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.
View Fall 2020 Course Options and REGISTER HERE

All courses in this series are offered 100% online.

Additional options with required virtual meetings:

EEND 631 Theoretical Foundations of Bilingual and ESL (4)
October 12 – December 7, 2020
VIRTUAL meetings 10/13, 11/03, and 12/01 from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. with the remainder of the coursework completed online.
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EEND 633: Assessment of Bilingual and ESL Students (3)
October 19 – December 14, 2019
VIRTUAL meetings on 10/20, 11/10, and 12/8 from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
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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.
View Fall 2020 Course Options and REGISTER HERE

All courses in this series are offered 100% online.

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.
View Fall 2020 Course Options and REGISTER HERE

All courses in this series are offered 100% online.

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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Additional options with required virtual meetings:

EEND 631 Theoretical Foundations of Bilingual and ESL (4)
October 12 – December 7, 2020
VIRTUAL meetings 10/13, 11/03, and 12/01 from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. with the remainder of the coursework completed online.
Click here to begin registration

EEND 633: Assessment of Bilingual and ESL Students (3)
October 19 – December 14, 2019
VIRTUAL meetings on 10/20, 11/10, and 12/8 from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Click here to register

EEND 636 Linguistics (4)
October 19 – December 14, 2020
VIRTUAL meetings on 10/20, 11/10, and 12/8 from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. with the remainder of the coursework completed online.
Click here to begin registration

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.
View Fall 2020 Course Dates and REGISTER HERE

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.

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EEND 691 Methods of Teaching Adolescents Science
August 24 – December 11, via livestream each WED from 4 – 6 p.m. with additional requirements completed online.

EEND 693 Methods of Teaching Adolescents Social Science
August 24 – December 11, meets each THUR at Main Campus from 4:45 – 6:45 p.m. with additional requirements completed online.

EEND 694 Methods of Teaching Adolescents Mathematics
August 24 – December 11 | online course

EEND 695 Methods of Teaching Adolescents English/Language Arts
August 24 – December 11 | online course

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.

  • 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.
View Fall 2020 Course Options and REGISTER HERE

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 (3)

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

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

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.
View Fall 2020 Course Options and REGISTER HERE

All courses in this series are offered 100% online.

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.
View Fall 2020 Course Options and REGISTER HERE

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

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