Endorsement Courses

  • 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 credit hours)
EEND 631: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

EEND 632 Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL (4 credit hours)
EEND 632: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

EEND 633 Assessment of Bilingual and ESL Students (3 credit hours)
EEND 633: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

EEND 634 Cross Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited-English Proficient Students (3 credit hours)
EEND 634: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

EEND 637 Methods and Materials for Teaching Bilingual Students (3 credit hours)
EEND 637: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

EEND 638 Supporting English Language Learners in the Inclusive Classroom (1 credit hour)
EEND 638: October 7 – 28, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

  • 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 credit hours)
EEND 600: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

EEND 606 Supervision of Programs for Exceptional Children (3 credit hours)
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EEND 641 Legal and Historical Foundations in Special Education (3 credit hours)
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EEND 644 Specialized Curriculum and Methods in Special Education
EEND 644: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

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.

  • 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
  • EEND 619 Methods of Teaching Advanced, Evasive, Simulation and Range

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 credit hours)
EEND 631: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

EEND 632 Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL (4 credit hours)
EEND 632: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

EEND 633 Assessment of Bilingual and ESL Students (3 credit hours)
EEND 633: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

EEND 634 Cross Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited-English Proficient Students (3 credit hours)
EEND 634: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

EEND 636 Linguistics (4 credit hours)
EEND 636: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

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 credit hours)
EEND 637: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

  • 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 credit hours)
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EEND 731 Mental and Emotional Health in Education (3 credit hours)
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EEND 732 Nutrition in Education (3 credit hours)
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EEND 733 Drug Education (3 credit hours)
October 7 – December 2 | online course (register by 8/5)
This class is being offered in partnership with TIDE – Teacher In-Service for DuPage Educators at a special rate of $235 per credit hour.  Register through TIDE here.

EEND 734 Teaching Personal Health (3 credit hours)
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EEND 735 Environmental Health in the Classroom (3 credit hours)
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EEND 736 Disease Prevention in Education (3 credit hours)
EEND 736: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

EEND 737 Human Sexuality in Education (3 credit hours)
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EEND 738 Assessment & Evaluation in Physical Education (3 credit hours)
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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 credit hours)
EEND 630: September 9 – December 6, 2019 | online course (register by 8/26)

EEND 687 Middle School Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction (3 credit hours)
EEND 687: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

Middle Grades/Adolescent Methods Courses

EEND 693 Methods of Teaching Adolescents Social Science
August 19 – December 13, 2019 | blended course (USF Main, R, 6-8:45 p.m.)

EEND 694 Methods of Teaching Adolescents Mathematics
August 19 – December 13, 2019 | online course

EEND 695 Methods of Teaching Adolescents English/Language Arts
August 19 – December 13, 2019 | online course

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 credit hours)
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REND 642 Assessment Procedures and Data Analysis for Student Achievement (3 credit hours)
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REND 643 Exploration of Literacy Strategies and Materials for Student Achievement (3 credit hours)
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REND 643: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

REND 644 Utilizing Literature in the Classroom (3 credit hours)
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REND 647 Literacy and Diverse Learners (3 credit hours)
REND 642: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

REND 648 Writing Instruction in the 21st Century (3 credit hours)
REND 648: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)
Special rate for this section of REND 648 (CRN 10898): $195 per credit hour

REND 651 Reading Teacher Practicum (3 credit hours)
REND 648: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

REND 689 Disciplinary Literacy (3 credit hours)
REND 648: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

  • 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 credit hours)
EEND 605: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

EEND 640 Development and Characteristics of Individuals with Special Needs (3 credit hours)
EEND 640: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

EEND 642 Assessment and Diagnosis in Special Education (3 credit hours)
EEND 642: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

EEND 644 Specialized Curriculum and Methods in Special Education (3 credit hours)
EEND 644: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

  • 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 credit hours)
EEND 675: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

EEND 676: Collaborative Web Tools in Education (3 credit hours)
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EEND 677: Multimedia Tools in Education (3 credit hours)
EEND 677: September 16 – November 11, 2019 | online course 
Special rate for this section of EEND 677 (CRN 10383): $195 per credit hour

EEND 678: Effective Technology Integration Into Lessons and Curriculum (3 credit hours)
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EEND 679: Assessing and Improving Student Achievement with Technology (3 credit hours)
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EEND 680: 21st Century Educational Leadership (3 credit hours)
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EEND 681: Managing Educational Technology Services (3 credit hours)
EEND 681: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

EEND 713: Engaging eLearning (3 credit hours)
EEND 713: October 7 – December 2, 2019 | online course (register by 9/23)

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)