TITLE 23: EDUCATION AND CULTURAL RESOURCES
SUBTITLE A: EDUCATION
CHAPTER I: STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
SUBCHAPTER b: PERSONNEL
PART 25 EDUCATOR LICENSURE
SECTION 25.100 TEACHING ENDORSEMENTS ON THE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR LICENSE


 

Section 25.100  Teaching Endorsements on the Professional Educator License

 

Beginning July 1, 2013, the structure of teaching endorsements available on the Illinois professional educator license is changed.  Appendix E provides a list of the available endorsements and shows for each endorsement the related endorsements that were previously issued. Any semester hours of credit presented toward fulfillment of the requirements of this Section shall be posted on the candidate's official transcript and may be taken in on-line or electronically-mediated courses, provided that college credit is provided for the coursework by a regionally accredited institution of higher education.  All professional education and content-area coursework that forms part of an application for licensure, endorsement or approval that is received on or after February 1, 2012, must have been passed with a grade no lower than "C" or equivalent in order to be counted towards fulfillment of the applicable requirements. 

 

a)         Content-specific endorsements (e.g., science − biology, social science − economics) shall be required in conjunction with some endorsements, as shown in Appendix E.  Except in the case of foreign language, a licensee shall be authorized to teach all the subjects encompassed by a particular endorsement, regardless of the content-specific endorsement or endorsements received in conjunction with that endorsement.  However, a licensee may not teach honors courses, as these are defined by the employing district, or Advanced Placement courses in a subject for which he or she does not hold the content-specific endorsement.  For example, a secondary science teacher with a content-specific endorsement for science − biology may not teach honors physics or chemistry unless he or she holds a content-specific endorsement in science − physics or science − chemistry.

 

b)         The provisions of subsection (a) do not apply to endorsements in a particular content area available prior to July 1, 2004 that were not exchanged for the endorsement currently available.  Individuals holding these endorsements shall teach only the specific content encompassed by the endorsement issued.  For instance, an individual who holds an endorsement in biology (rather than "sciences" with a content-area endorsement in science − biology) shall teach only biology and no other science content.  An individual who wishes to teach other subjects in the same field or grade levels shall be required to apply for the relevant new endorsement in keeping with Section 21B-40 of the School Code [105 ILCS 5] and meet the applicable requirements of this Section.

 

c)         Endorsements at Time of Issuance of the Professional Educator License

 

1)         Pursuant to Section 21B-25 of the School Code, each professional educator license shall be specifically endorsed by the State Board of Education for each content area and grade-level range for which the holder of the license is qualified to teach and for which application has been made.

 

2)         The professional educator license issued shall be endorsed in keeping with the program completed and the related content-area test passed by the candidate and for any other subject in which the individual:

 

A)        meets the requirements of subsection (d), (f), (g), (h), (i), (j) or (k); or

 

B)        has accumulated 24 semester hours of college credit demonstrably related to the subject area, either as a subset of an approved program at an Illinois institution or from one or more regionally accredited institutions of higher education, with at least 12 semester hours at the upper-division or graduate level, as defined by the institution offering the coursework, and has passed the applicable content-area test.

 

d)         Certain endorsements or content-specific endorsements listed in Appendix E have no corresponding content-area test (see Section 25.710).  The provisions of this subsection (d) shall apply to the issuance of these endorsements and content‑specific endorsements.

 

1)         For an applicant who is receiving an Illinois professional educator license endorsed for a teaching field, the institution that offered the approved program completed by the applicant shall indicate that the applicant has met the standards applicable to the endorsement or the particular content‑specific endorsement, except that the requirements of subsection (k) shall apply to the issuance of endorsements in safety and driver education beginning with applications received on or after February 1, 2012.

 

2)         An applicant prepared out of state, or an applicant who is already licensed in Illinois and is seeking to add a new endorsement or a content-specific endorsement in one of these subjects, other than an endorsement in safety and driver education, shall:

 

A)        present verification from an institution with an approved educator preparation program that he or she is prepared in the area covered by the endorsement or content-specific endorsement sought; or

 

B)        present evidence of completion of 24 semester hours of coursework (subject to further limitations as set forth in this Section) in the area covered by the endorsement or content-specific endorsement sought.

 

3)         An applicant prepared out of state or an applicant who is already licensed in Illinois and is seeking to add a new endorsement in safety and driver education shall be subject to the requirements set forth in subsection (k).

