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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 NEIU has entitled you. Please check your ELIS regularly. The entitlement process takes between four and six 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 at (773) 442-5500, or send an email to coe@neiu.edu. If you apply and register your license, you may have to pay extra for additional endorsements to be entered into your ELIS account.

Entitlement Process (Updated Oct. 26, 2020)
Frequently asked questions about Social Security number (SSN) for licensure
Video that explains the licensure procedure in detail

Entitlement Application for TLP, Focus, Endorsement Only and MAT: Secondary Education Program

Candidates who are ready to be entitled by NEIU Goodwin College of Education will complete this application in consultation with the program advisor. Please, complete this application in the semester you are completing your licensure program. This application is only for candidates completing a licensure (non-degree) program: TLP, Focus, endorsement only and the MAT in Secondary Education program. Complete Application 

The deadlines are as follows:

Term of anticipated program completion and filing deadline to submit an application: 

  • Fall: Nov. 1
  • Summer: Aug. 1
  • Spring: April 1

Add an additional endorsement to your PEL

How to apply

Please complete the appropriate application available on this page. The Goodwin College will receive new applications until 5 p.m. March 1 (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 gcoe-endorsements@neiu.edu 

The deadlines are as follows:

Term of anticipated program completion

Filing deadline to submit your endorsement application packet

  • Fall

  • Spring

  • Summer

  • Sept. 15-Oct. 15

  • Feb. 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 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:

  1. 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. Individuals for whom English is not a primary language may request an extension of testing time, up to one-and-a-half times the standard test session length.Visit the Illinois Licensure Testing Center for more information.

  2. (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.

    Basic Skills Test Elimination as August 2019 Memorandum

         The information available on ISBE's website

    3. edTPA: required during student teaching for the first earn initial license.

   4. A minimum of a B.A.

How to obtain 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 area:

    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. Enrolling in another initial program (Apply through the Dean's Office): If you are enrolled in an initial program and you want to add a middle-level endorsement you need to have 15 credit hours in content coursework-specific to the content area sought plus three credit hours of content-specific methods, and 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, s-condon@neiu.edu.

TLP-SCED and K-12 programs:
Contact Vanessa J. King, LWH 0018, (773) 442-5387, v-king@neiu.edu.

Illinois Code of Ethics

ISBE Updates

Changes in the M.A. in lbs i program as of fall 2020

The Master of Arts in Learning Behavior Specialist Program (M.A., LBS I) Program has changed for incoming candidates as of the Fall 2020 semester. Based on a transition to the national standards timeline in following statewide requirement changes, we have modified our current program sequence for new incoming students. We would like you to anticipate a timely completion of your current program.

We would like to support your successful graduation from your current M.A., LBS I program as soon as possible, but no later than the Spring 2024 semester. Please note that after Spring 2024, you will no longer be able to graduate from your existing program. It will be necessary for you to complete all of your required LBS I Program coursework by May 2024.

So that we can support you in successfully completing your M.A., LBS I-SPED program, I strongly recommend that you meet with Dr. Siker, your LBS I-SPED Program Advisor in order to clarify any questions regarding your “M.A., LBS I Program Phase Out” plan. Candidates who have not met with Dr. Siker by the end of Spring 2021 (this coming spring semester) may have difficulty in completing their programs. We wish you all the best.

Yours truly,

Effie Kritikos, Chairperson

Department of Special Education

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 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.

Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards

The Illinois State Board of Education today adopted new Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards to prepare future educators to teach diverse students. ISBE’s Diverse and Learner Ready Teacher (DLRT) Network developed the standards, which educator preparation programs in colleges and universities will integrate into their course content and field experiences.

The standards support inclusion and equity for students by guiding educators to:

  1. Self-reflect and gain a deeper understanding of how their life experiences affect their perspectives;

  2. Understand that systems in our society create and reinforce inequities;

  3. Learn from and about their students’ cultures, languages, and learning styles to make instruction more meaningful and relevant to their students’ lives;

  4. Value students’ feedback and leadership;

  5. Support and create opportunities for student advocacy;

  6. Develop relationships with families and the community;

  7. Curate the curriculum to include and represent a wide spectrum of identities; and

  8. Ensure the diversity of the student population is represented within the broader learning environment. 

ISBE develops standards for educator preparation programs through the rule-making process. ISBE will submit the Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) for consideration. If JCAR issues no objection, ISBE will file the rules with the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State, at which time they will become effective. Existing educator preparation programs will align their programs to the standards by Oct. 1, 2025. Programs that prepare teachers, school support personnel, and administrators in Illinois will submit evidence to ISBE showing how their course content and field experiences address the standards.

CPDUs: Clock Hours of Professional Development Activity Policy

Please contact the Goodwin College of Education Dean's Office at gcoe@neiu.edu for further information about professional development opportunities. Please read more about how to be approved for CPDUs in our policy. RCDTD Code: 150165405510000

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.

Are you looking to hire new teachers or school support personnel?

School districts interested in hiring new teachers, school counselors, school leaders or principals are welcome to post their available positions in our hiring system. Please complete the registration process in the NEIUHire system

Are you looking for a job?

Please register in the NEIUHire system. School districts are invited to post their job positions in this system. As an NEIU alumnus, you can take advantage of this service.