Special Education Endorsement

The Special Education endorsement is designed for candidates who have an existing teaching certificate and wish to add an endorsement.

This avenue requires that the candidate take courses that constitute half of the certification curriculum. These courses are based on four broad areas of knowledge required by the Illinois State Board of Education, which are then specifically defined by Aurora University. We strongly recommend that endorsement candidates consider completing the Master’s program, as this provides teachers with the best foundation to become a highly qualified, master teacher. 

Endorsement Requirements

SPED5510: Characteristics and Identification of Disabilities and the Law 4 hours
SPED5520: Cognitive Development and Disabilities 2 hours
SPED5550: Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Development:  Promoting Prosocial Behavior 2 hours
SPED5551: Intervention Strategies for Problematic Behavior 2 hours
SPED5560: Strategies and Assistive Technology for Students with Low Incidence and Multiple Disabilities 2 hours
SPED5570: Trends:  Collaboration, Differentiating Instruction in the Inclusive Classroom, and Transition 3 hours
SPED6510: Psychoeducational Assessment of Students with Disabilities 4 hours

Total for endorsement:  19 hours

Important note to candidate:  Completing the hours necessary for an endorsement may enable you to secure employment as a special educator. However, completing the certification, and ideally the complete Master of Arts degree, will not only make you a better educator, but it may also become necessary for you to retain your position in special education.

The Special Education endorsement is also offered through AU Online.