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State of Illinois Licensure Requirements


Each person applying for an early childhood, elementary or secondary (9-12 or K-12) Professional Educator License (PEL) 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 two courses.

Meeting the basic skills requirement: a cumulative GPA -- 3.0 or higher and passing State of Illinois basic skills requirement -- the basic skills requirement can be met in one of 7 ways:

  • a passing score on the "old" Illinois Tests of Basic Skills (096 or 300) -- replaced by the current Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
  • a passing score on all four sections of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
  • a composite score on the ACT Plus writing of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 19 on the combined English/writing on tests taken before 9/1/2015 (scores can be combined from two different score reports)
  • a composite score on the ACT Plus writing of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 16 in writing on tests taken between 9/1/2015 and 9/1/2016 (scores can be combined from two different score reports)
  • a composite score on the ACT Plus writing of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 6 in writing on tests taken after 9/1/2016 (scores can be combined from two different score reports)
  • a composite score on the SAT of 1030 (critical reading + mathematics = 1030 or higher) and a minimum score of 450 on writing on tests taken before 3/5/2016 (scores can be combined from two different score reports)
  • a composite score on the SAT of 1110 (Evidence-based Reading and Writing + Mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on the writing and language test on tests taken on or after 3/5/2016 (scores can be combined from two different score reports)

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.