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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. ​​

 Subsequent Teaching Endorsements

The following endorsements can be added at any of the available grade ranges by passing the content test and completing 18 hours of coursework in the content area.

  • Agriculture*
  • Art*
  • Business, Marketing, & Computer Education
  • Business, Marketing, & Computer Education Programming
  • Business/Marketing/Management*
  • Computer Applications*
  • Computer Science*
  • Dance*
  • Drama/Theatre Arts
  • English Language Arts
  • English as a New Language
  • English as a New Language – Bilingual Education
  • Family & Consumer Science*
  • Family & Consumer Science – Apparel & Textiles
  • Family & Consumer Science – Living Environments
  • Family & Consumer Science – Nutrition, Wellness, & Hospitality
  • General Science*
  • Health Education*
  • Industrial Technology*
  • Language Arts*
  • Library Information Specialist
  • Mathematics*
  • Music*
  • Physical Education*
  • Science – Biology
  • Science – Chemistry
  • Science – Earth & Space Science
  • Science – Environmental Science
  • Science – Physics
  • Social Science*
  • Social Science – Economics
  • Social Science – Geography
  • Social Science – History
  • Social Science – Political Science
  • Social Science – Psychology
  • Social Science – Sociology & Anthropology
  • Technology Education (Industrial Arts)
  • Technology Specialist
  • Theatre/Drama*
  • Visual Arts
  • World Languages

*Middle Grades (5-8) endorsements must include content specific methods coursework within the 18 hour content coursework requirement.​​​​

 Endorsements with Specific Distributions

  • 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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