Endorsement Courses

  • 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.
Summer 2021 Schedule and Course Registration

All courses in this series are offered 100% online.

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  • 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.

Summer 2021 Schedule and Course Registration

All courses in this series are offered 100% online.

JOIN THE WAITING LIST for current semester courses that have reached capacity OR to express interest in future semesters.

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.

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 Fall 2021!  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.
Summer 2021 Schedule and Course Registration

All courses in this series are offered 100% online.

JOIN THE WAITING LIST for current semester courses that have reached capacity OR to express interest in future semesters.

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.

  • 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.
Summer 2021 Schedule and Course Registration

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

JOIN THE WAITING LIST for current semester courses that have reached capacity OR to express interest in future semesters.

Summer 2021 Schedule and Course Registration

Availability varies by semester. JOIN THE WAITING LIST for current semester courses that have reached capacity OR to express interest in future semesters.

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. Courses are designed with a focus on instruction in pedagogy. It is highly recommended that the appropriate content area coursework is completed prior to enrolling in the methods courses.

View the latest ISBE Subsequent Endorsement information here.

Any undergraduate student who is NOT currently enrolled at the University of St. Francis is encouraged to seek guidance from his/her home institution prior to registering for the following courses.

Summer 2021 Schedule and Course Registration
  • REAL 494 E: Methods of Teaching Adolescents English/Language Arts
  • REAL 494 G: Methods of Teaching Adolescents Mathematics
  • REAL 494 D: Methods of Teaching Adolescents Science
  • REAL 494 F: Methods of Teaching Adolescents Social Science

Availability varies by semester.

Candidates are encouraged to visit their local ROE or the ISBE website for current information on adding the Physical Education endorsement to a valid PEL.

Fall 2021 Schedule Preview (registration opens June 1)
This course will not be offered Summer 2021.

Course is offered 100% online. Availability varies by semester.

JOIN THE WAITING LIST for current semester courses that have reached capacity OR to express interest in future semesters.

  • The PK-12 Reading Teacher endorsement requires a specific distribution of coursework.
  • Educators interested in adding the Reading Teacher endorsement to an Illinois PEL may not need to take all courses offered. We encourage you to visit the ISBE website for the most current information and requirements.
  • All Reading Teacher courses offered are on file at the Illinois State Board of Education.
Summer 2021 Schedule and Course Registration 

READING TEACHER ENDORSEMENT COURSEWORK BY AREA

Foundations of reading
REND 641 Foundations of Literacy (3)

Content area reading
REND 689 Disciplinary Literacy (3)

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

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

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

Reading practicum
REND 651 Reading Teacher Practicum (1)

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

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

JOIN THE WAITING LIST for current semester courses that have reached capacity OR to express interest in future semesters.

Looking for reading courses beyond those required for the Reading Teacher endorsement?

Visit our listing of all available courses by topic.

  • 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.
  • Educators interested in adding the LBS I (full K-Age 21 approved program) endorsement to their educator license can visit our M.S. Teaching and Learning program page for more information.
Summer 2021 Schedule and Course Registration 

All courses in this series are offered 100% online.

JOIN THE WAITING LIST for current semester courses that have reached capacity OR to express interest in future semesters.

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 on our All Courses page for details.

  • 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.
Summer 2021 Schedule and Course Registration 

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

JOIN THE WAITING LIST for current semester courses that have reached capacity OR to express interest in future semesters.

Subsequent Endorsements: Focused Programs

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

  • Principal Endorsement
  • Reading Specialist Endorsement
  • Special Education LBS I Endorsement (full K-Age 21 approved program)
  • Superintendent Endorsement
  • Teacher Leader Endorsement