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Illinois Teaching License Requirements

To become a teacher in Illinois, you must complete the follow steps:

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree

  • Illinois teachers must hold a bachelor’s degree to qualify for a teaching license.
  • The state accepts bachelor’s degrees in any major, though teachers often earn their bachelor’s in Education.

Complete an EPP

  • These programs must include coursework on methods of teaching exceptional children, reading methods, reading specific content areas, and methods of teaching English learners.
  • Completing this step is required to become a teacher in Michigan.

Gain Student Teaching Experience

  • Illinois requires student teaching experience for a teaching license.
  • Candidates must complete student teaching in their final year of an educator preparation program.

Pass Required Certification Tests

  • Teachers must pass two required certification tests to earn their teaching certification in Illinois.
  • Teaching licensure candidates must take 1) the content tests for their subject area and 2) undergo a teacher performance assessment (edTPA).

Apply for Certification

  • Your university or alternative certification program will help you apply for teacher certification in Illinois.
  • Only apply for certification once you have met all of the ISBE requirements.

Start Looking for Jobs

  • You are now qualified and can begin seeking out teaching jobs in Arizona.
  • Use online resources to find jobs that fit your criteria.

Most popular Illinois Teacher Certification Exams

Teachers in Illinois must pass the required ILTS exams to receive their teacher license.

ILTS Most Popular Exams

ILTS Middle Grades (5-8) Language Arts

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ILTS Mathematics

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Official ILTS Mathematics study guide to help you pass your exam!

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ILTS Elementary Education (Grades 1-6): Complete

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Non-Traditional Paths for Illinois Teacher License

As long as you hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, you can transition into teaching through the alternative pathway program. You must have completed at least 9 semester hours of coursework in the licensure content area sought (e.g. Mathematics)​. You must also complete a year as a supervised teacher. You must also complete an educator preparation program.

How to Register For the Exams?

You can follow the following steps to register for your teacher certification exams:

  • Identify Your Exams: Determine the specific teacher certification exams you need to take. If you are a part of a certification program you should talk to your program advisor to determine which exams you need to take.
  • Create an Account: Visit the official testing service website and create an account.
  • Select Exam and Date: Login, choose your exam, and select a convenient test date and location.
  • Complete Registration: Follow instructions, provide necessary information, and pay exam fees online.

How To Study for Your Illinois Teacher Certification Exam(s)

To become a certified teacher you must pass your required exam(s). Luckily, we offer a wide variety of study guides to help you pass your exams and get closer to getting that teacher certificate. Our study guides offer practice questions, video lessons, quizzes and full length practice tests to ensure you are ready come test day! Our curriculum team studies all of the standards and competencies for the exams and cross-references them with the current and previous questions released by the official testing company. We then work with content and teaching experts to distill down what test-takers need to know. No matter where you are in the study guide, you can always see how the concept you are learning is aligned to the test standards.

How Do I Maintain Teaching License in Illinois?

After earning a teaching certification, Illinois educators must maintain their credential. The Professional Educator License remains valid for five years in Illinois. At the end of five years, educators must complete 120 hours of professional development to renew their license.

Best Education Schools in Illinois

  • Northwestern University
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Illinois–Chicago
  • Illinois State University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • DePaul University
  • Lewis University

Illinois Teacher Salary Information

The average Entry Level Teacher salary in Illinois is $65,601 as of February 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $54,776 and $80,019.

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More Illinois Teacher License Resources

Do You Know Which ILTS Exams You Need to Take? https://www.240tutoring.com/ilts-prep/do-you-know-which-ilts-exams-you-need-to-take/

This article will help you become familiar with what the ILTS is and which one you should sign up for to become a teacher in Illinois.

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Everything You Need to Know About ILTS Scores https://www.240tutoring.com/ilts-prep/everything-you-need-to-know-about-ilts-scores/

This article will show you how to interpret score reports and what to do if you need to retake an ILTS exam.

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Your ILTS Costs and Retakes Quick Guide https://www.240tutoring.com/ilts-prep/your-ilts-costs-retakes-quick-guide/

This article will give you tips on preparing for the exams and on how you can avoid having to retake an ILTS exam. (We’ll also cover what happens if you do need to retake an exam.)

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How to Register for AN ILTS Exam https://www.240tutoring.com/ilts-prep/how-to-register-for-an-ilts-exam/

This article will tell you how to register for an ILTS exam, including a discussion of the costs of the exam and registration details.

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ILTS – Questions Quick Guide https://www.240tutoring.com/ilts-prep/ilts-questions-quick-guide/

In this article, we will tell you how many questions are on the most popular ILTS exams.

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What You Must Know About Preparing for the ILTS https://www.240tutoring.com/ilts-prep/what-you-must-know-about-preparing-for-the-ilts/

This article will cover everything you need to know about preparing for an ILTS exam.

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Illinois Teacher License FAQs

What is required to become a teacher in Illinois?

Candidates must apply for a license through the Illinois State Board of Education. The process requires a bachelor’s degree, specific coursework, student teaching experience, and passing scores on licensure exams.

Can you teach in Illinois without a teaching certificate?

No. To teach in Illinois, you’ll need at least a bachelor’s degree and a teaching license.

How much does it cost to get a teaching license in Illinois?

Applying for the Professional Educator License requires a $150 application fee.

Are teachers in demand in Illinois?

The shortage of teachers in Illinois has slowed and even improved but gaps in critical areas, such as special education, remain and racial diversity among school leaders lags far behind that of the state’s pupils, according to a study released in October 2023.

according to a study released in October 2023. How long is an Illinois teaching license good for?

Your Illinois teaching certificate is valid for 5 years.

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