An endorsement is a teaching field indicated on a Professional Educator License (PEL).
The initial endorsement will be the major field of study in which one completes an
approved program. The initial PEL serves as a foundation to which any teaching endorsement
can be added.
Subsequent content area endorsements can be added at any grade level even if the underlying
teaching endorsement on the PEL is a different grade range.
In general, subsequent endorsements require:
- 18 hours of 100 level coursework from a regionally accredited college or university.
*Some content area endorsements require specific coursework defined by ISBE.
- A passing score on the appropriate content test.
- Grade of C- or higher in endorsement coursework.
The IWU Assistant Director of Teacher Licensure can add subsequent endorsements to
the initial PEL at the time of graduation, or after graduation when requested.
Commonly Held Endorsements
Physical Education Endorsement and/or Minor (K-12)
Reading Teacher Endorsement (PK-12)
Middle Grade Endorsement (5-8)
Transitional Bilingual Educator Endorsement (PK-12)
Additional Endorsement information
How to Add Endorsements
See ISBE for most up-to-date information about Endorsements.