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Illinois offers multiple pathways to licensure for traditional candidates enrolled in colleges and universities, career changers, and industry professionals. These pathways allow teacher candidates to utilize degrees, formal programs, coursework, and work experience to become teachers. If you are new to the state of Illinois and need to transfer your out-of-state license, are a career changer looking for ways to enter the teaching profession, or are a current educator seeking to expand your areas of expertise by adding additional credentials, we are pleased that you have chosen to make a difference by becoming an educator. To get started on obtaining licensure in Illinois, click the description below that is applicable to you.​​​​

Become an Educator in Illinois


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