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ANNOUNCING SUMMER ENDORSEMENTS FOR TEACHERS

 

Experienced teachers can acquire additional credentials by obtaining endorsements this summer! An endorsement can help you advance or transition to a new career!

Complete a teaching endorsement in just one summer! Or complete coursework toward a new endorsement! GU's research-based courses offer a supportive learning environment, ideal for career growth. They can be standalone or applied to degrees and endorsements.

GU offers endorsements or courses toward endorsements in Driver Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle Grades Coursework, Middle Grades Language Arts, Special Education, and Teaching English as a Second Language

Why a teaching endorsement is right for you!

Experienced teachers can acquire additional credentials by obtaining endorsements. 

  • Classes are offered 100% online 
  • Transfer credits are considered
  • Various semester options to work with your busy schedule 

An endorsement can help you advance or transition to a new career!

 

GU’s summer program works for you and your busy schedule

  • 8-week summer courses are offered 100% online!  
  • Convenient online format that goes where you go!
  • Transfer credits are considered 

Make the most of your summer 

  • Enhance your credentials
  • Expand your skillset
  • Boost your earning power

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Continuing Education Curriculum and Endorsements

Program description will clearly state when the program is offered and whether you can complete a full endorsement or coursework toward an endorsement with the Summer Endorsements for Teachers. 

Program Degree Type Field of Study
Driver Education Endorsement Featured Program Driver Education Endorsement Continuing Education Endorsement Education

Enhance your teaching skills and add to your income with online courses in Driver's Education this summer from Greenville University. GU’s eight weeks of online classes with a new summer start date puts you on the fast track to full Driver Education endorsement in Illinois.

Early Childhood Education Endorsement Featured Program Early Childhood Education Endorsement Continuing Education Endorsement Education

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) endorsement is for candidates who have earned an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) and want to be able to teach children from birth to age 8.

Elementary Education Endorsement Featured Program Elementary Education Endorsement Continuing Education Endorsement Education

The Elementary Education endorsement is for candidates who have earned an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) and want to be able to teach from first grade to sixth grade.

Middle Grades Coursework Featured Program Middle Grades Coursework Continuing Education Endorsement Education

Two continuing education classes are offered in a convenient online format for educators seeking a middle school endorsement.

Middle Grades Language Arts Endorsement Featured Program Middle Grades Language Arts Endorsement Continuing Education Endorsement Education

Get your middle grades language arts endorsement at GU.

Special Education Endorsement Featured Program Special Education Endorsement Continuing Education Endorsement Education

This convenient summer program prepares educators to teach special education by earning the Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS1) endorsement.

Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement Featured Program Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement Continuing Education Endorsement Education

Greenville University's ESL program provides online courses to prepare you to teach English to individuals of whom English is not their primary language. You will also complete 100 hours of field experience needed to meet Illinois State Board of Education requirements for ESL approval/endorsement.

What is the pricing for the summer endorsement courses?

All endorsement courses are billed at the cost of $500 per credit with the exception of Drivers Education which is $550.

How many courses are in each of the endorsements offered?

We offer full coursework for the following endorsements: TESL, Elementary Education, Early Childhood, LBS1 and Driver’s Education. (check the program links to see which coursework is offered during the summer months)

How many courses are in each of the endorsements offered?

We offer methods courses for the middle grades endorsements towards math, science, social science, and English Language Arts.

Every course GU offers toward endorsements is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). There are content exams for all endorsements except for Driver’s Education. ISBE issues content exams that must be passed to complete the endorsements. If students feel they have completed courses toward the endorsement, they may apply for the endorsement with ISBE. ISBE will then review their transcripts and issue a deficiency letter stating what the student must take to complete the endorsement.

What are the credits and number of classes for each endorsement offered?

  • Driver’s Education – 6 classes for 18 total credits
  • Teaching English as a Second Language – 6 classes for 18 total credit hours plus 100 field hours in TESL. TESL does not require a content area test. The content area test can be found ILTS https://www.il.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_Tests.html. Once the students pass the content area test- ILTS sends passing scores to ISBE.
  • Elementary Education – 6 classes for 19 credits / plus field experience required.
  • Early Childhood Education – 5 classes for 18 credits / plus field experience required.
  • Middle Grades coursework – Each methods course is 3 credits toward the total 18 credits required.
  • Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) – 3 classes for 9 credit hours. The prerequisite of an exceptional child course must be met to complete the endorsement.

Do I need my professional educator license (PEL)?

Yes. To add an endorsement in Illinois, you will need to have your PEL already.

Are field hours required?

Yes. For certain courses within the endorsement, you may be required to complete field hours in your content area, via video or in-person. Please check with our endorsement specialist for more details.

Is there financial aid available for summer endorsement coursework?

Students need to be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours in one semester to apply for financial aid. Students are also welcome to set up a payment plan with student accounts.

Will GU assist me in finding a place for field experience or practicum if it is required as part of my coursework?

Yes, GU does assist with field experience and can answer any questions you have in that regard.

Do I need to pass a content test after I complete the coursework?

Yes. Please speak with the endorsement specialist for more information and a review of ISBE requirements.

Does GU provide information on testing for the endorsement?

All the endorsements GU offers coursework for does require a content exam, except for the Driver’s Education endorsement. This exam is administered directly by ISBE. Your faculty can assist you in discovering when and where to obtain the content exam.

Must I attend a lecture at a certain time each week

Courses are fully online and are asynchronous. That means there are no regular meeting times or zoom calls. You work toward deadlines, but you work at your own pace and when it is most convenient for you.

Do these courses count towards a master’s degree?

Yes. Many of our endorsement students choose to continue and complete the Master of Arts in Education. Our academic advisors at GU can explain how your coursework will satisfy graduate degree requirements.

Will a professor work with me if I’m on vacation or traveling?

The format for our online classes makes this typically a non-issue. You can work ahead if needed to accommodate for vacation or travel. If a need arises that would cause you a delay in your work, simply communicate with your instructor.

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