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Teacher Licensure

Professional Educator License (PEL)

The state of Illinois issues a Professional Educator License (PEL) endorsed in the area and grade level of the program completed. The PEL is valid for five years.

IWU Teaching Programs

IWU offers programs that lead to a Professional Educator License endorsed in the following teaching fields:

  • Grades 1-6: Elementary Education
  • Grades 9-12: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (biology, physics) and Social Science (history)
  • Grades PK-12: World Languages (Spanish); Music education

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 endorsement and PEL serve as a foundation to which any subsequent endorsement can be added. 

*****Please note if transferring any courses that count for endorsements (initial and subsequent), the Assistant Director of Teacher Licensure will need official copies of all transcripts*****email -


 State and IWU requirements:
Licensure Application:

Licensure Application

IWU teacher education candidates are recommended for licensure after meeting state and IWU requirements. Candidates apply for and register the Professional Educator License through their ELIS account.

Guidelines for Licensure outside of Illinois