Endorsements are credentials added to a Professional Educator License (PEL). An endorsement is a statement appearing on a license that identifies the specific subjects or grade level that the license holder is authorized to teach.

DePaul University’s College of Education offers many programs which fulfill the requirements for specific endorsements that can be added to an individual’s Professional Educator Licensure (PEL).

For example, an individual who holds a Professional Educator License (PEL) in Elementary Education (Self Contained General Education) for grades 1-6 may complete the coursework for the Reading Teacher endorsement in order to be eligible to add it to his or her PEL at the current grade range (1-6).

Please note that the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) may change the State licensure and endorsement requirements at any time and without prior notice. Individuals are bound by the requirements in place when applying for the license or endorsement, not the requirements in place when beginning the program.