Endorsements & Certifications

The College of Education offers endorsements and certifications available to both students in degree programs and non-degree students enrolled through UIC Continuing Education.  Please visit the endorsement pages for information on applications, requirements and contacts.

Bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement

The Bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsements are for undergraduate or graduate students who are pursuing, or who have earned, an Illinois Professional Educator License. The endorsements enable students to teach in a Bilingual and/or English as a Second Language setting. Graduate students do not need to be admitted to a degree program to take the required courses.

Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement

This endorsement qualifies teachers with a Professional Educator License to teach children with disabilities from birth to age 5, and qualifies teachers with an LBS I certificate to teach children with special needs, ages 3 through 5.  Open to degree and non-degree students.

Educational Research Methodology (ERM) Online Certification

The ERM online certificate, offered through the Department of Educational Psychology, provides opportunities for domestic and international students to upgrade their educational research skills without enrolling in a masters or doctoral program.  Available only to non-degree students.

Learning Behavior Specialist II Endorsements

The Department of Special Education offers coursework leading to a Learning Behavior Specialist II certificate for special education teachers who have an Illinois Learning Behavior Specialist 1 certificate and who seek to develop specialized knowledge and skills.  Endorsements can be earned through the MEd Special Education program or as a non-degree student through UIC Continuing Education.

Middle School Endorsement

The College of Education offers courses that lead to a Middle School Endorsement for current undergraduate and graduate students in licensure programs. An individual who is already licensed must be a current UIC student or must take the courses as a non-degree student through the Office of Continuing Education.

Reading Teacher Endorsement

Students in the MEd Language, Literacies and Learning program, either pursuing licensure or already with a Professional Educator License, can earn this Illinois endorsement to become qualified as a subject-level expert.

Reading Specialist Endorsement

Students in the MEd Language, Literacies and Learning program who are licensed teachers with two years’ teaching experience are eligible for this Illinois endorsement, for qualification as having deep expertise across all reading areas, including with children with special education needs.