The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) issues educator credentials in the State of Illinois. Individuals must fulfill specific requirements in order to receive an educator license from ISBE. One of those requirements is the completion of an ISBE approved program. DePaul University’s College of Education has many ISBE approved programs which lead to the Professional Educator Licensure (PEL).

Individuals who successfully complete an ISBE approved program leading to a PEL will also receive an endorsement in the education area and grade range in which he or she studied. For example, an individual completing the Elementary Education program will be eligible to receive the Professional Educator License (PEL) with the Elementary Education (Self Contained General Education) endorsement for grades 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.