State of Illinois Licensure Requirements

Each person applying for an early childhood, elementary or secondary, (9-12 or K-12) teaching license must pass the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) Basic Skills Requirement, the appropriate test(s) of content-area knowledge, and the Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).

The Basic Skills Requirement must be passed prior to enrollment in level 2 courses.

• Passing State of Illinois Basic Skills Requirement – the Basic Skills Requirement can be met in one of 6 ways:

The ILTS content-area test(s) must be passed prior to the start of clinical practice (student teaching). Candidates must pass the educative teacher performance assessment (edTPA) during student teaching to complete the Illinois licensure requirements.

Complete information on the licensure testing program is found at the ILTS website.

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