The Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois Community College Board, and the Illinois State Board of Education collaborated to create a new endorsement for nine dual credit disciplines. A Dual Credit Endorsement, as designated in
110 ILCS 27/Dual Credit Quality Act is an endorsement valid for grades 11-12 to be placed on the Professional Educator License (PEL) at the request of an educator who meets the appropriate credential standards.
The Content Specific Endorsement will be a recognized credential that will help with the portability of approved coursework for qualified high school dual credit teachers across the State of Illinois.
The nine dual credit areas include:
To obtain a dual credit endorsement:
QMD or 18 Credit Hours:
The teacher completes a Qualified Master's Degree or any master's degree with 18 graduate credit hours of coursework within the discipline.
Application & Fee:
The teacher completes the Endorsement Application and pays the $50 fee in the
Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS).
The teacher takes a copy of their transcripts and completed application to their hiring institution* for verification.
*Community College Chief Academic Officer or University Provost's Office
Send to ROE:
The COA or Provost sends the form to the Regional Office of Education for sign off.
- *If the teacher's ROE is Region 15 (City of Chicago), the form may be emailed to email@example.com.
Regional Office of Education uploads the form to the teacher's ELIS account.
Upon receipt of the form in ELIS, the Endorsement is auto issued.