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Subsequent Certificates

Once a candidate has earned a Type 03, 04, 09, or 10 certificate, he or she may become eligible for an additional or subsequent teaching certificate by completing a "focused certification program."  Typically, focused programs are shorter, or more focused, than the programs required of candidates seeking initial teaching certificates.  The state guidelines for earning subsequent or additional teaching certificates are available at  Please note that all relevant state exams must be passed in order to earn certification through a focused program.


Roosevelt University’s College of Education offers focused programs in:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Special Education
  • Secondary Education (in the areas of Math, Biology, Chemistry, English, History, and Business)

Please note that focused programs do NOT lead to a master's degree in the area or discipline of the subsequent certificate.  Successful completion of a focused program will result ONLY in the College of Education's recommendation for a subsequent teaching certificate.


To earn admission to a focused program at Roosevelt University, applicants must prepare and submit a portfolio of documents in addition to completing an online application through the Roosevelt University application (on application, select your program and in the comments section, indicate “Focused Program” ). Portfolios must include all of the elements listed below:

  1. A cover letter explaining what additional certificate is desired and why, as well as experiences that the candidate has had working with children in the subsequent or additional certification area.  The cover letter also should describe clearly the current employment status of the candidate, the previous teaching positions and grade levels that have been taught, and any limitations that the candidate may face with respect to the completion of observation and/or student teaching requirements.

  2. A copy of a valid Type 03, 04, 09, or 10 Illinois teaching certificate and documentation that all required state exams have been passed (documentation may be obtained from the ISBE website at

  3. Official transcripts that document all of the coursework that was required to earn the initial teaching certificate.

  4. A resume that clearly provides contact information and a chronology of education and work experiences.

  5. Letter(s) from principal(s) or supervisor(s) who can attest to the position, years, and grade level teaching experiences of the applicant.

Upon receipt of a complete portfolio, the appropriate program faculty will conduct a transcript and portfolio evaluation for the purpose of determining admission to the focused program, and the required sequence of study and field and clinical experiences.  Although the focused program is likely to be shorter than the initial program, applicants should not expect a waiver of all field experiences and student teaching unless they present evidence of 5 years of teaching experience on their initial certificate.  

Decisions about admission, required courses, and field and clinical experiences will be made on the basis of a thorough review of each applicant’s qualifications and experiences.  Decisions will be communicated to applicants within 30 days of the receipt of a complete portfolio.

After making a copy of your portfolio, please mail or deliver it to:

Roosevelt University
College of Education, Focused Program
Attention: Laura Lag
1400 North Roosevelt Boulevard, Room 517
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4348

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