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.
Science and Social Science Exception:
- Individuals who hold a PEL in any senior high science or social science may add additional
senior high endorsements in the same subject (i.e., science or social science) by
completing 12 semester hours of content specific coursework (grade of C- or better)
OR by passing the applicable content area test.
List of ISBE Initial and Subsequent Endorsements
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
Middle Grade Endorsement (5-8)
Reading Teacher Endorsement (PK-12)
Transitional Bilingual Educator Endorsement (PK-12)
Additional Endorsement information
How to Add Endorsements
See ISBE for most up-to-date information about Endorsements.