 

e)         Addition of Endorsements to Currently Held Professional Educator Licenses

Individuals seeking to endorse currently held professional educator licenses shall apply for the endorsements, using the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS), and pay the fee required under Section 21B-40 of the School Code.

 

1)         When an applicant qualifies for an endorsement, its issuance shall be reflected on ELIS.

 

2)         An endorsement will be issued for any subject in which the individual:

 

A)        meets the requirements of subsection (d), (f), (g), (h), (i), (j) or (k); or

 

B)        for other content areas not referenced in subsection (e)(2)(A), has accumulated 24 semester hours of college credit demonstrably related to the subject area, either as a subset of an approved program at an Illinois institution or from one or more regionally accredited institutions of higher education (with at least 12 semester hours at the upper-division or graduate level, as defined by the institution offering the coursework, for secondary endorsements) and has passed the applicable content-area test; any coursework to be considered (whether undergraduate or graduate level) shall be posted on the individual's official transcript.

 

f)         Special provisions shall apply to the issuance of endorsements in the sciences and social sciences. The requirements of subsections (f)(1) through (4) relate to endorsements and content-specific endorsements in these fields based on the standards found at 23 Ill. Adm. Code 27.140 through 27.260. (See Appendix E.)

 

1)         An individual seeking to add an endorsement and a content-specific endorsement in either of these fields who does not already hold that endorsement with one of its other available content-specific endorsements shall be required to pass the content-area test for the content-specific endorsement sought and either:

 

A)        be recommended for the endorsement and the content-specific endorsement by an institution with an approved program in the subject area based on having completed coursework sufficient to address the applicable content-area standards; or

 

B)        present evidence of having accumulated 32 semester hours of college coursework in the field, from one or more regionally accredited institutions, that meets the following requirements:

 

i)          at least 12 semester hours of credit must have been earned in the subject area of the content-specific endorsement sought; and

 

ii)         some portion of the coursework completed must have addressed at least two additional content-specific endorsements within the field; and

 

iii)        in the case of the sciences, the coursework completed must have included both biological and physical science.

 

2)         The requirement stated in subsection (f)(1) shall apply whenever an individual seeks to add his or her first endorsement in one of these fields.

 

3)         An individual may receive a subsequent content-specific endorsement in the same field if he or she has:

 

A)        passed the applicable content-area test and completed 12 semester hours of coursework in the subject area of the content-specific endorsement; or

 

B)        completed a major in the content area of the content-specific endorsement.

 

4)         An individual who holds an endorsement in the sciences or social sciences under the structure that was in effect prior to July 1, 2004 may receive an endorsement and a content-specific endorsement in that field under the new structure by passing the content-area test for the content-specific endorsement sought and completing 12 semester hours of coursework in the subject area of the content-specific endorsement. He or she may then qualify for additional content-specific endorsements in the field pursuant to subsection (f)(3).

 

g)         Special provisions shall apply to the issuance of endorsements for reading teachers and reading specialists. A reading teacher is a teacher whose assignment involves teaching reading to students. A reading specialist is a teacher whose assignment involves the provision of technical assistance and/or professional development to other teachers and may also include teaching reading to students.

 

1)         Reading Teacher

This endorsement shall not be issued alone as an individual's first teaching credential. An individual who holds an Illinois professional educator license and who receives an endorsement for some teaching field other than reading shall be eligible to receive this additional endorsement on that license when he or she presents evidence of:

 

A)        having passed the applicable content-area test (i.e., reading teacher or reading specialist) and having been recommended for the endorsement by virtue of completing an approved reading teacher preparation program based on the standards set forth at 23 Ill. Adm. Code 27.110 that requires at least 24 semester hours of graduate or undergraduate coursework in reading (as posted on the individual's official transcript), including a practicum involving clinical experience with two or more students and at two or more grade levels, at an institution that is recognized to offer teacher preparation programs in Illinois; or

 

B)        having passed the applicable content-area test and having completed 24 semester hours of graduate or undergraduate coursework in reading (as posted on the individual's official transcript), including a practicum, at one or more regionally accredited institutions of higher education, provided that all the following areas were addressed:

 

i)          foundations of reading;

 

ii)         content-area reading;

 

iii)        assessment and diagnosis of reading problems;

 

iv)        developmental and remedial reading instruction and support;

 

v)         developmental and remedial materials and resources; and

 

vi)        literature appropriate to students across all grade ranges.

