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Once you hold a Professional Educator License (PEL) or Educator License with Stipulations endorsed in a teaching field, you can add additional content area endorsements. These endorsements can be added at any grade level even if the underlying teaching endorsement on the PEL is a different grade range. The PEL serves as a foundation to which any teaching endorsement can be added after applicable coursework and testing are completed.

Illinois offers full reciprocity for all endorsements listed on a valid, comparable out-of-state license. To add subsequent endorsements to your Professional Educator License (PEL) via reciprocity, please apply for the endorsement in your ELIS account and provide a copy of your valid, comparable out-of-state license. ​​

 Early Childhood Education Birth-Grade 3

Endorsement Type Requirements
Early Childhood
  • ​18 semester hours of coursework specific to or inclusive of Early Childhood Education with coursework in each of the following areas:
    • Child Growth and Development
    • Planning and Assessment
    • Methods and Content Pedagogy
    • Literacy Methods
    • Collaborative Relationships with Family or Communities
  • Pass the Early Childhood Education content test (206)​

 Elementary Education 1-6

Endorsement Type Requirements
Elementary Education
  • ​18 semester hours of coursework specific to or inclusive of Elementary Education with coursework in each of the following areas:
    • Growth and Development
    • Planning and Assessment
    • Methods and Content Pedagogy
    • Literacy Methods
  • Pass the Elementary Education content test (197-200/305)​

 Middle Grades 5-8

​The Middle Grades 5-8 endorsement may be added by passing the content exam and completing 18 semester hours of coursework in the content area. 

*All Middle Grades 5-8 endorsements must include a content specific methods coursework within the 18 semester hour content coursework requirement.
Endorsement Type Requirements
Agriculture
  • ​18 semester hours including a methods*
  • Agriculture Education (170/215) test
Art
  • ​18 semester hours including a methods*
  • Visual Arts (145/214) test
Business, Marketing, Management
  • ​18 semester hours including a methods*
  • Business, Marketing, & Computer Education (171/216 test)
Computer Applications
  • ​18 semester hours including a methods*
Computer Science
  • ​18 semester hours including a methods*
  • Computer Science (038/205) test
Dance
  • ​18 semester hours including a methods*
  • Dance (140/209) test
Family & Consumer Science
  • ​18 semester hours including a methods*
  • Family & Consumer Science (172/217) test
General Science
  • ​18 semester hours including a methods*
  • Middle Grade Science (203) test
Health Education
  • ​18 semester hours including a methods*
  • Health Education (142/211) test
Industrial Technology
  • ​18 semester hours including a methods*
  • Technology Education (174/219) test
Language Arts
  • ​18 semester hours including a methods*
  • Middle grade Language Arts (201) test
Mathematics
  • ​18 semester hours including a methods*
  • Middle Grade Math (202) test
Music
  • ​18 semester hours including a methods*
  • Music (143/212) test
Physical Education
  • ​18 semester hours including a methods*
  • Physical Education (144/213) test
Social Sciences
  • ​18 semester hours including a methods*
  • Middle Grade Social Science (204) test
Theatre/Drama
  • ​18 semester hours including a methods*
  • Drama/Theatre Arts (141/210) test​

 Senior High 9-12

The Senior High 9-12 endorsement may be added by passing the content exam and completing 18 semester hours of coursework in the content area.
Endorsement Type Requirements
Dance
  • ​18 semester hours
  • Dance (140/209) test
Drama/Theatre Arts
  • ​18 semester hours
  • Drama/Theatre Arts (141/210) test
English Language Arts
  • ​18 semester hours
  • English Language Arts (111/207) test
English as a New Language
  • ​18 semester hours
  • English as a New Language (125/250) test
English as a New Language – Bilingual Education (language listed)
  • ​18 semester hours
  • English as a New Language (125/250) test
  • Appropriate Target Language Proficiency or English Proficiency Language Test
Health Education
  • ​18 semester hours
  • Health Education (142/211) test
Mathematics
  • ​18 semester hours
  • Mathematics (202/208) test
Music
  • ​18 semester hours
  • Music (143/212) test
Physical Education
  • ​18 semester hours
  • Physical Education (144/213) test
Safety and Driver’s Education
  • ​18 semester hours with the following distribution:
    • 3 semester hours in injury prevention or safety
    • 9 semester hours in driver education that include:
      • Driving task analysis (introduction to driver education)
      • Teaching driver education in the classroom
      • Teaching the laboratory portion of the driver education course, including on-street teaching under the supervision of a qualified driver education teacher, advanced driver education, and emergency evasive driving maneuvers
    • 6 semester hours from two of the following areas:
      • First aid
      • Adolescent/young adult psychology
      • Any safety-related issue relevant to driver education
      • Advanced driver education in use of simulation/multiple care programs
      • Health/wellness
      • Care & prevention of injuries
      • Alcohol/drug abuse issues
      • Drivers Education for students with disabilities
Science – Biology
  • ​18 semester hours in Biology
  • Science – Biology (105/239) test
Science – Chemistry
  • ​18 semester hours in Chemistry
  • Science – Chemistry (106/240) test
Science – Earth & Space
  • ​18 semester hours in Earth & Space
  • Science – Earth & Space (108/241) test
Science – Environmental
  • ​18 semester hours in Environmental
  • Science – Environmental (112/242) test
Science – Physics
  • ​18 semester hours in Physics
  • Science – Physics (116/243) test
Social Science – Economics
  • ​18 semester hours in Economics
  • Social Science – Economics (109/244) test
Social Science – Geography
  • ​18 semester hours in Geography
  • Social Science – Geography (113/245) test
Social Science – History
  • ​18 semester hours in History
  • Social Science – History (114/246) test
Social Science – Political Science
  • ​18 semester hours in Political Science
  • Social Science – Political Science (117/247) test
Social Science – Psychology
  • ​18 semester hours in Psychology
  • Social Science – Psychology (118/248) test
Social Science – Sociology & Anthropology
  • ​18 semester hours in Social & Anthropology
  • Social Science – Social & Anthropology (121/249) test
Visual Arts
  • ​18 semesters hours
  • Visual Arts (145/214) test​

