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Subsequent Teaching Endorsement

Currently licensed (PEL) teachers looking to change their grade level can earn an additional teaching endorsement in another area, including Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary or World Language Education.

This program is typically eligible for financial aid. Please see this document and consult your advisor in the COE.

Requirements

The State Board of Education authorizes higher education institutions with approved teacher preparation programs to offer subsequent teaching endorsement programs. Under the rules for licensure and assignment of educational staff, subsequent teaching endorsements are earned through passage of all relevant tests and completion of either a full or "focused" licensure program offered by an institution of higher education.

DePaul offers subsequent teaching endorsement programs in the following areas of teacher education:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Secondary Education (English, Math, Science, History, Social Science, Visual Arts)
  • World Languages Education (K-12)
  • Special Education (LBS1)

Each institution is expected to provide candidates with information about how to apply for such an endorsement program and how, in the case of focused programs, the institution will determine what prior coursework and experience can be counted toward the requirements for the subsequent teaching endorsement. Candidates who complete a full or focused subsequent teaching endorsement program will be recommended for the endorsement by entitlement. The following is a summary of the policies on focused programs at DePaul University.

General Policies

  • These are endorsement-only programs and do not lead to a degree. However, degree options are available, and candidates could subsequently apply to the appropriate degree program.
  • All courses must be taken at DePaul; no transfer credit is allowed.
  • General education courses and additional tests may be required as dictated by licensure requirements.
  • Accepted candidates are admitted to the T&L or LSI subsequent teaching endorsement program and upon admission have advanced standing (no additional requirements for admission to the Unit).
  • Accepted candidates will initially meet with a program faculty member, and subsequently with a College of Education advisor, who will review all credentials and determine a program that prepares the candidate to meet the teacher preparation standards for the teaching endorsement desired and that meets the minimum requirements (as outlined below).
  • These focused programs are subject to change during the course of the program. If assessments of the candidate's performance suggest that the program plan should have additional requirements, the program will be modified accordingly.
  • Accepted candidates will be required to complete student teaching at the grade level and/or content area in which the teaching endorsement is sought OR complete an intensive internship that will include extended contact hours with students at the grade level in which the license is sought and will include a demonstration of teaching proficiency at this grade level. The candidate’s faculty advisor will determine the nature of the internship.

Admission Requirements

If you hold a valid teaching license in the state of Illinois, you may enroll in a program designed to help you obtain a subsequent license in the following areas: early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, world languages education, and special education.

In order to be considered for admission for a Subsequent Teaching Endorsement, you must hold bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and hold a valid teaching license. To apply, please submit a completed application as specified by the admission requirements for the teaching and learning program or the special education for licensed teachers program. In addition to the standard application materials, you must also submit a valid Illinois teaching license and a letter from your school principal providing evidence of prior teaching experience and teaching performance. (If you are currently not employed as a teacher, then other evidence of prior teaching experience must be provided.) In addition, evidence of having passed the Illinois Basic Skills/TAP Test must be submitted by the end of the first quarter of completed course work.

In addition to the standard requirements for admission to graduate programs, candidates must submit:

  • Valid Illinois teaching license
  • A letter from candidate’s School Principal giving evidence of prior teaching experience and teaching performance (If the candidate is currently not employed as a teacher, then other evidence of prior teaching experience must be provided).
  • Evidence of having passed the Illinois TAP Test. *If a waiver was granted for this test by ISBE due to the candidate holding a license in another state or if a candidate does not have evidence of having passed the test, the candidate must provide evidence of passing before the end of her or his first quarter at DPU.

Subsequent Teaching Endorsement Requirements for the Following Programs are Provided Below

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education (English, Math, Science, History, Social Science, Visual Arts)
  • World Languages Education (K-12)
  • Special Education (LBS1)

Besides meeting the following requirements, each program completer is expected to demonstrate the appropriate professional dispositions. A list of those dispositions are provided below.

