National Louis University offers a broad range of options for students looking to add expertise beyond their degree and expand their career opportunities.
NLU offers coursework that may lead to endorsements on the Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL)*. An endorsement is a permanent addition to a PEL that permits a practicing teacher, administrator or school service professional to work in an additional content area. Please note that you must have at least a bachelor's degree to take graduate-level work.
Students may earn endorsements as part of the following graduate, certificate, advanced study and doctoral programs:
- M.Ed. and C.A.S. Administration and Supervision (Principal)
- M.S. in Counseling (School)
- Ed.D. Educational Leadership (Superintendent)
- M.Ed., M.S.Ed., and C.A.S. Reading
- Ed.D. and Ed.S. School Psychology
- M.Ed. and C.A.S. Special Education
- M.Ed. Specialized Endorsements (LBS I, Reading Teacher, Bilingual/ESL)
- M.Ed and M.S.Ed. Technology in Education
The below endorsements can be earned as a stand-alone series of courses at NLU or as additions to a degree program:
- Bilingual Education
- Director of Special Education
- Early Childhood Special Education
- English as a Second Language
- LBS I
- LBS II
- Library Information Specialist
- Reading Teacher
- School Counselor
Additional endorsements, similar to the old subsequent certifications, are also available as stand-alone programs for the following levels:
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education
- Secondary Education
- Special Education
- Superintendent Endorsement
Application rules and requirements vary for each program at NLU. Contact an enrollment specialist at 888.NLU.TODAY (658.8632) or online to receive program and registration information.
*Please note: The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) may change the state licensure and endorsement requirements at any time and without prior notice. Teacher candidates will be bound by the requirements in place when applying for licensure, not by the licensure requirements in place when beginning their program. That is, the state may specify that a new regulation is immediately applicable to all candidates with no provisions made for candidates who began their work on licensure under different regulations.