 

2)         Reading Specialist

 

A)        Each candidate for the reading specialist endorsement shall hold an Illinois professional educator license or an educator license with stipulations endorsed for provisional educator. The candidate also shall present evidence of two years of teaching experience either on an educator license in an Illinois school or on a comparable out-of-state certificate or license valid for teaching at any of the grade levels of early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary or special K-12.  Each candidate shall be eligible to receive the reading specialist endorsement on the professional educator license when he or she presents evidence of having completed the teaching experience required under this subsection (g)(2)(A).

 

B)        Each candidate shall hold a master's degree or higher awarded by a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

 

C)        Each candidate shall have completed a K-12 reading specialist preparation program approved pursuant to Subpart C, or a comparable program, as defined in Section 25.425(a), offered out of state, that includes clinical experiences with five or more students at both the elementary (i.e., kindergarten through grade 8) and secondary levels and leads to the issuance of a master's or higher degree, provided that a person who holds one master's degree shall not be required to obtain a second one.  For purposes of the clinical experiences, a candidate shall work with at least one student enrolled in elementary grades and at least one student enrolled in secondary grades and may work with students one on one or in a group.  Each candidate shall have been recommended for the endorsement by the institution offering the program.

 

D)        Each candidate shall be required to pass the content-area test for reading specialist.

 

h)         Special provisions shall apply to endorsements and content-specific endorsements in foreign languages.

 

1)         For individuals who are seeking a professional educator license for the first time, an endorsement for a specific foreign language may be placed on the license when an individual has completed a major area of concentration in the language, totaling 32 semester hours or as otherwise identified by a regionally accredited institution on the individual's official transcript and passed the applicable content-area test.

 

2)         For individuals who currently hold professional educator licenses with at least one endorsement for a foreign language, an endorsement for a different foreign language may be added when an individual has passed the applicable content-area test.

 

3)         For individuals who currently hold professional educator licenses endorsed in teaching fields other than foreign language, an endorsement for a foreign language may be added upon completion of 24 semester hours of college credit in the language, either as an approved program at an Illinois institution or from one or more regionally accredited institutions of higher education, and passage of the applicable content-area test.  The endorsement issued shall be for only the grade levels for which the individual's professional educator license currently is endorsed. This subsection (h)(3) also is applicable to candidates seeking a professional educator license for the first time to be endorsed in a teaching field other than foreign language.

 

4)         Section 25.95 sets forth additional provisions for licensure in foreign languages under specified circumstances.

 

i)          Requirements for Elementary, Middle Grades and Bilingual Education

 

1)         The requirements of Section 25.97, rather than the requirements of this Section, shall apply to credentials and assignments in the elementary grades.

 

2)         The requirements of Section 25.99, rather than the requirements of this Section, shall apply to credentials and assignments in the middle grades, except that Section 25.99 shall be read in conjunction with this Section with respect to reading and library information specialist assignments in the middle grades.

 

3)         The requirements of 23 Ill. Adm. Code 1.780, 1.781 and 1.782, rather than the requirements of this Section, shall apply to credentials and assignments in the areas of bilingual education and English as a Second (New) Language.

 

j)          An additional endorsement for "technology specialist" shall be issued only upon presentation of evidence that the applicant has completed at least 24 semester hours of college coursework demonstrably related to the subject area at one or more regionally accredited institutions of higher education that is aligned to 23 Ill. Adm. Code 27.470 (Technology Specialist), and has passed the relevant content‑area test.

 

k)         An endorsement in safety and driver education shall be issued when the applicant provides evidence of having completed 24 semester hours of college credit in the field, with at least 12 semester hours at the upper-division or graduate level (as posted on the individual's official transcript), as defined by the institution offering the coursework, distributed as follows:

 

1)         3 semester hours in injury prevention or general safety;

 

2)         9 semester hours in driver education that include:

 

A)        Driving task analysis (introduction to driver education);

 

B)        Teaching driver education in the classroom;

 

C)        Teaching the laboratory portion of the driver education course, including on-street teaching under the supervision of a qualified driver education teacher, advanced driver education, and emergency evasive driving maneuvers; and

                                               

3)         12 semester hours chosen from at least four of the following areas:

 

A)        First aid;

 

B)        Psychology of adolescents or young adults;

 

C)        Any safety-related issue relevant to driver education;

 

D)        Advanced driver education in the use of simulation and multiple car programs;

 

E)        Health and wellness;

 

F)         Care and prevention of injuries;

 

G)        Issues related to alcohol or drug abuse; or

 

H)        Driver education for students with disabilities.

