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 NEIU has entitled you. Please, check your ELIS regularly. 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 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Note: Per Executive Order 2020-30 on April 23, 2020: Candidates adding subsequent teaching endorsements, and who complete all requirements except either/both field experience and/or content test, are eligible to receive a non-renewable short-term approval to teach in their field.
What options are available for individuals who completed all necessary coursework for a subsequent teaching endorsement but are unable to complete the required content test due to testing site closures?
Individuals who are currently licensed as a teacher (or are planning to concurrently receive initial licensure at the same time as completing subsequent endorsement requirements) are eligible for a short-term approval if they completed all coursework requirements for the endorsement but are unable to complete required licensure content test due to testing site closures. The short-term approval is not-renewable and allows the individual to be assigned to teach the content in the endorsed area. The application fee for the approval is $50.
During the validity period of the short-term approval, the individual must pass the licensure content test to be eligible for the full endorsement. Prior to receiving the subsequent endorsement, the candidate must either be entitled by an institution of higher education with approved preparation programs or apply through ISBE. Once the entitlement is entered into ELIS or the candidate submits appropriate documentation, candidates must then apply for the endorsement through ELIS.
What options are available for individuals pursuing an ESL or bilingual endorsement who are unable to complete the fieldwork required for the endorsement or the test required for the bilingual endorsement?
Individuals who are currently licensed as a teacher (or are planning to concurrently receive initial licensure at the same time as completing ESL or bilingual endorsement requirements) are eligible for a short-term approval if they completed all coursework requirements for the endorsement but are unable to complete all required fieldwork experience or the required target language proficiency test (only applicable to the bilingual education endorsement). The short-term approval is valid for three fiscal years and not
renewable. The application fee for the approval is $50.
During the three-year validity period, the individual must pass the target language proficiency test and/or complete three months of teaching experience in an ESL or bilingual setting (as applicable to the endorsement sought) to be eligible for the full endorsement. Please note that three months of teaching experience waives fieldwork requirements. Prior to receiving the subsequent endorsement, the candidate must either be entitled by an institution of higher education with approved preparation programs or apply through ISBE. Once the entitlement is entered into ELIS or the candidate submits appropriate documentation, the candidate must apply for the endorsement through ELIS.
How to apply
Please complete the appropriate application available on this page. The Goodwin College will receive new applications until 11:50 p.m. May 5 (Central time). Applications received after this date will not be evaluated.
Candidates who are completing a licensure program (Initial, Post-Bac, TLP or FOCUS) at Northeastern Illinois University 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
email@example.com or turn in your application to the GCOE Dean's office in LWH 4044.
- Middle-Level Endorsement Application (Updated June 18, 2020)
- BLBC, ESL and Foreign Language Endorsement Application
- ESL and Bilingual Courses Matrix (Use this to identify what courses will count for these endorsements.)
- General Endorsement Application
- Reading Teacher Endorsement Application
- Computer Science Endorsement Application
- Courses to meet PEL requirements
- Elementary Education Endorsement Application
The deadlines are as follows:
Term of anticipated program completion
Filing deadline to submit your endorsement application packet
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 to be considered toward the endorsement. The Dean’s office will evaluate these courses and make the final recommendation.
For further questions, please contact your advisor.
Teaching Licensure Requirements in the State of Illinois
Consult with your program advisor about the details on these requirements:
Content Test: Candidates seeking teaching licensure, principal license or endorsement in any education-related area must pass their respective content exam prior to student teaching, practicum or internship. Register for the Test by visiting the Illinois Licensure Testing System.
(Eliminated) A test of basic skills (i.e. TAP, SAT or ACT): Public Act 101-0220 eliminates the basic skills test requirement completely. This bill was signed into law by Governor JB Pritzker and takes effect immediately.
3. edTPA: required during student teaching for the first earn initial license
How to obtain a middle-level endorsement
Declaring a major in Middle-Level Education (Apply through Enrollment Services): Declaring a major in Middle-Level Education with a concentration in one area:
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.
Enrolling in another initial program (Apply through the dean's office): If you are enrolled in an initial program you want to add a middle-level endorsement you need to have 15 credit hours in content coursework-specific to the content area sought + 3 credit hours of content-specific methods + pass a middle grades content test (when available). Please, consult with your advisor and download the middle-level application posted in the section above.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
TLP-SCED and K-12 programs:
Contact Vanessa J. King, LWH 0018, (773) 442-5387, email@example.com.
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]). 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 qualify 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 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
According to the Illinois State Board's rule for Educator Licensure:
Section 27.10 Purpose and Effective Dates: This Part establishes the standards that, together with the standards set forth in Standards for All Illinois Teachers (see 23 Ill. Adm. Code 24), shall apply to the issuance of endorsements in specific teaching fields on a professional educator license pursuant to Article 21B of the School Code [105 ILCS 5]. The standards set forth in this Part shall apply both to candidates for the respective endorsements and to the programs that prepare them.
a) Transition to New Standards
1) Beginning Oct. 1, 2024, approval of any teacher preparation program or course of study in any field covered by this Part 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 Part.
2) This Part also includes the standards from the former Part (prior to the adoption of this new Part) that will continue to apply until Oct. 1, 2024, or, for Section 27.420, until Sept. 1, 2015.
3) Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, no candidate shall be admitted into a program that has not been approved under this Part. Any candidate who is enrolled in a program not approved under this Part shall complete the program on or before Oct. 1, 2024, and be entitled (i.e., receive verification by the candidate's institution of higher education that he/she has completed an approved preparation program and has met the testing and experience requirements for licensure in the specific content area sought) by Oct. 1, 2025.
b) The examinations required for issuance of an endorsement in any field covered by this Part shall be based on the relevant standards set forth in this Part.
c) Beginning Feb. 1, 2018, the standards set forth in Sections 27.100 and 27.130 will be replaced by the standards set forth in Part 21 (Standards for Endorsements in the Middle Grades) both for the approval of any teacher preparation program or course of study in the middle grades and the basis of the examinations required for issuance of an endorsement for teaching literacy (e.g., English language arts) or mathematics in the middle grades.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 complete the Illinois State Board of Education form “Notification of School Support Personnel Intern Eligibility” by following the directions.
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