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(PK-21/Approved Program)

​All teaching endorsements require the following:

  • A bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Proof of a valid, comparable, out of state license
  • 32 semester hours, or a major in the content-area, from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • 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 completing a program at an Illinois institution, please work closely with the institution to ensure their specific requirements/timeframes are met.

 Early Childhood

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Validity/Grade Range
ILTS Tests

Self-contained general education from birth to grade 3

  • ​A test of basic skills**
  • Early Childhood (107)
    • New Test - 206 (Available 1/22/18)
  • 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

Validity/Grade Range
ILTS Tests

Self-contained general education in kindergarten-grade 9***

  • ​A test of basic skills**
  • Elementary Middle Grades(110)
  • 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

Validity/Grade Range
ILTS Tests

Subject-specific courses in grades 5-8. 

  • ​A test of basic skills**
  • 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

Validity/Grade Range
ILTS Tests

Subject-specific courses in grades 6-12. Senior high endorsements are valid 9-12***

  • ​A test of basic skills**
  • 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-12

Validity/Grade Range
ILTS Tests

​Area of specialization in K-grade 1​​2

  • ​A test of basic skills**
  • 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 Pre K-Age 21 Special Education

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 (Teach​ing)

  • ​A test of basic skills**
  • LBS I (155) OR Teacher of Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired (150) OR Teacher of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (151) OR Speech Language Pathologist; Teaching (153)
  • Special Education General Curriculum Test (163)
  • 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****

 Early Childhood Special Education

Validity/Grade Range
ILTS Tests

Special education from birth to grade 3

  • ​A test of basic skills**
  • Early Childhood Special Education (152)
  • 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.

This information is accurate at the date posted below.  Applicants will be held to the most current statutory and administrative rule requirements.

If you do not have a major on an official transcript in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education, the suggested coursework acceptable to fulfill the 32 hour constructed major includes the following:

Early Childhood: history and philosophy of early childhood education, child growth and development, language acquisition and development, early childhood assessment, early childhood methods, primary level teaching methods, and a child, family, and community course.

Elementary: elementary reading methods, elementary reading assessment, elementary content area reading,children's literature, elementary math methods, elementary science methods, elementary social science methods, a general elementary methods course, child growth and development, adolescent psychology, and history and philosophyof education.

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