Subsequent Teaching Endorsement Requirements for Early Childhood Education

Accepted candidates will initially meet with a member of the program faculty and subsequently with a College of Education advisor who will review all credentials and determine a program that prepares the candidate to meet the teacher preparation standards for the endorsement desired and that meets the following minimum requirements:

Course Requirements

Based on evaluation results; students will complete a minimum of 6 courses. The following list is an example of possible courses:

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select one of the following Social and Cultural Foundations courses:4
SCG 408
EDUCATION AND SOCIETY
SCG 409
SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION
SCG 411
PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
T&L 431EARLY LANGUAGE AND LITERACY DEVELOPMENT4
Select one of the following options:6
T&L 411
T&L 481
ASSESSMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD INCLUSIVE SETTINGS
and INTERNSHIP IN PRESCHOOL SETTING (75 CLOCK HOURS OF SUPERVISED EXPERIENCE)
Or a 4 qh Practicum and one internship experience course (6 qh total)
Select one of the following options:6
T&L 432
T&L 482
EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM STRATEGIES AND PHILOSOPHY (BIRTH-8)
and INTERNSHIP IN PRIMARY SETTING (75 CLOCK HOURS OF SUPERVISED EXPERIENCE)
Or a 4 qh Practicum and one internship experience course (6 qh total)
Select one of the following:4
T&L 423
FUNCTIONAL BEHAVIOR ASSESSMENT: INTERVENTION AND SUPPORT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD
T&L 410
CHILDREN'S LITERATURE AND FAMILY LITERACY
T&L 421
CHILD AND FAMILY IN THE URBAN COMMUNITY
T&L 420MATH AND SCIENCE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD4
T&L 427YOUNG EXCEPTIONAL CHILD: METHODS AND CHARACTERISTICS4
BBE 466FIRST AND SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION4

Student Teaching or Internship Requirements (to Be Determined by Faculty Advisor)

  • 12 weeks of student teaching in early childhood education  (T&L 595)
    or 1 candidate-specific internship, as defined by faculty advisor (T&L 615, Research and Internship in Education)

Licensure Requirements

  • Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
  • Early Childhood Content Area Test

Subsequent Teaching Endorsement Requirements for Elementary Education

Accepted candidates will initially meet with a member of the program faculty and subsequently with a College of Education advisor who will review all credentials and determine a program that prepares the candidate to meet the teacher preparation standards for the endorsement desired and that meets the following minimum requirements:

Course Requirements

​​​​​Based on evaluation results; students will complete a minimum of 6 courses. The following list is an example of possible courses:

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select one of the following Social and Cultural Foundations courses:4
SCG 408
EDUCATION AND SOCIETY (Social and Cultural Foundations)
SCG 409
SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION
SCG 411
PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
T&L 412EMERGING READING AND LANGUAGE ARTS4
T&L 413READING/LANGUAGE ARTS IN THE INTERMEDIATE GRADES4
T&L 415TEACHING AND LEARNING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SCIENCE4
T&L 416TEACHING AND LEARNING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS4
T&L 419CURRICULUM AND STRATEGIES: SOCIAL STUDIES4
T&L 422CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT4
BBE 466FIRST AND SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION4
BBE 474READING AND ELLS4
BBE 402BILINGUAL-BICULTURAL PROGRAM DESIGN AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT4
BBE 510SPECIAL TOPICS IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION AND CULTURE4
SER 430INTRODUCTION TO READING ASSESSMENT4
SER 431FOUNDATIONS OF LITERACY: ASSESSMENT AND INSTRUCTION I4
SER 433ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSTIC TEACHING OF READING4

Student Teaching or Internship Requirements (to Be Determined by Faculty Advisor)

  • 10 weeks of student teaching in elementary education (T&L 585
    or 1 candidate-specific internship, as defined by faculty advisor (T&L 615, Research and Internship in Education)

Licensure Requirements

  • Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
  • Elementary Education Content Area Test

Subsequent Teacher Endorsement Requirements for Middle Grades Education

Accepted candidates will initially meet with a member of the program faculty and subsequently with a College of Education advisor who will review all credentials and determine a program that prepares the candidate to meet the teacher preparation standards for the endorsement desired and that meets the following minimum requirements:

Course Requirements

Based on evaluation results; students will complete a minimum of six 4-credit hour courses (plus supervised field experience where required). The following list is an example of possible courses:

Course Title Quarter Hours
MGE 400INTRODUCTION TO MIDDLE GRADES EDUCATION4
SCG 435YOUNG ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT IN CONTEXT4
MGE 401LITERACY IN THE MIDDLE GRADES CONTENT AREAS I4
BBE 450ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN THE MIDDLE GRADES4
MGE 411SUPERVISED FIELD EXPERIENCE1
MGE 421THE WHOLE CHILD: CONCEPTIONS OF HEALTHY YOUNG ADOLESCENCE4
MGE 431SUPERVISED FIELD EXPERIENCE1
SER 487FOUNDATIONS OF LITERACY AND SPECIAL EDUCATION FOR THE MIDDLE GRADES4
MGE 441CURRICULAR LITERACY IN THE MIDDLE GRADES CONTENT AREAS II4
CSL 477SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING IN THE MIDDLE GRADES4
MGE 451ASSESSMENT PRACTICES IN THE MIDDLE GRADES4
MGE 461SUPERVISED FIELD EXPERIENCE1
Content concentration options:4
MGE 471
THE TEACHING OF MATHEMATICS IN THE MIDDLE GRADES
MGE 472
THE TEACHING OF LANGUAGE ARTS IN THE MIDDLE GRADES
MGE 473
THE TEACHING OF SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE MIDDLE GRADES
MGE 474
THE TEACHING OF SCIENCE IN THE MIDDLE GRADES
MGE 481SUPERVISED FIELD EXPERIENCE1

Content Area Requirements

A minimum of 32-quarter (24 semester) hours is required for each subject area the candidate intends to teach. A program faculty member will evaluate and identify deficiencies in the content area. Middle Grades content area deficiencies may be taken at the undergraduate level and may require courses in addition to the minimum requirements above.

Students who are interested in completing an endorsement in a content area other than English, Math, Science, or Social Science should meet with a program faculty member to identify the viability of completing that endorsement.

Student Teaching or Internship Requirements (to Be Determined by Faculty Advisor)

  • 10 weeks of student teaching in middle grades education (MGE 590)
    or 1 candidate-specific internship, as defined by faculty advisor (Research and Internship in Education)

Licensure Requirements

  • Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
  • The two content Area Tests (e.g., English, Math, Science, and Social Science) for the two content areas for which you will be endorsed to teach.

Subsequent Teaching Endorsement Requirements for Secondary Education

Accepted candidates will initially meet with a member of the program faculty and subsequently with a College of Education advisor who will review all credentials and determine a program that prepares the candidate to meet the teacher preparation standards for the endorsement desired and that meets the following minimum requirements:

Course Requirements

​Based on evaluation results; students will complete a minimum of 6 courses. The following list is an example of possible courses:

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select one of the following Social and Cultural Foundations courses:4
SCG 408
EDUCATION AND SOCIETY
SCG 409
SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION
SCG 411
PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
T&L 525READING, WRITING, AND COMMUNICATING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM4
BBE 501TEACHING ADOLESCENT ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS AND DIALECT SPEAKERS ACROSS THE CURRICULUM4
TCH 495ASSESSMENT ISSUES IN SECONDARY EDUCATION4
Select Content area theory & practice courses:4-12
English
TCH 421
INQUIRY & APPLICATION IN DEVELOPING SECONDARY ENGLISH PEDAGOGY
TCH 471
TEACHING ENGLISH IN THE HIGH SCHOOL 1
TCH 481
TEACHING ENGLISH IN THE HIGH SCHOOL 2
Math
TCH 423
INQUIRY & APPLICATION IN DEVELOPING SECONDARY MATHEMATICS PEDAGOGY
TCH 473
TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE HIGH SCHOOL 1
TCH 483
TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE HIGH SCHOOL 2
Science
TCH 424
INQUIRY & APPLICATION IN DEVELOPING SECONDARY SCIENCE PEDAGOGY
TCH 474
TEACHING THE SCIENCES IN THE HIGH SCHOOL 1
TCH 484
TEACHING THE SCIENCES IN THE HIGH SCHOOL 2
History/Social Science
TCH 422
INQUIRY & APPLICATION IN DEVELOPING SECONDARY HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCES PEDAGOGY
TCH 472
TEACHING HISTORY AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES IN THE HIGH SCHOOL 1
TCH 482
TEACHING HISTORY AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES IN THE HIGH SCHOOL 2
Visual Arts
T&L 465
ART AND PEDAGOGY
T&L 466
TEACHER AS ARTIST
Graduate level content area courses Arts and Sciences 4