                                                             

l)          Special provisions shall apply to the issuance of endorsements for gifted education teachers and gifted education specialists. A gifted education teacher is a teacher whose assignment involves teaching gifted students. A gifted education specialist is a teacher whose assignment involves the provision of technical assistance and/or professional development to other teachers and may also include teaching gifted students.

 

1)         Gifted Education Teacher

This endorsement shall not be issued alone as an individual's first teaching credential.  An individual who holds an Illinois professional educator license endorsed at any of the grade levels of early childhood, elementary, middle, or secondary, or for special teaching, shall be eligible to receive this additional endorsement on that license when he or she presents evidence of:

 

A)        having passed the applicable content-area test and having been entitled for the endorsement by virtue of completing an approved gifted education teacher preparation program that aligns to the standards set forth at 23 Ill. Adm. Code 27.490 (Gifted Education Teacher) that requires at least 24 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate coursework in gifted education at an institution that is recognized to offer teacher preparation programs in Illinois pursuant to Subpart C; or

 

B)        having passed the applicable content-area test and having completed 24 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate coursework in gifted education (as posted on the individual's official transcript), including a practicum, at one or more regionally accredited institutions of higher education, provided that all the following areas were addressed:

 

i)          characteristics of the field of gifted education as it pertains to gifted children, including their cognitive, creative and affective development;

 

ii)         the wide range of ways in which a child is gifted; issues and practices in identifying and serving gifted children; and the manner in which assessment data shape decisions about identification, learning progress and outcomes; and

 

iii)        theoretical and research-based data necessary for the development of programs, curriculum and instructional sequences for gifted children, especially those serving gifted students from diverse populations.

 

2)         Gifted Education Specialist

Each candidate for the gifted education specialist endorsement shall hold a professional educator license endorsed at any of the grade levels of early childhood, elementary, middle or secondary, or for special, and have at least two years of teaching experience on that license, or on a comparable out-of-state certificate or license, involving the education of gifted students.  Each candidate shall be eligible to receive this endorsement on the professional educator license when he or she presents evidence of having completed the required teaching experience.

 

A)        Each candidate shall hold a master's degree or higher degree awarded by a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

 

B)        Each candidate shall have completed a gifted education specialist preparation program for prekindergarten through grade 12 approved pursuant to Subpart C, or a comparable program, as defined in Section 25.425(a), offered out of state, that aligns to the standards set forth at 23 Ill. Adm. Code 27.495 (Gifted Education Specialist).  The program shall include clinical experiences with five or more students in both prekindergarten through grade 8 and grades 9 through 12 and lead to the issuance of a master's or higher degree, provided that a person who holds one master's degree shall not be required to obtain a second one. For purposes of the clinical experiences, a candidate shall work with at least one student enrolled in prekindergarten through grade 8 and at least one student enrolled in grades 9 through 12 and may work with a student one on one or in a group. The clinical experience shall also include coaching or mentoring one or more teachers on the topic of gifted education.  Each candidate shall have been entitled for the endorsement by the institution offering the program.

 

C)        Each candidate shall be required to pass the content-area test for gifted education specialist.

 

D)        An individual who qualifies for the gifted education specialist endorsement may receive the endorsement on his or her professional educator license for assignment in any of prekindergarten through grade 12.

 

m)        Each individual, who is first assigned to teach a particular subject on or after July 1, 2004 based on completion of the minimum requirements for college coursework in that subject that are set forth at 23 Ill. Adm. Code 1.737(b), 1.745(b)(3), or 1.755(c), as applicable, but who has not met the requirements of this Section for an endorsement in that subject area, shall have three years after the date of first assignment to meet those requirements and receive the relevant endorsement.  An individual who does not do so shall become ineligible to teach the subject in question in any subsequent semester, unless he or she later receives the endorsement.

 

(Source:  Amended at 42 Ill. Reg. 8830, effective May 21, 2018)