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Completing your licensure program is the first step in the process. In order to obtain your Professional Educator License (PEL), you must APPLY FOR AND REGISTER your license with the State of Illinois AFTER you have been ENTITLED by Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU). DO NOT APPLY until you receive an e-mail from ELIS stating that you have been entitled.

Candidates who have been entitled by NEIU MUST NOT apply or register their license and endorsement until they are completely sure that the information NEIU has entered is 100% accurate and reflects the endorsement application submitted (if any). If you think the information entered in your entitlement is incorrect or incomplete, please DO NOT APPLY -- instead, contact the Dean's Office (773) 442-5500. If you apply and register your license, you may have to pay extra for additional endorsements to be entered into your ELIS account.

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Add an additional endorsement to your PEL:

Candidates who are completing a licensure program (Initial, Post-Bac, TLP or FOCUS) at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) and want to add additional endorsements to their PEL must complete an Endorsement Application Form. Please, complete your name, NEIU ID number, IEIN number, DOB and print out, scan and send via email attachment with all transcripts attached to or turn in your application to the GCOE Dean's office in LWH 4044.

The deadlines are as follows:

Term of anticipated program

     Filing deadline to submit your
   endorsement application packet

  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • September 15th - October 15th
  • February 1st – March 1st
  • June 1st – July 1st

Candidates must submit their application to the Dean's office, Lech Walesa Hall (LWH) 4044, along with copies of unofficial transcripts from NEIU and all other colleges and universities attended (Attach to the email if submitting by email). Candidates must highlight all classes on the transcripts that they want considered towards the endorsement. The Dean’s office will evaluate these courses and make the final recommendation.

For further questions, please contact your adviser.

Entitlement For TLP Candidates:

For bachelor’s degree entitlement, please contact the COE Dean's Office, LWH 4044, (773) 442-5500.
For master’s degree entitlement, please contact your program advisor.

For TLP-ELED candidates:
Contact Sean Condon, LWH 0019, (773) 442-5374,

TLP-SCED and K-12 programs:
Contact Mike Bochnewych, LWH 0018, (773) 442-5387,

Note for Candidates in the Elementary Education (1-6) initial program (undergraduate and graduate): 

In 2013, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) adopted new standards for preparation programs for the elementary education endorsement and created standards for new programs for endorsements in the middle grades. The new elementary programs approved under the new standards are endorsed in grades 1 through 6. 

The Teacher Education Department began admitting candidates into this new Elementary Education program (1-6) in October 2015. Hence, candidates enrolled before October 2015 are considered under the “old” rules and completing the “old” K-9 elementary education program. These candidates completing the K-9 elementary program will be eligible for middle grade endorsements under the “old” rules until January 31, 2018 (per Section 25.37[b][3]). After January 31, 2018 the new requirements go live and at that time everyone outside of those who complete a specific middle school range (5-8) will need to complete either a full or focused program to quality for a middle school endorsement. This timeline will also apply for those in secondary education; PK-21 and K-12 programs that would like to add middle grade endorsements.

Note for Candidates completing the Elementary Education K-9 Program (old program):

According to Section 20.10 [c]

Beginning October 1, 2015, no candidate shall be admitted to an elementary education program that has not been approved under this Part. Any candidate who is enrolled in an elementary program not approved under this Part shall complete the program on or before September 1, 2018 and have the elementary education endorsement issued by September 1, 2019.

This means that candidates in the elementary "old program" most complete the program by September 1, 2018 and endorsement must be issued by September 1, 2019.

NOTE FOR CANDIDATES COMPLETING THE Early Childhood education program b-3:

According to Section 26.100 Purpose and Effective Dates of Standards in Subpart A

Beginning September 1, 2019, the provisions of Sections 26.120, 26.130 and 26.240 are replaced by Sections 26.125, 26.135 and 26.245 as the standards that, together with the standards set forth in Standards for All Illinois Teachers (23 Ill. Adm. Code 24) and the standards in this Subpart A, shall apply to the issuance of endorsements in early childhood education on professional educator licenses pursuant to Article 21B of the School Code [105 ILCS 5/Art. 21B]. The standards set forth in this Subpart A shall apply both to candidates for an endorsement in early childhood education and to the programs that prepare them.

a)  Approval of any teacher preparation program or course of study in early childhood education pursuant to the State Board's rules for Educator Licensure (23 Ill. Adm. Code 25, Subpart C) shall be based on the congruence of that program's or course's content with the standards identified in this Subpart A.

b)  The examinations required for issuance of an endorsement in early childhood education shall be based on the standards identified in this Subpart A.

c)  Beginning September 1, 2017, no candidate shall be admitted to a program that has not shown alignment to the standards set forth in Sections 26.125, 26.135 and 26.245. Any candidate who is enrolled in an early childhood education program aligned to the standards set forth in Sections 26.120, 26.130 and 26.240 shall complete the program on or before September 1, 2019 and have the early childhood education endorsement issued by September 1, 2020.


Requirements for retention within the College of Education (COE) and program-specific requirements are listed in the NEIU Academic Catalog - College of Education section.


Undergraduate programs:

In order to graduate, you must fulfill University, College of Education, and Program requirements. Refer to the NEIU Academic Catalog for specific information regarding these requirements.

Approximately two terms before you plan to graduate, you should pick up a graduation application from Enrollment Services. The application will have specific instructions regarding the steps to follow in order to apply for graduation. You should also see your program advisor to make certain you have completed all requirements and necessary paperwork.

Graduate programs:

Candidates should apply for graduation approximately one semester in advance of you graduation date. Obtain a graduation application from the Graduate Records Office or online here. Deadline dates and further information can be found the graduation application.


Contact the COE Dean's Office

T (773) 442-5500

F (773) 442-5510

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