Content Area Requirements

A minimum of 32 semester hours (48 quarter hours) is required in the subject area the candidate intends to teach. Deficiencies in the content area will be evaluated by program faculty. Secondary content area deficiencies may be taken at the undergraduate level and may require courses in addition to the minimum requirements above.

Student Teaching or Internship Requirements (to be determined by faculty advisor)

  • 10 weeks of student teaching in secondary education (T&L 590)
    or 1 candidate-specific internship, as defined by faculty advisor (T&L 615, Research and Internship in Education)

Licensure Requirements

  • Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
  • English, Math, Science, Social Science or Visual Arts Content Area Test

Subsequent Teaching Endorsement Requirements for World Language Education

Accepted candidates will initially meet with a member of the program faculty and subsequently with a College of Education advisor who will review all credentials and determine a program that prepares the candidate to meet the teacher preparation standards for the endorsement desired and that meets the following minimum requirements:

Course Requirements

Based on evaluation results; students will complete a minimum of 6 courses. The following list is an example of possible courses:

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select one of the following Social and Cultural Foundations courses:4
SCG 408
EDUCATION AND SOCIETY
SCG 409
SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION
SCG 411
PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
T&L 525READING, WRITING, AND COMMUNICATING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM4
BBE 560SECOND, WORLD AND HERITAGE LANGUAGE ACQUISITION K-124
T&L 421CHILD AND FAMILY IN THE URBAN COMMUNITY4
T&L 449STANDARD AND CONTENT-BASED METHODS OF TEACHING WORLD LANGUAGES K-124
BBE 570SECOND & WORLD LANGUAGE LITERACIES AND CULTURES4
BBE 466FIRST AND SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION4
BBE 476BILITERACY PRACTICES: SECONDARY/ADULT4
BBE 402BILINGUAL-BICULTURAL PROGRAM DESIGN AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT4
BBE 510SPECIAL TOPICS IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION AND CULTURE4
Graduate level content courses in the world language to be taught 4

Content Area Requirements

A minimum of 32 semester hours (48 quarter hours) is required in the world language the candidate intends to teach. Deficiencies in the content area will be evaluated by program faculty. World language content area deficiencies may be taken at the undergraduate level and may require courses in addition to the minimum requirements below:

Student Teaching or Internship Requirements (to Be Determined by Faculty Advisor)

  • 10 weeks of student teaching in world language education (T&L 592)
    or 1 candidate-specific internship, as defined by faculty advisor (T&L 615)

Licensure Requirements

  • Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
  • ACTFL Oral Language Proficiency Interview Or DePaul Oral Language Proficiency Exam (Spanish only)
  • Foreign Language Content Area Test

Dispositions

The academic programs within the College of Education have set forth these dispositions as educational and professional expectations for all students. Students should be aware that failing to abide by DePaul University or College of Education policies including, under certain circumstances, these dispositions, could result in adverse consequences for the student, including removal from his or her program, the College of Education, or the University.

