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The College of Education offers endorsement only options for students who already hold an initial teaching or school service personnel license. Successful completion of the endorsement coursework fulfills the State of Illinois requirements and prepares students to take the accompanying licensure exams.

Effective until December 31, 2018, Roosevelt will waive all fees and provide Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers with a 57% reduction in tuition on courses that count toward the LBS I and Bilingual endorsements. CPS teachers will pay only $360 per credit hour for the 18 credit-hour Bilingual endorsement and the 11 credit-hour LBS I endorsement.

This partnership provides CPS teachers with such benefits as instruction from top Roosevelt faculty, workplace opportunities to complete field experiences and a variety of options for course enrollment, including online, off-campus and intensive formats. Completers of the LBS I and Bilingual endorsements can also apply their coursework toward a graduate degree from Roosevelt’s College of Education.

For more information, visit roosevelt.edu/cps-endorsements or call the Director of Graduate Enrollment, Angela Ryan, at 312-341-2420.

Bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement

Online

Are you looking for new strategies to empower your English language learners to write, read and speak with power and precision? Do you want to lead the creation of a more inclusive learning environment in your classroom and school?

Enrollment in Roosevelt's Bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses will show you how to enhance the learning of English language learners. Experienced instructors like Tammy Oberg De La Garza and Jennifer Langer will enhance your understanding of language development, and how to advocate for language diversity. Upon the completion of all of the requirements listed below, you will be eligible to add either the Bilingual or English as a Second Language Endorsement to your Illinois Professional Educator License.

Effective until December 31, 2018, Roosevelt will waive all fees and provide CPS teachers with a 57% tuition reduction on the courses that count toward the Bilingual/ESL endorsement.  CPS teachers pay only $360 a credit hour for these courses.  The Bilingual/ESL endorsement requires 18 credit hours, and therefore the total cost of the endorsement for CPS teachers is $6,480. This is the total cost of this non-degree program.

Required Courses

Two graduate courses are offered concurrently each semester. All online courses are 12 weeks in duration.

TERM COURSES

Fall READ 468: Foundations of Bilingual and ESL Education (10-30 clinical hours)
  READ 475: Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL (10-25 clinical hours)

Spring 
READ 473: Assessment of Bilingual Students (10-25 clinical hours)
  READ 474: Methods and Materials for Teaching Bilingual Students (10-20 clinical hours)

Summer READ 458: Linguistics for ESL Teachers
  READ 476: Cross-Cultural Studies for Teaching Limited English Proficient Students (10-20 clinical hours)

Clinical Hours

It is a state requirement that students complete 100 clinical hours in bilingual or ESL settings. Individual courses have variable clinical hours associated with them to meet these requirements (see table above). Students may choose to complete any number of hours within the specified range for each course, but it is the student's responsibility to have a total of 100 clinical hours completed and verified by the end of the sequence of six courses. Click here for more information about field placements and the completion of clinical hours.

Some clinical hours can be waived with a letter from a school principal verifying three months of full-time, successful teaching experience in the area for which the student is seeking endorsement.

    Additional State Requirements

    Students seeking the Bilingual Endorsement must also pass a state language examination. Students planning to pursue this endorsement are encouraged to take the target language proficiency examination as soon as possible as they will not be able to receive an endorsement from the state without passing it. The ESL Endorsement does not require a language test. Please visit https://www.il.nesinc.com/ for more information.

    Apply Now

    Follow these steps to apply for graduate admission and to register for courses. You can start your coursework in the fall, spring, or summer semester.

    • If you would like to apply your bilingual/ESL courses toward a graduate degree, complete the online application for admission to graduate programs.  A completed application for admission is required of all students.  Apply for admission to the MA degree in Reading or the MA degree in Teaching and Learning, and indicate that you are interested in the Bilingual/ESL concentration.

    • If you plan to take only the bilingual/ESL courses, and do not intend to earn a graduate degree, complete and submit an Application for Graduate Students-At-Large. Indicate on the form that you are interested in the Bilingual/ESL endorsement. The completed application should be submitted by email to Laura Lag at llag@roosevelt.edu or by postal mail to Laura Lag, Assistant Dean, College of Education, Roosevelt University, 430 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605.

    • All applicants should send an official transcript from the institution of higher education that provided you with your most recent academic degree.  No other transcripts are required.  Address your official transcript to:

    Roosevelt University
    Office of Admission
    1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd. 
    Schaumburg, IL 60173

    Tuition and Financial Support

    The standard costs for tuition are listed on Roosevelt's tuition and fees page. Students enrolled in the Reading and Teaching and Learning MA degree programs are eligible for the online program tuition rate. 

    Scholarships for early childhood teachers are available at http://ilgateways.com/en/scholarship-and-assistance.  Qualified applicants may also apply for financial aid through the Roosevelt University Office of Financial Aid.

    Questions?

