Teacher Leader Endorsement*
The Teacher Leader Endorsement for the State of Illinois requires the completion of eight courses (equivalent to a 24-semester-hour program of study), to include five core courses, one research course, one advocacy course and one elective course. The endorsement program is designed to align course outcomes with the national Teacher Leader Model Standards.
Teachers must have a master’s degree to have the endorsement applied to their license. Teachers must also currently hold a full-time classroom teaching position and be licensed to teach in Illinois.
Teachers must complete all five core courses (15-semester-hours):
Teachers must choose and complete one of the following research courses (3-semester hours):
Teachers must choose and complete one of the following advocacy courses (3-semester hours):
Teachers must choose one elective course (3-semester hours or more). Electives can be chosen from any course in the M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership program or students may choose to take an additional research or advocacy course.
All teachers earning the Teacher Leader Endorsement who want to add the endorsement to their educator license should contact the Elmhurst College Department of Education Licensure Officer.
*Please note: The teacher leader endorsement has been approved by the State of Illinois to begin Fall 2013.
Special Education Endorsement (LBS1)
The Special Education endorsement for the State of Illinois may be earned through a 4- to 5-course sequence. The endorsement may be added to an Illinois early childhood, elementary, secondary, or special license, except for teachers with the K-12 special education licenses. The endorsement requires the equivalent of 15 semester hours, however, an introduction to special education methods course may be substituted for one of the graduate courses. The State of Illinois Learning Behavior Specialist 1 exam (#155) is required for this endorsement.
The ESL endorsement for the State of Illinois may be earned by combining undergraduate and graduate course work in ELL. The approval may be earned on an Illinois early childhood, elementary, secondary, or special certificate, if the teacher has completed 18 semester hours of graduate or undergraduate course work, including documentation of 100 hours of experience in ESL classrooms. Teachers must currently hold a full-time classroom teaching position and be licensed to teach in Illinois.
The ESL Endorsement requires the completion of five core courses:
All teachers earning the ESL endorsement who want to add the endorsement to their teaching certificate should contact the Elmhurst College Department of Education Certification Officer. To see course options, visit Course Offerings.
*Please note: The ESL endorsement is being revised for Fall 2014. Graduate students planning to earn this endorsement will be advised to sequence courses during the transition. In addition, the bilingual endorsement coursework is expected to be available to graduate students in 2015.
Middle Level Approval*
The following Course Offerings are required for Middle Level Approval.
*Please note: The Middle Level Approval in the state of Illinois has been proposed to end in 2017.