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Intended for those who already have a Professional Educator License (PEL). Upon completion of one of our Focus Programs, you will meet current state of Illinois standards for a second endorsement in the area of Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education. 

FOCUS Program Descriptions and Requirements in the Teacher Education Department

  • B.A. degree with 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale)
  • Valid State of Illinois Professional Educator License

For more information, please speak with one of our advisors:

Bilingual Education Focus Program                                                                                                      Dr. Maria Teresa Garretón, m-garreton@neiu.edu(773) 442-5364

Early Childhood Education Focus Program
(Program under revision; not currently accepting new students.) 

Elementary Education Focus Program
Dr. Hector Morales, h-morales3@neiu.edu, (773) 442-5376

Middle Level Education Focus Program                                                                                                Dr. Hector Morales, h-morales3@neiu.edu, (773) 442-5376

Focus Programs in Other Areas*

  • Reading Teacher Endorsement (PK-12)
  • Special Education LBS I (PK-21)
  • Special Education LBS II (Behavioral Intervention Specialist and Curriculum Adaptation Specialist)
  • Teacher Leader Endorsement
  • Secondary Education Focus Program
  • Health Education Focus Program
  • Physical Education Focus Program
  • Art (K-12) Focus Program
  • School Counselor Focus Program

*(Consult with the appropriate department by calling (773) 442-5500 or send an email to gcoe@neiu.edu.)