    Middle School Endorsement

    Middle school endorsements can be earned by current students already enrolled in or admitted to degree programs at Roosevelt University, or by licensed teachers who have not yet applied for admission.  If you already are an RU student, your advisor will be able to enroll you in the appropriate courses.  If you are a licensed teacher and you are NOT already an RU student, you can take courses as a graduate student at large, or as a graduate student in the Teaching & Learning MA Program, with a concentration in Middle School Education. 

    Course Requirements

    Endorsements at the middle grades level require 18 semester hours of coursework in the endorsement areas. In addition, all middle grades teachers must take coursework in adolescent development and middle school curriculum and instruction.

    Questions?

    Please contact Laura Lag, Assistant Dean of Student Services, at 312-853-4753 or send your question or comment to llag@roosevelt.edu

    Special Education LBS1 Endorsement Courses

    Chicago Campus and Online

    Roosevelt University specializes in preparing teachers to teach children with exceptional learning needs within the LBS1 spectrum. The addition of an LBS1 endorsement to a teaching license is very useful for teachers who are teaching or seek employment in districts that utilize a model of inclusion for students with disabilities.

    Effective until December 31, 2018, Roosevelt will waive all fees and provide CPS teachers with a 57% tuition reduction on the courses that count toward the LBS1 endorsement.  CPS teachers pay only $360 a credit hour for these courses.  A typical LBS1 endorsement is 11 credit hours, or $3,960.  This is the total cost of this non-degree program.

    All of the requirements to obtain an LBS1 endorsement from the State of Illinois can be completed during the summer semester, or over the duration of the academic year. During the summer semester, all LBS1 endorsement courses are offered either in a 1-week, intensive format, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online in a semester long format. During the fall and spring semesters, courses are offered online. Both undergraduates and graduate students may enroll in these courses.

    LBS1 Endorsement Course Requirements

    Two core courses are required:

    • SPED 319/419, Survey of Exceptional Children (3 credit hours)
    • SPED 340/440, Assessment in Special Education (3 credit hours)

    Two other four credit hour courses are required. Students must choose one course from Category A below, and one course from Category B.

    Category A
    • SPED 342/442: Characteristics and Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities: Cognitive Disabilities (20 field hours)
    • SPED 345/445: Characteristics and Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities: Physical Disabilities and Other Health Impairments (20 field hours)
    Category B
    • SPED 343/443: Characteristics and Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities: Behavior Problems (20 field hours)
    • SPED 346/446: Characteristics and Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities: Perception and Other Specific Learning Disabilities (20 field hours)

    Field Experiences

    Each methods course requires the completion of the field hours listed above. Veteran teachers can have their field experience waived with evidence of teaching experience in classrooms with students who have exceptional learning needs. All field hours must be completed during the semester in which the courses are offered.

    Additional State Requirements

    Students seeking the LBS1 Endorsement also must pass the LBS1 content test (#155). Please visit https://www.il.nesinc.com for more information and to register for the test.

    Apply Now

    If you are a student at Roosevelt University, no application is necessary. Simply contact your advisor.

    If you are not already a student at Roosevelt University, please follow these steps to apply for admission and register for courses. You can start your coursework in the fall, spring, or summer semester.

    • If you would like to apply your LSB1 courses toward a graduate degree, complete the online application for admission to graduate programs. A completed application for admission is required or all students. Apply for admission to the MA degree in Second Language Special Education or the MA degree in Teaching and Learning.
    • If you plan to take only the LBS1 courses, and do not intend to earn a graduate degree, complete and submit an Application for Graduate Students-At-Large. Indicate on the form that you are interested in the LBS1 Endorsement. The completed application should be submitted by email to Laura Lag at llag@roosevelt.edu or by postal mail to Laura Lag, Assistant Dean, College of Education, Roosevelt University, 430 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605
    • All applicants should send an official transcript from the institution of higher education that provided you with your most recent academic degree. No other transcripts are required. Address your official transcript to:

    Roosevelt University 
    Office of Admission 
    1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd. 
    Schaumburg, IL 60173

    Tuition and Financial Support

    Please visit Roosevelt's tuition and fees page for more information about current tuition costs and fees.

    Qualified applicants can also apply for financial aid through the Roosevelt University Office of Financial Aid.

    Questions?

    Teacher Leader Endorsement

    Schaumburg Campus

    The Teacher Leader Endorsement is designed for experienced teachers who wish to increase the quality of their leadership, as well as their teaching and learning practices.  It provides a pathway for teachers to move into department chair positions and leadership roles other than those of principal and assistant principal; to build competencies leading to the improvement of student learning; and to participate in shared leadership and decision-making to maximize outcomes for all children.

