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.

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/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)

All courses in this series are offered 100% online.

Registration for summer opens March 2 – preview course dates HERE
  • 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.

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)

All courses in this series are offered 100% online.

Registration for summer opens March 2.

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 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.

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/Limited-English Proficient Students (3)
EEND 636 Linguistics (4)

All courses in this series are offered 100% online.

Registration for summer opens March 2.

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)
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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.

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)

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

Registration for summer opens March 2. 

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.

Middle School Professional Coursework

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

All courses in this series are offered 100% online.

Registration for summer opens March 2.

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

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

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.

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 648 Writing Instruction in the 21st Century (3)
REND 651 Reading Teacher Practicum (3)
REND 689 Disciplinary Literacy (3)

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

Registration for summer opens March 2.

Did you know?
Additional one credit hour courses are offered for Dyslexia and Reading Disabilities. Visit the One Hour Courses section on our All Courses 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.
  • 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.

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)

All courses in this series are offered 100% online.

Registration for summer opens March 2.

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.

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.

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)

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

Registration for summer opens March 2.

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