TECS Cohort Members

Getting Started

If you're here, you've already gone through the information on our CS Teaching Endorsement Page, and filled out the interest form on that page.

Why is TECS special?

Getting endorsed by ISBE to teach Computer Science all on your own is difficult. The TECS program is an ISBE-approved course of study that sidesteps lots of paperwork and lets you focus on your education.

ISU can entitle a teacher who meets the TECS program requirements. ISU will tell ISBE that ISU has verified that you completed a course of study pre-approved by ISBE as sufficient to earn a CS teaching endorsement. This is one major advantage of applying for the endorsement through ISU rather than applying directly to ISBE. Applying directly to ISBE can result in delays and uncertainty.

Obtaining the endorsement by applying for it through ISU must be done by completing the TECS curriculum (normally by completing the joint NEIU-ISU curriculum, possibly substituting some equivalent courses from other institutions, with permission from the TECS program administrators).

To complete your endorsement, you need to enroll in both ISU and NEIU. This guide will walk you through those applications.

Picture of TECS Course Map

Once you've applied, the best way to plan your coursework is to consult this guide.

Taking Classes

This guide will walk you through registering for classes at both ISU and NEIU

Have questions about tuition, payment, financial aid, or reimbursement on the way to your endorsement?

Get lane credit for your TECS classes!

Applying for Endorsement

A teacher who wishes to have Illinois State University entitle them to the Computer Science endorsement as an additional endorsement on their teaching license must submit an application to the Illinois State University Registrar.

Useful Contacts

Chicago Public Schools

General Inquiries

Andy Rasmussen

arasmussen [at] cps.edu

Illinois State University (ISU)

Questions about ISU courses, and prior TECS coursework.

Professor Kenton Machina

kfmachin [at] ilstu.edu

Professor Anu Gokhale

aagokhale [at] ilstu.edu

Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU)

Questions about NEIU Coursework.

Professor Francisco Iacobelli

f-iacobelli [at] neiu.edu

Contact registration@neiu.edu to add or drop courses during a semester.