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Endorsement Opportunities

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Adding Endorsements to Your Certificate

It is common for teachers to add endorsements to their certificates after they begin teaching.  In general, endorsements may be added to an existing Type 03, 04, 09, or 10 certificate by completing the requirements for that endorsement.

Endorsements are valid only in the grade levels for which a teacher is certified to teach.  For example, if a teacher with a Type 03 (Elementary K-9) Certificate completes the requirements for a secondary Mathematics Endorsement, that endorsement is only valid through Grade 9.

A listing of endorsements is available below, along with local opportunities (if any) to earn the endorsement.

Middle School Endorsements

(Available to those on Type 03, 09, and 10 certificates)

 

Common Middle School Endorsement Requirements (Required for all M.S. endorsements)

Endorsement Requirements Local Opportunities
All Middle School Endorsements
  • 3 semester hours of coursework that includes middle-grade philosophy, middle-grade curriculum and instruction, and instructional methods for designing and teaching developmentally appropriate programs; and
  • 3 semester hours of coursework that includes educational psychology focusing on the developmental characteristics of early adolescents, the nature and needs of early adolescents, and the role of the middle-grade teacher in assessment, coordination, and referral of students to health and social services.

Every 4-year college with an education major offers these courses, though their names and structure may vary.

PDA offers these courses each summer in a condensed format.

Lewis University and University of St. Francis both offer these courses in evening and summer formats.

 

Content Area Endorsement Requirements

Endorsement Requirements Local Opportunities
Agricultural Education 18 Semester Hours in the content area, plus the common requirements (listed above).  
Art 18 Semester Hours in the content area, plus the common requirements (listed above).  
Bilingual Education

18 Semester Hours distributed among the following course areas:

  • Foundations of Bilingual Education
  • Assessment of Bilingual Students
  • Methods and Materials for Teaching Limited-English-Proficient Students in Bilingual Programs
  • Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited-English-Proficient Students
  • Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language

In addition, a you must have:

  • A valid professional Illinois teacher certificate.
  • Bilingual clinical experience totaling 100 clock hours or three months teaching experience in bilingual programs.
  • Successful completion of a language examination in the non-English language to be taught.
  • The common requirements (listed above).

This program is offered either as a stand-alone program or as a part of a masters program through the Professional Development Alliance with Aurora University.

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Biological Science 18 Semester Hours in the content area, plus the common requirements (listed above).  
Business/Mkt/Mgt 18 Semester Hours in the content area, plus the common requirements (listed above).  
Computer Applications 18 Semester Hours in the content area, plus the common requirements (listed above).  
Computer Science 18 Semester Hours in the content area, plus the common requirements (listed above).  
Dance 18 Semester Hours in the content area, plus the common requirements (listed above).  
English as a Second Language

18 Semester Hours distributed among the following course areas:

  • Linguistics
  • Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL
  • Assessment of the Bilingual Student
  • Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL
  • Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited-English-Proficient Students

In addition, you must have:

  • A valid professional Illinois Teaching Certificate
  • ESL clinical experience equal to 100 clock hours or three months teaching experience with ESL students.
  • The common requirements (listed above).

This program is offered either as a stand-alone program or as a part of a masters program through the Professional Development Alliance with Aurora University.

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Family and Consumer Science 18 Semester Hours in the content area, plus the common requirements (listed above).  
Foreign Language 18 Semester Hours of content courses in a specific language, plus the common requirements (listed above).  
General Science 18 Semester Hours in the content area, plus the common requirements (listed above).  
General Geography 18 Semester Hours in the content area, plus the common requirements (listed above).  
Health Education 18 Semester Hours in the content area, plus the common requirements (listed above).  
Industrial Technology Education 18 Semester Hours in the content area, plus the common requirements (listed above).  
Language Arts 18 Semester Hours in the content area, plus the common requirements (listed above).  
Library Information Specialist

Complete the common requirements (listed above) and one of the following:

  • A major in the content area; OR
  • 24 Semester Hours of content and pass the content test for Library Information Specialist
 
Mathematics
  1. A 3 Semester Hour course in Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Middle Grades.
  2. 15 Semester Hours from courses that are selected from at least 4 of the following topics:
    • Math content courses for elementary teachers (Math for Teachers, etc.)
    • Calculus
    • Modern (Abstract) Algebra or Number Theory
    • Geometry
    • Computer Science
    • Probability and Statistics
    • History of Mathematics
  3. The common requirements (listed above).
 
Music 18 Semester Hours in the content area, plus the common requirements (listed above).  
Physical Education 18 Semester Hours in the content area, plus the common requirements (listed above).  
Physical Science 18 Semester Hours in the content area, plus the common requirements (listed above).  
Reading Specialist Have completed an approved program of study from a four-year college or university and passed the Reading Specialist Test.  
Reading Teacher

Have passed the Reading Specialist or Reading Teacher content area test, and have completed 24 Semester Hours in the area of Reading, including:

  • Practicum
  • Foundations of Reading
  • Content Area Reading
  • Assessment and Diagnosis fo Reading Problems
  • Developmental and Remedial Reading Instruction and Support
  • Developmental and Remedial Materials and Resources
  • Literature Appropriate to Students in All Grade Levels
 
Safety & Driver's Education 18 Semester Hours in the content area, plus the common requirements (listed above).  
Social Science 18 Semester Hours in the content area, plus the common requirements (listed above).  
Speech 18 Semester Hours in the content area, plus the common requirements (listed above).  
Speech/Theatre 18 Semester Hours in the content area, plus the common requirements (listed above).  
Technology Specialist (Computer Related) 18 Semester Hours in the content area, plus the common requirements (listed above).  
Theatre/Drama 18 Semester Hours in the content area, plus the common requirements (listed above).  

 

 
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