, K-12 Special Teaching, PK-12 Teaching, or PK-21 Special Education, please visit Subsequent Teaching Endorsements via Focused Programs

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 ISBE’s Acceptable Areas of Coursework for Endorsements

Please submit the following interest form to begin the process of registering for adolescent methods courses at USF: Adolescent Methods Course Interest Form

  • The Illinois Reading Teacher endorsement requires 24 hours of coursework and is the minimum requirement for anyone assigned to teach reading who is not teaching reading as part of general classroom instruction.
  • All Reading Teacher courses are on file at the Illinois State Board of Education.
  • Candidates may not need to take all 24 credit hours and are encouraged to visit ISBE for current information on adding the Reading Teacher endorsement to a valid PEL.

Register by selecting the date link for each course/section in which you wish to enroll. 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.

REND 641 Foundations of Literacy (3)

REND 642 Assessment Procedures and Data Analysis for Student Achievement (3)

REND 643 Exploration of Literacy Strategies and Materials for Student Achievement (3)

REND 644 Utilizing Literature in the Classroom (3)

REND 647 Literacy and Diverse Learners (3)
REND 647: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course 

REND 648 Writing Instruction in the 21st Century (3)

REND 651 Reading Teacher Practicum (3)

REND 689 Disciplinary Literacy (3)
REND 648: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course 

  • 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 (valid for grade range held) endorsement to a valid PEL.
  • Educators interested in adding the LBS I (PreK-Age 21) endorsement to their educator license can visit our M.S. Teaching & Learning program page for more information. 

Register by selecting the date link for each course/section in which you wish to enroll. 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.

EEND 605 Survey of the Exceptional Child (3)

EEND 640 Development and Characteristics of Individuals with Special Needs (3)

EEND 642 Assessment and Diagnosis in Special Education (3)

EEND 644 Specialized Curriculum and Methods in Special Education (3)

  • 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.
  • Educators pursuing a Technology Specialist endorsement may not need all courses offered and are encouraged to visit ISBE to view current requirements for adding the Technology Specialist endorsement to a valid PEL.

Register by selecting the date link for each course/section in which you wish to enroll. 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.

EEND 675: Foundations of Educational Technology (3)

EEND 676: Collaborative Web Tools in Education (3)

EEND 677: Multimedia Tools in Education (3)

EEND 678: Effective Technology Integration Into Lessons and Curriculum (3)

EEND 679: Assessing and Improving Student Achievement with Technology (3)

EEND 680: 21st Century Educational Leadership (3)

EEND 681: Managing Educational Technology Services (3)

EEND 713: Engaging eLearning (3)

Subsequent Endorsements: Focused Programs

Visit our Subsequent Teaching Endorsements page for additional information on the following endorsements:

  • Elementary Education Endorsement (1-6)
  • Middle Grades Endorsement (5-8)
  • Principal Endorsement
  • Reading Specialist Endorsement
  • Secondary Education Endorsement (9-12)
  • Special Education Endorsement (PreK-Age 21)
  • Superintendent Endorsement
  • Teacher Leader Endorsement
  • Visual Arts (K-12)