PEL Administrative Endorsement add on at American College of Education

Want to obtain the PEL endorsement? We have good news.

Illinois-certified educators, we’re excited to announce that those who complete our Master of Education in Educational Leadership program may be eligible for the administrative endorsement add-on to your current Professional Educator License (PEL). 

When you pair this news with our convenient online and realistically priced programs, ACE is likely a great fit for your needs. At under $8,000 total tuition* for a master's program, ACE is an affordable way to help you obtain the additional skills and education you need to advance your career.

PEL administrative endorsement at American College of Education


The requirements for eligibility for Administrative Endorsement to your current, active Professional Educator License include:

  • completion of our program

  • transcript evaluation by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

  • passing scores on the Illinois required exam (unless you're already licensed in another state)

  • four years of teaching experience.

Through June 30, 2019, the required four years of teaching experience may be supplemented with work experience in the capacity of school support personnel in a public school. It is important to note, the ISBE transcript evaluation could indicate additional requirements you are subject to fulfill prior to receiving your PEL Administrative Endorsement.

When you complete the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program, you will:

  • Develop, implement, and monitor a shared vision of learning for a K-12 school, promoting the academic and social success of all students and effectively aligning the vision to the school’s mission.

  • Employ evidence-based strategies and intellectual processes to support teachers as they strengthen content delivery, instructional effectiveness, and assessment for all students.

  • Engage faculty, staff and other school stakeholders in team-building strategies, and facilitate the process of developing and maintaining professional learning communities to increase student engagement and achievement.

  • Develop skill sets necessary for a career trajectory into administrator and leadership roles within K-12 public education.

"By earning an ACE master's degree, I feel more prepared to teach. My degree has prepared me to teach other educators about technology and how to integrate it into their own classrooms."

- Sara Lowe

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