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Early Childhood Education Program

Teaching Endorsement Requirements

ESL and Bilingual Endorsements

Teacher licensure-seeking students who complete the English as a Second Language concentration, plus additional coursework, are eligible to apply for an ESL endorsement on their Illinois Teaching License. This endorsement qualifies educators to teach in an ESL environment.

Those licensure-seeking students who complete the requirements for the ESL endorsement and also pass a Target Language Proficiency test through the Illinois Licensure Testing System may apply for a Bilingual endorsement on their Illinois Teaching License. This is the highest level of ESL-related endorsements available and allows educators to teach bilingual students in many subjects.

Contact the Illinois State Board of Education or Regional Office of Education to confirm if a particular endorsement can be added to your certificate or license.

Early Childhood Special Education Approval

Upon successful completion of the coursework required for the Special Education concentration, program completers will be eligible for the Early Childhood Special Education Approval to be added to the Professional Educator’s License. The approval enables a teacher to teach in:

  • A self-contained special education early childhood classroom at the Pre-K level (not Kindergarten). Students cannot be older than preschool age if you are teaching in a self-contained special education classroom with the PEL ECE endorsement and the approval.
  • An inclusive special education classroom (Pre-K – 3rd grade*).

Students who choose Kendall’s Illinois Teacher Licensure Preparation (post-baccalaureate) track have the option of taking additional Special Education courses to be eligible to apply for a Special Education approval on their license. More information can be found on the Continuing Education page.

Note: The approval is not the Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement. It will appear in the “approval” section of the ELIS licensure account.  Contact the Illinois State Board of Education for endorsement requirements.

For more information about our B.A. in Early Childhood Education degree program, call +1.888.90.KENDALL.

*New Illinois Grade Range for Early Childhood Endorsement:

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is changing the grade range of the Professional Educator License with Early Childhood endorsement from Birth through Grade 3 to Birth through Grade 2, effective September 1, 2019. Restrictions apply and deadlines have been set by the ISBE for anyone seeking to earn Birth through Grade 3. Contact an Enrollment Advisor for more information.

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