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Teacher Licensure: Policies, Information and Entitlements/Endorsements

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Completing your licensure program is the first step in the process. In order to obtain your Professional Educator License (PEL), you must APPLY FOR AND REGISTER your license with the State of Illinois AFTER you have been ENTITLED by Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU). DO NOT APPLY until you receive an email from ELIS stating that you have been entitled. The entitlement process takes between 4 to 6 weeks after grades are due. If you need to expedite your entitlement, see the document called Entitlement Process below.

Candidates who have been entitled by NEIU MUST NOT apply or register their license and endorsement until they are completely sure that the information NEIU has entered is 100 percent accurate and reflects the endorsement application submitted (if any). If you think the information entered in your entitlement is incorrect or incomplete, please DO NOT APPLY -- instead, contact the Dean's Office (773) 442-5500. If you apply and register your license, you may have to pay extra for additional endorsements to be entered into your ELIS account.

Add an additional endorsement to your PEL:

Candidates who are completing a licensure program (Initial, Post-Bac, TLP or FOCUS) at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) and want to add additional endorsements to their PEL must complete an Endorsement Application Form. Please, complete your name, NEIU ID number, IEIN number, and date of birth and print out, scan and send via email attachment with all transcripts attached to or turn in your application to the GCOE Dean's office in LWH 4044.

The deadlines are as follows:

Term of anticipated program

     Filing deadline to submit your
   endorsement application packet

  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • September 15-October 15
  • February 1-March 1
  • June 1-July 1

Candidates must submit their application to the Dean's office in Lech Walesa Hall 4044, along with copies of unofficial transcripts from NEIU and all other colleges and universities attended (attach to the email if submitting by email). Candidates must highlight all classes on the transcripts that they want considered toward the endorsement. The Dean’s office will evaluate these courses and make the final recommendation.

For further questions, please contact your advisor.

How to obtain a middle level endorsement:

There are several ways to earn a middle level endorsement:

  1. Declaring a major in Middle Level Education (Apply through Enrollment Services): Declaring a major in Middle Level Education with a concentration in one or more of these areas:

    1. Social Studies
    2. Language Arts
    3. Science
    4. Mathematics
  2. Enrolling through a Focus Program (Apply through Graduate Admissions): This is a subsequent endorsement program for those who have a Professional Educator License (PEL)  and want to add a middle level endorsement in a content area. This is a non-degree program.
  3. Adding a first middle level endorsement when currently enrolled in a program leading to a PEL in the areas of Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Secondary Education. (Apply through the GCOE Dean’s office): Minimum requirements:
    1. 21 credit hours in content specific to the area of the endorsement (i.e., Social Studies, Mathematics, Language Arts, Science)
    2. Professional education courses 
  • EDFN 319: Psychological Issues in Educational Settings - Adolescent Development (3cr.)
  • MLED 302: Writing Intensive Program: Foundations Of Teaching English Language Arts In Middle Grades (3cr.)
  • MLED 309 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas Middle Grades (1.5cr)*
  • MLED 306: Methods Of Literacy Education In Middle School (3cr.)
  • MLED 328B: Clinical Experience Literacy In Middle Grades (3cr.)
  • MLED 350 or EDFN 350: Philosophy of Curriculum Integration in Middle Grades (3cr.)
  • Course taken depending on Endorsement area (3cr.): MLED 310 (Mathematics) or MLED 305 (Science) or MLED 304 (Social Studies). No additional methods course needed for a Language Arts endorsement. 

*MLED 309: Department will override the ELED 303 co-requisite for Early Childhood and Secondary Education majors who just want to add a middle level endorsement.

    c. Specific Content Area Test in Middle Level: Social Studies (#204), Mathematics (#202), Language Arts (#201), Science (#203)

Complete a Middle Level Endorsement Application, available online

4.  Adding a first middle level endorsement when currently enrolled in a program leading to a PEL in the areas of Special Education,  Physical Education, Visual Arts, or Music (Apply through the GCOE Dean’s Office).

  1. 21 credit hours in content specific to the area of the endorsement (e.g., Art, Dance, Health Education, Language Arts, LBS I, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Geography, Science, Social Science, Theater/Drama)
  2. 3 credit hours in methods course specific to the middle level content area
  3. Specific Content Area Test in middle level: Visual Arts (145), Dance (140), Health Education (142 or 211), LBSI (155), Music (143), Physical Education (144), Geography (113), Drama/Theater Arts (141) Social Studies (204), Mathematics (202), Language Arts (201), Science (203)
  4. General Middle Grades test (Available in Spring 2018): This test is only required for endorsements outside the four core middle grade areas: Mathematics, Science, Social Science & Language Arts. This test can be waived with one year of teaching experience in grades 5-8 or earning a passing score on the Elementary/Middle Grades (110) test.

