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MEd Science Education: Endorsements

Students in the MEd Science Education program are eligible to pursue the following endorsements to their teaching license:

High School Content Area Endorsements Heading link

The MEd Science Education program (Strand A) is designed to prepare students who already have an extensive science background (equivalent to an undergraduate degree in a science field) with an Illinois Professional Educator License with endorsements in one or more of the following five content areas:

  • Science: Biology
  • Science: Chemistry
  • Science: Earth and Space Science
  • Science: Environmental Science
  • Science: Physics

Many of our students are eligible to receive two or more of these endorsements upon completing the program. For more information about state licensure requirements, please visit the Illinois State Board of Education website. To speak with program faculty about endorsements, please reach out to Strand A program coordinator, Dr. Daniel Morales-Doyle, at

Middle Grades Science Endorsement Heading link

The MEd Science Education program Strand A requires licensure candidates to pursue their main endorsement in one of the five high school science content areas above. However, by virtue of the content background required for admission and the design of courses in the program, upon completion of the degree candidates may also be entitled to a subsequent Middle Grades Science endorsement by passing the Middle Grades (5-8) Science (203) exam.

Bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsements Heading link

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.

Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) Endorsement Heading link

The LBS1 (Learning Behavior Specialist 1) special education endorsement is for teaching students with a wide range of disabilities in several instructional delivery models that include teaching in inclusionary settings through consultation and collaborative teaching.