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Illinois offers multiple pathways to licensure. To find the route that best suits you, please review the options below.

Option 1: Reciprocity

Did you complete an approved out-of-state educator preparation program and become licensed in that state? You can qualify for the Illinois PEL by submitting the following documents:

  • A copy of your valid, comparable out-of-state license
  • A bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education​

Option 2: ISBE 80-02

Did you complete an approved out-of-state educator preparation program but did not become licensed in that state? You must meet the following requirements to obtain the Illinois PEL:

  • A bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Proof of completion of a State Approved Program (Use form 80-02: State Approved Program and Completion of Standards VerificationPDF Document​)
  • Student teaching or equivalent experience
  • Completion of coursework* addressing methods of teaching exceptional children, reading methods, content area reading, and methods of teaching English learners (Use form 80-02: State Approved Program and Completion of Standards VerificationPDF Document)
  • Licensure Tests: All test scores are valid indefinitely. View the options below to see the required tests for each area. Click here to register for the tests. If out-of-state test scores were completed, copies of the test scores must be submitted per the ISBE 80-02 form.  Please Note: The Seal of Biliteracy does not waive the content test for initial PELs endorsed in a world language.

Option 3: Illinois Educator Preparation Program

If you are completing an educator preparation program at an Illinois institution, please work closely with the institution to ensure their specific requirements are met.

The menus below indicate the Illinois educator preparation program type and corresponding licensure tests.​​

 Early Childhood Birth-Grade 2

​edTPA waived through 8/31/2025 per PA 103-0488

Validity/Grade Range​
ILTS Tests
  • ​Self-contained general education from birth-grade 3 prior to 9/1/2020
  • Self-contained general education from birth- grade 2 9/2/2020 or later
  • Early Childhood (​206)
  • ONE of the following options:
    • Student teaching completed prior to 8/31/15: edTPA****or APT
    • Student teaching completed 9/1/15 or later: edTPA****​

 Elementary Education Grades 1-6

​edTPA waived through 8/31/2025 per PA 103-0488

Validity/Grade Range ILTS Tests
  • Kindergarten-Grade 9 prior to 9/1/2019
  • Grade 1 - Grade 6 9/2/2019 or later​
  • Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) (305)
  • ONE of the following options:
    • Student teaching completed prior to 8/31/15: edTPA**** or APT
    • Student teaching completed 9/1/15 or later: edTPA****​​

 Middle Grades 5-8

​edTPA waived through 8/31/2025 per PA 103-0488

Validity/Grade Range ILTS Tests
  • Subject-specific courses in grades 5-8. 
  • Specific Content-Area Test
  • ONE of the following options:
    • Student teaching completed prior to 8/31/15: edTPA**** or APT
    • Student teaching completed 9/1/15 or later: edTPA****

 Secondary Grades 9-12

​edTPA waived through 8/31/2025 per PA 103-0488

Validity/Grade Range ILTS Tests
  • Subject-specific courses in grades 6-12. Senior high endorsements are valid 9-12***
  • Specific Content-Area Test
  • ONE of the following options:
    • Student teaching completed prior to 8/31/15: edTPA**** or APT
    • Student teaching completed 9/1/15 or later: edTPA****

 Special Grades PK-12

​edTPA waived through 8/31/2025 per PA 103-0488

​Validity/Grade Range ILTS Tests
  • ​Area of specialization in K-grade 1​​2
  • Specific Content-Area Test
  • ONE of the following options:
    • Student teaching completed prior to 8/31/15: edTPA**** or APT
    • Student teaching completed 9/1/15 or later: edTPA****​

 Special K-Age 22 or PK-Age 22 Special Education

​edTPA waived through 8/31/2025 per PA 103-0488

Validity/Grade Range ILTS Tests
  • Areas of Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS I), Blind or Visually Impaired, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, or Speech Language Pathologist (Teaching)
  • LBS I (290) OR Teacher of Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired (228) OR Teacher of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (151) 
  • ONE of the following options:
    • Student teaching completed prior to 8/31/15: edTPA**** or APT
    • Student teaching completed 9/1/15 or later: edTPA****

Specific Requirements:

  • Speech Language Pathologist (Teaching) requires a master’s degree accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) at the time the applicant completed the program.​​​

 Early Childhood Special Education Birth-Grade 3

​edTPA waived through 8/31/2025 per PA 103-0488

ILTS Tests
  • ​Early Childhood Special Education (152/230​)
  • ONE of the following options:
    • Student teaching completed prior to 8/31/15: edTPA****or APT
    • Student teaching completed 9/1/15 or later: edTPA****​

*View a list of acceptable courses you may take to fulfill this coursework requirements.

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