  • Reflects on progress and identifies strengths and weaknesses, including evaluating strategies for success, finding alternatives for inappropriate strategies, and modifying future practices
  • Is receptive to faculty feedback and acts meaningfully and professionally upon suggestions.
  • Values critical thinking, including engaging theoretical and philosophical frameworks and shows evidence of critical thinking through discussion and writing (e.g., journals, response to prompts)
  • Understands the importance of and is committed to communicating clearly orally and in writing both in traditional and in new and emerging digital formats
  • Values and is committed to continually developing strong content area knowledge and/or knowledge of the professional field, including pedagogical content knowledge
  • Takes initiative, uses imagination and creativity, and seeks out information using a variety of human and material resources and technology to inform his or her teaching
  • Is aware of the role of classroom environment and uses management procedures that reflect respect and care for learners and concern for their emotional and physical well being
  • Takes the time and effort needed to understand how students learn, including discovering their interests and experiences and determining how to shape teaching acts (using technology as appropriate) that engage learners meaningfully and actively
  • Values and is committed to using assessment to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of the learner
  • Respects and considers cultural contexts in order to determine how to be responsive to learners and to proactively promote all students' learning
  • Values and is responsive to diverse learners' academic, emotional, and social needs through teaching acts (including careful instructional planning, implementation, and differentiation) and through everyday interactions with students
  • Is committed to collaboration with colleagues, families, and communities in order to promote all students' learning and development
  • Recognizes and fulfills professional responsibilities and habits of conduct (e.g., dress, language, preparedness, attendance, punctuality, etc.)
  • Demonstrates collegiality, honesty, good judgment, courtesy, respect, and diplomacy
  • Balances self-confidence and assertiveness with respect for others' perspectives
  • Respects the requirements, expectations, and procedures of both the College of Education and of our field partners and appreciates the issues of trust, fairness, and professionalism involved

Subsequent Teaching Endorsement Requirements for Special Education (LBS1)

Accepted candidates will initially meet with a member of the program faculty and subsequently with a College of Education advisor who will review all credentials and determine a program that prepares the candidate to meet the teacher preparation standards for the endorsement desired and that meets the following minimum requirements:

Course Requirements

Course Title Quarter Hours
SER 402INSTRUCTION AND DIFFERENTIATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION4
SER 403CLASSROOM AND BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION4
SER 405TEACHING LITERACY TO EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS4
SER 409TEACHING STUDENTS WITH SIGNIFICANT DISABILITIES4
SER 410TEACHING MATHEMATICS TO EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS4
SER 421FORMAL ASSESSMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION4
SER 440SURVEY OF EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS: PSYCHOLOGY AND EDUCATION4
SER 457SEMINAR AND RESEARCH IN SPECIAL EDUCATION4

Practicum Requirements

Course Title Quarter Hours
SER 552PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE WITH HIGH INCIDENCE DISABILITIES4
SER 553PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE WITH LOW INCIDENCE DISABILITIES4

Licensure Requirements

  • General Education Content for Special Educators (#155)
  • Special Education Content Area Test (#163)

Dispositions

The academic programs within the College of Education have set forth these dispositions as educational and professional expectations for all students. Students should be aware that failing to abide by DePaul University or College of Education policies including, under certain circumstances, these dispositions, could result in adverse consequences for the student, including removal from his or her program, the College of Education, or the University.

  • Is receptive to faculty feedback and acts meaningfully and professionally upon suggestions
  • Reflects on his or her own progress, identifies strengths and weaknesses, and evaluates strategies for success and professional growth
  • Takes initiative
  • Is open to new ideas and engagement in learning
  • Respects diversity and cultural contexts to determine how to be responsive to learners and to proactively promote all students' learning
  • Expresses positive attitudes toward individuals with disabilities and a willingness to advocate on their behalf
  • Is committed to collaboration with colleagues, families, and communities in order to promote all students' learning and development
  • Demonstrates professional ethical and legal behavior as defined by the respective codes of ethics and laws
  • Demonstrates consistent professional behavior across all academic settings
  • Maintains appropriate interpersonal and professional boundaries
  • Accepts personal responsibility for one's behavior
  • Expresses feelings and opinions effectively and appropriately
  • Upholds confidentiality

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