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Subsequent Teaching Endorsements

Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, Secondary and Special Education

Earn a Subsequent Teaching Endorsement by attaining teaching skills in one of these high-demand areas:

  • Early Childhood Education (birth–grade 2)
  • Elementary Education (grades 1–6)
  • Middle Grades Education (grades 5–8)
  • Secondary Education (grades 9–12, Foreign Language grades K–12)
  • Special Education (LBS I)

Subsequent Teaching Endorsements are designed for those holding an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) and are looking to obtain additional content specialization, expand career options and increase salary levels.

The National College of Education at NLU has a long-standing reputation for its education programs. Since 1886, NLU has trained thousands of teachers and administrators and continues to graduate the majority of winners honored by Illinois’ two Golden Apple Foundations with one of the most prestigious teaching and leadership honors in the state. Our instructors bring both academic skills and their extensive leadership experience to the classroom, which brings unique depth to the advanced programs in education.

The National Louis University National College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

All of NLU's courses meet the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) standards for the subsequent teaching endorsement in Special Education.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be admitted to take the first course? [+]

No. You may take the first course prior to admission, BUT you must have an application and all official transcripts on file with the University. Prior to the first course, candidates will interview with a faculty advisor.

Upon submission of a completed application and all official undergraduate and graduate transcripts, your credentials will be evaluated to determine whether you have met this content area requirement. Please allow two weeks for your transcript evaluation to be completed. Those seeking an Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education endorsement are required to have specific general education coursework classes completed as well. This is not an admission requirement and can be completed during the program.

What are the admission criteria? [+]

Applicants must meet the same admission requirements as those established for NCE’s Master of Teaching programs and have an active Illinois PEL. In addition, the following are required:
• Resume
• Interview with a faculty advisor

Qualified applicants will be admitted as non-degree seeking students.

Are there any other ISBE tests that I will need? [+]

You must have a passing score report for the Content Area Test for the subsequent teaching endorsement area on file with the Office of Field Experiences prior to beginning the practicum class. Foreign Language candidates will also be required to take the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) exam.

Can I receive financial aid? [+]

To be eligible for financial aid, you must be enrolled in a minimum of three semester hours each term.

How long will it take to complete the program? [+]

The amount of time will vary depending on your educational background and experience.

For early childhood education, elementary education, and special education, you have the option to complete a transcript evaluation or complete a portfolio course. The course option (Portfolio Development for Subsequent Teaching Endorsement) will evaluate your educational background with regard to institutional, state and national standards. In this course, you will develop an individual electronic professional portfolio and professional development plan to complete the requirements for a subsequent teaching endorsement in one of the three areas. Additional coursework is determined upon portfolio review.

How many courses will I need to take? [+]

Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Special Education: Candidates have the option to complete a transcript evaluation or complete a portfolio course. In the portfolio course, it will be determined which additional courses or experiences you must satisfy to be prepared for the practicum course. The practicum course will be the culminating experience for Subsequent Teaching Endorsement leading to recommendation for the desired subsequent teaching endorsement. The semester hours of the practicum course will vary depending on a pre-practicum review of your background and teaching experience.

Middle Grades Education (MGE) and Secondary Education (SEC): Candidates will take the appropriate methods course for their content area and a practicum course. MGE candidates take two additional courses specific to the teaching of young adolescents. Any additional courses will be determined by transcript review. MGE candidates need 21sh in their content area. SEC candidates need 32sh in their content area.

How will I find practicum placements? [+]

Candidates already teaching in the grade range they are seeking licensure in may complete the practicum in their current classroom. For those without a placement, NLU's office of field experience will assist in the placement process. However, it is expected that each student be proactive in finding practicum placements appropriate for their unique situation.

If you are already a student at NLU, you can apply for practicum placement by clicking here.
You will need to enter your NLU portal username and password on the following page.

Will I be able to continue with my current teaching position when I am doing a practicum? [+]

Each candidate is unique and the answer depends on the amount of practicum experience needed to teach in their new endorsement area.

Can the graduate level coursework be applied to a master's degree? [+]

Yes, with the assistance of an enrollment specialist, graduates may apply the graduate level courses to an M.Ed.

For more information connect with an Enrollment Specialist or Apply Today for Free.


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