Certification and Endorsement Information for the Illinois State Board of Education
The Education Department at Trinity hopes that we have equipped you well for excellent service and also encouraged you to keep growing in the profession. To that end we hope you are taking additional coursework that leads to a graduate degree or coursework leading to endorsements which you can add to your certificate. While Trinity can not have a role in adding endorsements to a certificate once an individual is certified, we offer you the following assistance.
All information for adding endorsements can be found on the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) web site (www.isbe.net). Since navigating the ISBE web site can be a challenge we have developed a sheet of direct links which will help you find what you need. We would encourage you to navigate and become familiar with the Certification Page which has everything you might need on it regarding your teaching certificate (http://www.isbe.net/certification/). The Experienced Teachers link (about half way down the page) will lead you to a page of information and many resources. The resource column has specific information about endorsements.
Regulations are quite specific for adding endorsements. Some endorsements require particular courses and some require tests. We recommend you read the Endorsement Requirements for Subjects and Requirements for Assignment page which is linked on the resource column on the right or is linked here: http://www.isbe.net/certification/requirements/endorsement_assignment.htm.
Once you have completed what you believe are the requirements, you can contact Trinity’s Certification Officer or go to the Regional Office of Education (ROE) to add endorsements. If you go to the ROE, you will be required to submit a paper application together with the required documentation through your respective Regional Office of Education or if you are residing out of state or in the city of Chicago, directly by mail to the Certification Division in Springfield. You should bring the following items with you:
- Transcripts showing coursework taken in the desired endorsement area.
- A completed APPLICATION FOR ENDORSEMENT OF ISSUED CERTIFICATE form. A link to all forms can be found at the bottom of the Certification Page or a direct link to the forms page follows:http://www.isbe.net/certification/html/forms.htm. Here is a direct link to the APPLICATION FOR ENDORSEMENT OF ISSUED CERTIFICATE form: http://www.isbe.net/certification/pdf/73-52_application_elem_hs_admin.pdf.
Once you think you have the coursework and paperwork for your endorsement you can contact Trinity’s Certification Officer or go to the Regional Office of Education (ROE) to add endorsements. There is a link to the listing of all ROE offices on the Experienced Teachers Certification page or you can link directly to that page here: http://www.isbe.net/regionaloffices/pdf/roedirectory.pdf .
Information regarding moving from an initial to standard certificate can be found on the certification page under New Teachers.
We hope this information is helpful and that you have continued success in all of your endeavors.
The Education Department