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How do you get an Illinois Teacher Certification?

Traditional Approach for the Illinois Teacher Certification

  1. Earn a higher education degree
  2. Gain some teaching experience; student teaching is acceptable, other teacher prep courses will provide this.
  3. Pass the Illinois Test of Basic Skills, Illinois Content Test (Subject Area), and the Assessment of Professional Teaching. Click here to learn more.
  4. Submit the following:
    • Apply Online
    • $30 check/money order payable to Department of Education’s Certification Office
    • Call here for more information
      • Springfield - (866) 262-6663
      • Chicago - (312) 814-2220
  5. *Do you want to renew your Illinois Teacher Certification?*

Alternative Approach for the Illinois Teacher Certification

Alternatively, there is another path to take to get Certified to teach in IL which allows you to start your teaching career before you complete the teacher education program.

  1. Degree is still required
  2. A minimum of 5 years experience in a related occupation
  3. Pass the ICTS testing requirements
  4. You’ll receive the Alternative Certification Program certification which is valid for 1 year. During this time, you’ll be mentored and participate in various activities to be judged and reviewed on your progress. After completing this successfully, you’ll receive the Initial Illinois Teaching Certification

Resident Teacher Certification

This route doesn’t require any time spent with teacher preparation work. After fulfilling the requirements, you will earn your Master’s Degree and possibly be recommended for the Standard Illinois Certification. Call (866) 262-6663 or (312) 814-2220 for more details

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MS in Education (for Existing Teachers Grades K-12)
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Received the 2013 Making a Difference for Students Award from Quality Matters.
  • Offers a free student app for smartphones and tablets, helping students keep up to date.
  • Has a Golden Key International Honour Society and SALUTE Veterans Honor Society.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
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Master of Science: Education
  •  Ranked one of the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  •  Offers a no-obligation, 3-week trial period where students may determine if the university is right for them before they commit to it.
  •  Strives to be a student’s partner in lifelong learning; committed to helping them achieve their goals.
  •  Serves students of all ages, from first-graders learning to read to professionals seeking postgraduate training.
  •  Provides career-oriented diploma through master’s programs in fields such as healthcare, business, legal and paralegal services, information technology, criminal justice and design.
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Ed.S. Education Degree Specialist in Director of Special Education
  • Students can choose from more than 150 degree programs in a variety of subject areas, including business, education, engineering, nursing, and more.
  • The average class size is 29 students, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1.
  • Ranked #59 among the 2017 Best Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Founded in 1909, the university offers campus-based and online programs backed by over 100 years of education experience.
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Early Childhood Education (Certificate Only) - Online
  • Each year since 2004, The Princeton Review has included California University in its Best in the Northeast listing, recognizing Cal U as one of the best regional universities in the northeastern United States.
  • Ranked #35 in Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Offers private school amenities at a public school cost.
  • Grants students in its Global Online program the same diploma as graduates from Cal U’s traditional degree programs.
  • Has an student-to-teacher ratio of 20:1.
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