 Senior High 6-12

​The Senior High 6-12 endorsement may be added by passing the content exam and completing 18 semester hours of coursework in the content area.​
Endorsement Type Requirements
Agricultural Education (6-12)
  • ​18 semester hours
  • Agricultural Education (170/215) test
Business, Marketing, and Computer Education (6-12)
  • ​18 semester hours
  • Business, Marketing, & Computer Education (171/216 test)
Business, Marketing, and Computer Education – Business Computer Programming (6-12)
  • ​18 semester hours
  • 9 of the 18 semester hours in Computer Programming
  • Business, Marketing, & Computer Education (171/216 test)
Computer Applications (6-12)
  • ​18 semester hours
Computer Science (6-12)
  • ​18 semester hours
  • Computer Science (038/205) test
Family and Consumer Science – Apparel and Textiles (6-12)
  • ​18 semester hours
  • Family and Consumer Science (172/217) test
Family and Consumer Science – Living Environments (6-12)
  • ​18 semester hours
  • Family and Consumer Science (172/217) test
Family and Consumer Science – Nutrition, Wellness, and Hospitality (6-12)
  • ​18 semester hours
  • Family and Consumer Science (172/217) test
Technology Education (Industrial Arts) (6-12)
  • ​18 semester hours
  • Technology Education (174/219) test​

 Special K-12

Endorsement Type Requirements
Dance
  • ​18 semester hours
  • Dance (140/209) test
Drama/Theatre Arts
  • ​18 semester hours
  • Drama/Theatre Arts (141/210) test
Health Education
  • ​18 semester hours
  • Health Education (142/211) test
Music
  • ​18 semester hours
  • Music (143/212) test
Physical Education
  • ​18 semester hours
  • Physical Education (144/213) test
Reading Specialist
  • Hold a Illinois professional educator license endorsed in a teacher field​
  • 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 (176/221) content test
Visual Arts
  • ​18 semesters hours
  • Visual Arts (145/214) test​

 Special PK-12

Endorsement Type Requirements
Biling​ual Education
  • ​18 semester hours of credit with coursework in each of the following areas:
    • Foundations of bilingual education
    • Assessment of bilingual students
    • Methods and materials for teaching limited-English-proficient students in bilingual programs (this is a bilingual methods course)
    • Cross-cultural studies for teaching limited-English-proficient students
    • Methods and materials for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)
    • Elective (an additional bilingual or ESL course)
  • 100 clock hours (or 3 months teaching experience) in a bilingual setting
  • Appropriate Target Language Proficiency or English Language Proficiency test (if applicable)
English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • ​18 semester hours of credit with coursework in each of the following 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
    • Elective (an additional ESL or bilingual course)
  • 100 clock hours (or 3 months teaching experience) in an ESL setting
Foreign Language
  • ​18 semester hours
  • Applicable 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
  • 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.
  • Pass the Gifted Specialist content test (312)
Gifted Education Teacher
  • ​18 semester hours of credit with coursework in each of the following areas:
    • characteristics of the field of gifted education as it pertains to gifted children, including their cognitive, creative and affective development
    • the wide range of ways in which a child is gifted; issues and practices in identifying and serving gifted children; and the manner in which assessment data shape decisions about identification, learning progress and outcomes
    • theoretical and research-based data necessary for the development of programs, curriculum and instructional sequences for gifted children, especially those serving gifted students from diverse populations
    • A Practicum
  • Gifted Education (NES) (312) test
Library Information Specialist
  • ​18 semester hours
  • Library Information Specialist (175/220) test
Reading Teacher
  • ​18 semester hours of credit with coursework in each of the following areas:
    • Foundations of reading
    • Content area reading
    • Assessment and diagnosis of reading problems
    • Developmental and remedial reading instruction, support, materials and resources
    • Literature appropriate to students across all grade ranges
    • Reading practicum
  • Reading Teacher (177) or Reading Teacher (222) test​
Technology Specialist
  • ​18 semester hours and Technology Specialist Test (178/223)

 Supervisory Endorsements

Endorsement Type Requirements
Supervisory Endorsements
  • ​Hold an Illinois license endorsement in one of the following:
    • Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBSI PK-21 or K-21)
    • Teacher of Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired (BPS PK-21)
    • Teacher of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH PK-21)
    • Speech Language Pathologist (SLP PK-21)
    • Early Childhood Special Education (ECS3 B-3)
    • School Support Personnel (School Social Worker, School Nurse, School Counselor, School Psychologist, Speech Language Pathologist Non-Teaching.
  • Complete a minimum of 8 semester hours of graduate professional education coursework in the following areas:
    • Supervision of Personnel
    • Administration and Organization of Schools​
  • All grades for the endorsement coursework must be "C-" or higher, and coursework must be at the 100-level or higher from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • All test scores are valid indefinitely.

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