Endorsement Programs

Endorsement Programs

  1. Licensed educator interested in an endorsement in the same age range in which they are currently licensed to teach would take courses as a certified teacher at large (TCCT) or a general at large student (GSAL). The endorsements available to them can be found at the ISBE website at the following link. http://www.isbe.net/licensure/requirements/endsmt_struct.pdf
    Attached are worksheets for the most commonly requested endorsements. General information regarding the most popular endorsements is also available on the Licensure Services page of the COE at the following link http://www.csu.edu/collegeofeducation/LFP/Licensure/endorsements.htm

    Educators are advised to contact ISBE to be evaluated for the endorsement in which they are interested. Licensure counselors do not evaluate educators for endorsements in the same age range because the university (Licensure Officer) does not entitle these endorsements. ISBE issues educators a "letter of deficiency" which indicates the areas and/or number of semester hours the educator needs in order to be eligible for the endorsement. CSU uses the letter of deficiency to guide the educator toward courses that should meet the requirements listed and assists licensed educators with any high school or K-12 endorsements in the same age range including...

    Driver Education
    Health Education*
    Physical Education*
    Art *
    Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, )**
    Social Science (History, Geography)**
    English/Language Arts* Mathematics***
    Foreign Language: Spanish****
    Business Education*
    Technology Education*
    Family Consumer Sciences*
    Music*

    The university does not issue these students any certificate, degree or endorsement. The student submits transcripts to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and ISBE adds the endorsement to the educator’s credentials once all requirements are met.

    * Middle school endorsement requires 18 semester hours in the subject. ISBE does not require specific courses or course areas. High School endorsements require 24 semester hours (12 semester hours of upper division and/or graduate) and the indicated content area test.
    ** Middle school endorsement requires 18 semester hours in the subject. High School endorsements require 32 semester hours total with specific designations or categories and the required content area test.
    *** Requirements list specific courses or course categories for middle grade endorsements. High School endorsements require 24 semester hours (12 semester hours of upper division and/or graduate) and the indicated content area test.
    **** If educator is already endorsed in one language, another language can be added by passing the appropriate foreign language test. If this is the first language, 24 semester hours of coursework must be completed along with the appropriate foreign language test.
  2. Licensed educators (elementary, early childhood) interested in being endorsed in a high school or K-12 subject for the first time must complete a focused program also known as a program for Subsequent Endorsement in a New Age Range. These students have a major code, curriculum sheet. The major codes for the non-degree (endorsement only) options of the program are TCFK and TCFS. This program is also available as a Master's of Arts in Teaching program with the endorsement in the new age group. These students are coded as KSEC or SECD. We have Subsequent Endorsement in a New Age Range programs available in the following ISBE approved areas...

    Physical Education*
    Art *
    Science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics, )**
    Social Science (History, or Geography)**
    English/Language Arts**
    Mathematics**
    Foreign Language: Spanish*
    Business Education***
    Technology Education (formerly Industrial Arts)***
    Family Consumer Sciences***
    Music* *

    K-12 endorsement
    ** 6-12 endorsement
    ***Currently unavailable
  3. Current or prospective students with an interest in an endorsement on their future license may contact the licensure counselor with questions about ISBE requirements.

    Driver Education
    Health Education*
    Physical Education*
    Art *
    Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)**
    Social Science (History, Geography)**
    English/Language Arts* Mathematics***
    Foreign Language: Spanish****
    Business Education*
    Technology Education*
    Family Consumer Sciences*
    Music*

    The Licensure Officer can notify ISBE that the student is eligible for the endorsement in addition to the endorsement tied to their license via entitlement if all requirements for the additional endorsement are met before the student completes their licensure program. If any deficiencies remain for the additional endorsement, the student would fall into category 1. above and return once they are a licensed educator. At that point, the educator submits transcripts to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and ISBE would add the endorsement to the educator’s credentials once all requirements are met. When the Licensure Officer notifies ISBE that a candidate has completed an educator program and is eligible for entitlement, he/she can also notify ISBE of additional endorsements for which the candidate is eligible.

    *Middle school endorsement requires 18 semester hours in the subject. ISBE does not require specific courses or course areas. High School endorsements require 24 semester hours (12 semester hours of upper division and/or graduate) and the indicated content area test.
    **Middle school endorsement requires 18 semester hours in the subject. High School endorsements require 32 semester hours total with specific designations or categories and the required content area test.
    ***Requirements list specific courses or course categories for middle grade endorsements. High School endorsements require 24 semester hours (12 semester hours of upper division and/or graduate) and the indicated content area test.
    ****If educator is already endorsed in one language, another language can be added by passing the appropriate foreign language test. If this is the first language, 24 semester hours of coursework must be completed along with the appropriate foreign language test.