Elementary Education Endorsement

Elementary Education Endorsement

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. The Elementary Education endorsement can be added once you hold an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) and can be added at any grade level even if the underlying teaching endorsement on the PEL is a different grade range.

An additional test administered by Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) Elementary Education (305) Content Test must be passed to achieve this endorsement.

Greenville University’s School of Education is accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). 

*This endorsement is NOT offered during our special summer start.

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Are You A Good Fit?
Children’s futures depend on effective teachers in the community. If you’re a caring, committed teacher who is ready to teach in a classroom in grades 1-6, this endorsement would help you achieve your goals.
Career Opportunity

Adding an elementary education endorsement to your initial PEL opens a whole new world of career opportunities. This elementary education endorsement is offered in a convenient online learning element to accommodate a busy schedule.

Course Offering

You can progress toward an elementary education endorsement that will increase your marketability by taking online courses during the fall and spring semesters.

Why GU


Endorsement opportunities. To add teaching areas such as LBSI, music, Spanish, business, and other content areas to a teaching license. 


Deepen your education. We’re a liberal arts school. That means you get a holistic education that introduces you to many subjects and ideas, helping you grow your interests and skills. 


Personalized attention. Experience personal growth and plan your career under the guidance of faculty who know your name and cheer your success. GU’s low 11:1 student/faculty ratio and community atmosphere allow professors to invest in their students, and know your strengths and abilities in the field of social work.

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Elementary Education Endorsement Course Requirements

Endorsement Requirements

Elementary Education (ECE) endorsement is valid only if you currently hold a Professional Education License. The endorsement requires 18 semester hours. The required courses below are offered in an 8 and 16-week online format during our fall and spring semesters. 

  • EDUC 205/503 Early Childhood Development
  • EDUC 340/540 Educational Measurement/Evaluation
  • EDUC 359/559 Teaching Elementary Science & Social Studies
  • EDUC 315/515 Teaching Elementary Reading/Lang/Literacy
  • EDUC 355/555 Teaching Elementary Mathematics
  • EDUC 318/520 Corrective Reading

Visit the Online Catalog for an explanation of graduation requirements.