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If you hold:​ Primary endorsement grade range:
Early childhood education (Birth-Grade 3) PreK – Grade 12
Elementary education (K-9) PreK – Grade 12
Special (K-12 or PK-21) PreK – Grade 12
Endorsement Requirements
Bilingual Education
(Language required)
  • 18 semester hours with a distribution*
  • 100 clock hours (or 3 months teaching experience) in a bilingual setting
  • Appropriate Target Language Proficiency or English Language Proficiency test
English as a Second Language
  • 18 semester hours with a distribution*
  • 100 clock hours (or 3 months teaching experience) in an ESL setting
Foreign Language
(Language required)

First Foreign Language Endorsement:

  • 24 semester hours in the desired foreign language
  • Appropriate foreign language test

Additional Foreign Language Endorsements:​

  • Appropriate foreign language test

     
Gifted Education Specialist
  • Hold an Illinois professional educator license endorsed in a teaching field
  • Present evidence of two years of teaching experience on the Illinois professional educator license or a comparable out-of-state license involving the education of gifted students
  • Hold a master's degree or higher awarded by a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Pass the gifted specialist content test (312)
  • Complete a state-approved K-12 gifted education specialist program at a regionally-accredited institution of higher education (use form 73-05GPDF Document to verify program completion)
    • Includes clinical experiences with five or more students in both PK- grade 8 AND grades 9-12, and work with at least one student enrolled in PK-grade 8 and one student enrolled in grades 9-12.
Gifted Education Teacher
  • 24 semester hours with a distribution*
  • Gifted Education (NES) (312) test
Library Information Specialist
  • 24 semester hours with 12 at the upper division
  • Library Information Specialist (175) test
Reading Specialist
(K-12 ONLY)
  • Hold an Illinois professional educator license
  • Present evidence of two years of full-time teaching experience either on the Illinois professional educator license or on a comparable out-of-state license
  • Hold a master's degree or higher from a regionally-accredited institution of higher education
  • Complete a K-12 reading specialist preparation program from Illinois or out of state—use ISBE form 80-02PDF Document to verify program completion
  • Pass the Reading Specialist (176) content test
  • Pass a test of basic skillsPDF Document
Reading Teacher
  • 24 semester hours with a distribution*​
  • Reading Teacher (177) or Reading Specialist (176) test
Technology Specialist
(Computer Related)
  • 24 semester hours
  • Technology Specialist (178) test
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