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Becoming Licensed in Illinois for Out of Sate Educators after June 30, 2013

This information is from the Illinois Department of Education - Becoming Licensed in Illinois

Check BoxChecklist for requirements to become licensed in Illinois

Note:  Western Michigan University is not responsible for certification in other states.

Educators prepared by an out-of-state institution who hold a valid, comparable out-of-state certificate or license will need to have completed the Illinois Basic Skills Test now known as the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) and content test(s) as a requirement to receive an Educator License with Stipulations (ELS).

Note:  After July 1, 2013 the Basic Skills Test now known as the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) will no longer be waived.

The following Illinois educator tests must be passed for the Educator License with Stipulations (ELS) endorsed as provisional educator (a 2 year non-renewable):  

*One of the following assessments may be used in lieu of the TAP if the score is no more than 10 years old at the time of submission:

Note:  If you plan to submit ACT or SAT scores, please read this document.

**Individuals seeking one of the following endorsements must also pass the Special Education General Curriculum test:

For additional testing information, including test registration, please visit the Illinois Licensure Testing System website.

If you completed an educator preparation program outside Illinois, the application fee for your license is $150.  The evaluation process takes approximately 90-120 business days.  Applications are processed in the order they are received.  If you have a job pending and would like to request an expedited review, the school district or your regional office of education may submit a request for priority review.

To receive an Educator License with Stipulations (ELS) endorsed as a provisional educator, you must present a valid, comparable out-of-state certificate or license.  To be “valid,” your certificate must be active and not expired.  To be “comparable,” your certificate must be equivalent to an Illinois license endorsed in the specific teaching field you are seeking.  For instance, if you are seeking the “secondary education” endorsement in Illinois, your out-of-state certificate or license must list credentials for teaching grades 6-12 (or a similar range).

Becoming Licensed in Illinois after June 30, 2013 for the advanced license (PEL)

Educators who were prepared outside of Illinois and are seeking Illinois licensure for the first time as of July 1, 2013, will be required to have completed six semester hours in courses that prepare them to teach reading skills and reading in content areas such as social science, math and science, one course in instructional strategies for English language learners, and one course in methods of instruction for special education students.

Requirements for the Professional Educator License (PEL) for out-of-state applicants (a 5-year renewable license) (most out-of-state applicants will need the Education License with Stipulations first):

Rev. 11/14/2013 by Illinois