Teacher Licensure

Professional Educator License (PEL)

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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

Subsequest Endorsements

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. 

How to Add Subsequent Endorsements

 State and IWU requirements:
  • Passing score reports on a Content Test, and Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) posted in personal Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS) account. 
  • Bachelor degree earned through completion of IWU state approved teacher education program with no grade lower than “C-“ in courses required for licensure.
  • Completion of student teaching with minimum grade of B and final evaluation score of 2.81-no category score below “1”.
  • Completion of Educ 498 with a minimum grade of C- (secondary/elementary only)
  • Educational Studies Department recommendation.
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.

Educational Licensure in Other States