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Illinois Licensure, Endorsement, and Approval Requirements Specific Endorsement Requirements effective 2/1/2012

Adding a New Endorsement to an Existing Illinois License
If you currently hold a PEL and have completed a state approved program to add a new administrative, school support personnel, or teaching endorsement, click the specific endorsement below to see the requirements. Please note two exceptions to the requirements listed for each area:
1. If you have already passed the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP 400), a previous Illinois test of basic skills, or achieved the required composite score on the ACT Plus Writing or SAT, you are not required to pass the test again if your previous test scores were used for the issuance of a previous Illinois license, OR used for admittance into an Illinois preparation program, OR are less than ten years old at the time you begin student teaching or the second semester of your internship.

2. Since you already hold a professional educator license, you are not required to complete coursework in special education methods, ESL/bilingual methods, reading methods, or reading in the content area.

To add a primary content endorsement, you must already hold an early childhood education (birth-grade 3), elementary education (K-9), or special (K-12 or PK-21) endorsement on your license.
If you hold a license endorsed for early childhood education, the primary endorsement grade range is Birth- Grade 3.
If you hold a license endorsed for elementary education or special (K-12 or PK-21) education, the primary endorsement grade range is K-4.
To add a middle school content endorsement, you must already hold an elementary education (K-9), secondary education (9-12), or special (K-12 or PK-21) endorsement on your license.
Note: All middle school endorsements require six semester hours of middle school professional education coursework in addition to the content requirements listed below.
If you hold a license endorsed for elementary education, special teaching K-12, or special education PK-21, the middle school grade range is grades 5-8.
If you hold a license endorsed for secondary education, the middle school grade range is grades 6-8.
To add a senior high school content endorsement, you must already hold an elementary education (K-9), secondary education (9-12), or special (K-12 or PK-21) endorsement on your license. If you only hold an elementary education (K-9) endorsement, the senior high content endorsement will be valid for 9th grade only.
All senior high endorsements are valid for grades 9-12.



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