Illinois offers multiple pathways to licensure. To find the route that best suites 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:
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.