    Roosevelt’s teacher leader program is offered in partnership with three elementary and two high school districts in the northwest Chicago suburbs. Representatives from these districts work hand-in-hand with Roosevelt faculty to admit candidates, deliver training and instruction, and assess outcomes.  A subsidiary partnership with the national non-profit organization Kids At Hope (KAH) also is a distinctive feature of the program. KAH’s Train The Trainer Certificate is built into the core coursework, and will enhance your ability to foster the belief that “all children are capable of success—No Exceptions.”

    Course and Licensure Requirements

    Roosevelt’s Teacher Leader Endorsement Program requires 24 semester hours of coursework. The first six courses, or 18 semester hours, are the core courses in the Instructional Leadership MA degree program.  This unique approach enables candidates for the teacher leader and principal endorsements to collaborate with one another on the design and assessment of various activities focused on the improvement of student learning. A practicum that supports the design and delivery of a teacher leadership project culminates the program.  

    To earn the endorsement at the end of the 24 semester hours, you must already possess an MA degree.  If you do not have an MA degree at the time of admission, you just need two more electives to complete the MA in Instructional Leadership. 

    Apply Now For Fall Admission!

    Roosevelt is looking for enthusiastic, dedicated educators who have two years of teaching experience and strong leadership qualities.  Follow the steps below to apply for admission.  Note: To ensure admission, all required documents must be submitted by August 1.

    1. preliminary screening form must be submitted by all applicants in order to enroll in this program.  Click on the link to complete this form.
    2. After filling out the preliminary screening form, applicants who already have an MA degree should complete and submit the Application for Graduate Students-At-Large. Indicate on the form that you are interested in the Teacher Leader Endorsement. The completed application should be submitted by email to Laura Lag at llag@roosevelt.edu, or by regular mail to Laura Lag, Assistant Dean, College of Education, Roosevelt University, 430 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605. An official undergraduate or graduate transcript also must be submitted by email or regular mail to Laura Lag. 
    3. If you are interested in earning the teacher leader endorsement as part of an MA degree program, an application for graduate admission must be submitted.  Indicate that you are applying for the MA degree in Instructional Leadership.  An official undergraduate or graduate transcript also must be submitted by email or regular mail as part of your application.

    Once all required documents have been received, they will be reviewed in a timely manner. If you are accepted for admission, you will be notified about what you need to do to register for courses. 

    Questions?

    Please contact Laura Lag, Assistant Dean of Student Services, at 312-853-4753 or send your question or comment to llag@roosevelt.edu

    Subsequent Endorsements

    Once a candidate has earned a Professional Educator License (PEL), he or she can earn an additional grade level endorsement by completing a "focused program." Typically, focused programs are shorter, or more focused, than the programs required of candidates seeking a Professional Educator License. The state guidelines for earning subsequent grade level endorsements at www.isbe.net/rules (reference section 25.37). Please note that all relevant state exams must be passed in order to earn a subsequent endorsement through a focused program.

    Endorsements

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

      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 endorsement.  However, candidates may earn an MA in our Teaching and Learning program.  Please contact Laura Lag at llag@roosevelt.edu to learn more about this option.

      Admission

      To earn admission to a focused program at Roosevelt University, applicants must prepare and submit a portfolio of documents. Portfolios must include all of the elements listed below:

      1. A cover letter explaining what additional endorsement is desired and why, as well as experiences that the candidate has had working with children in the subsequent or additional endorsement 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 has with respect to the completion of observation and/or student teaching requirements.
      2. A copy of a valid Illinois State Professional Educator License (PEL) and documentation that all required state exams have been passed (documentation may be obtained from the ISBE website at www.isbe.net/ELIS/default.htm).
      3. Official transcripts that document all of the coursework that was required to earn the Professional Educator License.
      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 Professional Educator License.

      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.

      All portfolios should be submitted to the following address:

      Roosevelt University
      College of Education, Focused Program
      Attention: Laura Lag
      430 South Michigan Avenue Room GB 802
      Chicago, IL 60605

      Questions?

      Please contact Laura Lag, Assistant Dean of Student Services, at 312-853-4753 or send your question or comments to llag@roosevelt.edu.

      Early Childhood Special Education

      Students enrolled in the MA in Teaching and Learning Program may obtain deeper knowledge about early childhood special education through enrollment in an 18 credit hour concentration on the Chicago campus.  An early childhood special education approval may be earned through the completion of all or part of this concentration. 

      The following four courses (12 credit hours) are required to earn the concentration and the approval. The approval also may be earned by graduate students-at-large who are not enrolled in the degree program.  

      1. ECHD 405, Assessment in Early Childhood Education 
      2. ECHD 409, Child, Family, and Community 
      3. ECHD 434, Language Development 
      4. ECHD 482, Early Childhood Special Education Methods 

      A three credit hour (1 course) elective in Special Education also is required for this MA degree concentration.  Please consult the advisor below for more information.

      The capstone course for this concentration is TLED 480, Inquiry in the Classroom.  It is offered online during the summer semester.

      Questions?

      Please contact the College of Education Dean's office at 312-853-4754 for more information.