The Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois Community College Board, and the Illinois State Board of Education collaborated to create a new endorsement for nine dual credit disciplines. A Dual Credit Endorsement, as designated in
110 ILCS 27/Dual Credit Quality Act is an endorsement valid for grades 11-12 to be placed on the Professional Educator License (PEL) at the request of an educator who meets the appropriate credential standards.
The Content Specific Endorsement will be a recognized credential that will help with the portability of approved coursework for qualified high school dual credit teachers across the State of Illinois.
The nine dual credit areas include:
To obtain a dual credit endorsement:
QMD or 18 Credit Hours:
The teacher completes a Qualified Master's Degree or any master's degree with 18 graduate credit hours of coursework within the discipline.
Application & Fee:
The teacher completes the Endorsement Application and pays the $50 fee in the
Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS).
The teacher takes a copy of their transcripts and completed application to their hiring institution* for verification.
*Community College Chief Academic Officer or University Provost's Office
Send to ROE:
The COA or Provost sends the form to the Regional Office of Education for sign off.
*If the teacher's ROE is Region 15 (City of Chicago), the form may be emailed to
Regional Office of Education uploads the form to the teacher's ELIS account.
Upon receipt of the form in ELIS, the Endorsement is auto issued.