Endorsement Courses

Educators interested in adding any of the following endorsements to a valid PEL are strongly encouraged to visit a local ROE or the ISBE Educator Licensure Requirements web page to review current information and requirements.

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

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

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.
View the Spring 2023 Schedule and Register Here

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

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

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.

ISBE Requirements for Safety and Driver Education Endorsements

Cohorts are now forming for the spring and fall of 2023!  CLICK HERE to contact IHSCDEA and express your interest in joining an upcoming cohort.
ENDORSEMENT COURSES

The following courses may be used toward the required distribution for 12 of the 18 hours required for the endorsement. Tuition is $1,000 per course.

EEND 615 Injury Prevention & Safety (3 credit hours)
EEND 616 Driver Task Analysis (3 credit hours)
EEND 617 Methods of Teaching Driver Education: Classroom (3 credit hours)
EEND 618 Methods of Teaching Driver Education: Behind the Wheel (3 credit hours)

Complete the IHSCDEA Cohort Interest Form to to initiate the enrollment process for EEND 615 – 618 and/or elective course EEND 619.

ELECTIVE ENDORSEMENT COURSES

The following elective courses may be used toward additional required hours for endorsement. Tuition is $1,000 per course.

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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).

Click on the course title to view a sample syllabus. Availability varies by semester.

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ABOUT THE ELEMENTARY EDUCATION ENDORSEMENT
Courses noted may assist educators with requirements for adding the Elementary Education endorsement to a valid PEL. Educators are encouraged to visit their local ROE or the ISBE website for current requirements and to best determine which courses may meet individual needs.

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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.
View the Spring 2023 Schedule and Register Here

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.
View the Spring 2023 Schedule and Register Here

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.

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.

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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.

Availability varies by semester.

View the Spring 2023 Schedule and Register Here

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 PHYSICAL EDUCATION ENDORSEMENT

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

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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.

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

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

ABOUT THE LBS I 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.
View the Spring 2023 Schedule and Register Here

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 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.

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 approved program)
  • Superintendent Endorsement
  • Teacher Leader Endorsement