Endorsements may be added to an Illinois educator license when educators meet specific coursework and testing requirements. Two new endorsements relative to gifted education are described in
Illinois Administrative Rule 25.100 (l): Gifted Education Teacher Endorsement and Gifted Education Specialist Endorsement.
The Gifted Education Teacher endorsement may be used to provide instruction in a gifted education program, while the Gifted Education Specialist endorsement may be used to provide instruction to students and provide both technical assistance and professional development to other educators. Educators are not required to have a gifted education endorsement to teach gifted and accelerated programming. For additional information on endorsements, please visit the Educator Licensure page.