Complete a Middle Level Endorsement Application, available online.

Entitlement For TLP Candidates:

For bachelor’s degree entitlement, please contact the COE Dean's Office, LWH 4044, (773) 442-5500.
For master’s degree entitlement, please contact your program advisor.

For TLP-ELED candidates:
Contact Sean Condon, LWH 0019, (773) 442-5374,

TLP-SCED and K-12 programs:
Contact Mike Bochnewych, LWH 0018, (773) 442-5387,

Note for Candidates in the Elementary Education (1-6) initial program (undergraduate and graduate): 

In 2013, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) adopted new standards for preparation programs for the elementary education endorsement and created standards for new programs for endorsements in the middle grades. The new elementary programs approved under the new standards are endorsed in grades 1 through 6. 

The Teacher Education Department began admitting candidates into this new Elementary Education program (1-6) in October 2015. Hence, candidates enrolled before October 2015 are considered under the “old” rules and completing the “old” K-9 elementary education program. These candidates completing the K-9 elementary program will be eligible for middle grade endorsements under the “old” rules until Jan. 31, 2018 (per Section 25.37[b][3]). After Jan. 31, 2018, the new requirements go live and at that time everyone outside of those who complete a specific middle school range (5-8) will need to complete either a full or focused program to quality for a middle school endorsement. This timeline will also apply for those in secondary education; PK-21 and K-12 programs that would like to add middle grade endorsements.

Pearson Testing Center Carruthers Center for Inner-City Studies

If you need to pass your content or basic skills (i.e. TAP) test, you can take it at the Carruthers Center for Inner-City Studies. See more information at Pearson Testing Center at Carruthers Center.

Note for Candidates completing the Elementary Education K-9 Program (old program):

According to Section 20.10 [c]

Beginning Oct. 1, 2015, no candidate shall be admitted to an elementary education program that has not been approved under this Part. Any candidate who is enrolled in an elementary program not approved under this Part shall complete the program on or before Sept. 1, 2018, and have the elementary education endorsement issued by Sept. 1, 2019.

This means that candidates in the elementary "old program" most complete the program by Sept. 1, 2018, and endorsement must be issued by Sept. 1, 2019.

NOTE FOR CANDIDATES COMPLETING THE Early Childhood education program b-3 (old program):

According to Section 26.100 Purpose and Effective Dates of Standards in Subpart A

Beginning Sept. 1, 2019, the provisions of Sections 26.120, 26.130 and 26.240 are replaced by Sections 26.125, 26.135 and 26.245 as the standards that, together with the standards set forth in Standards for All Illinois Teachers (23 Ill. Adm. Code 24) and the standards in this Subpart A, shall apply to the issuance of endorsements in early childhood education on professional educator licenses pursuant to Article 21B of the School Code [105 ILCS 5/Art. 21B]. The standards set forth in this Subpart A shall apply both to candidates for an endorsement in early childhood education and to the programs that prepare them.

a)  Approval of any teacher preparation program or course of study in early childhood education pursuant to the State Board's rules for Educator Licensure (23 Ill. Adm. Code 25, Subpart C) shall be based on the congruence of that program's or course's content with the standards identified in this Subpart A.

b)  The examinations required for issuance of an endorsement in early childhood education shall be based on the standards identified in this Subpart A.

c)  Beginning Sept. 1, 2017, no candidate shall be admitted to a program that has not shown alignment to the standards set forth in Sections 26.125, 26.135 and 26.245. Any candidate who is enrolled in an early childhood education program aligned to the standards set forth in Sections 26.120, 26.130 and 26.240 shall complete the program on or before Sept. 1, 2019, and have the early childhood education endorsement issued by Sept. 1, 2020.

note for candidates completing secondary/k-12/special education teacher preparation programs

The programs will begin a redesign following the timeline approved by SPELB:

  • Oct. 1, 2020: No candidate shall be admitted into an "old" secondary or K-12 Program
  • Oct. 1, 2024: All "old" Programs must be completed
  • Oct. 1, 2014: New Program effective by this date
  • Part 27 rules, which include the national standards to which programs must align, have been approved by
    SEPLB and will be reviewed by the State Board at its November 2017 meeting.

CPDUs: Clock Hours of Professional Development Activity Policy

Please contact the Goodwin College of Education Dean's office at for further information about professional development opportunities. Please, read more about how to be approved for CPDUs in our policy.

Intern Approval Procedures for Candidates in the School-Counseling Program

School Counseling Students who are interested to be evaluated for an "intern approval” must completed the Illinois State Board of Education form “Notification of School Support Personnel Intern Eligibility” by following the directions.


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