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College of Education
1400 N Roosevelt Blvd
Schaumburg, IL 60173
A candidate for teacher certification in Illinois must
For more information, please refer to the Directory of Approved Programs for the Preparation of Educational Personnel in Illinois Institutions of Higher Education, and the Guide to Requirements for Certification, Endorsement and Assignment of Teachers, School Service Personnel, and Administrators.
State law allows individuals to teach in non-public and charter schools without a teaching certificate. However, many of these schools choose to require that some or all of their teachers hold such relevant certification.
State law also allows individuals who do not hold a teaching certificate to teach on a substitute certificate. Substitute certificates may be issued to individuals who meet the general requirements for certification in Illinois; i.e., be 19 years of age, be a citizen of or legally present in the United States, and have good character and sound health; and have a bachelor's degree.
Some individuals who do not have a certificate may be eligible for a transitional bilingual education certificate. This certificate has a limited period of validity during which the holder must work toward full certification. It is available to individuals who have a bachelor-equivalent degree from the U.S. or a foreign country; or who have held a valid certificate or comparable teaching authorization from another state, territory or foreign country; and who can meet specified language requirements in English and another language. For more information, contact a Regional Office of Education or the State Board of Education.
A "certificate" is the license required for an individual to teach in an Illinois public school. An "endorsement" is a statement that is placed on a certificate to identify and limit the specific areas in which the individual is qualified to teach in conjunction with that certificate. For example, a candidate who completes a secondary certification program in mathematics will receive a Secondary Certificate (Type 09) endorsed in mathematics. If that person later meets the requirements for an endorsement in English/Language Arts, the new endorsement would be added to the Secondary Certificate.
Illinois issues the following regular and provisional certificates:
Illinois also issues time-limited certificates for certain bilingual teachers (Type 29-transitional bilingual), visiting international teachers, and candidates enrolled in an approved alternative route teacher or administrator preparation program.
There are three primary sources of information:
The best strategy is to secure general information about certification and preparation opportunities and then meet with a knowledgeable person at the institution and/or Regional Office of Education to explore individual interests, needs, and circumstances.
The State Board's certification requirements state that a second or "subsequent" teaching certificate is to be earned by completing a second approved program, which can be a “focused program.”
The Illinois State Board of Education maintains electronic information on each Illinois certificate holder. Teachers and other certified educators may access their personal files through the Educator Certification System (ECS) and they may give employers access to selected portions of that information.
ECS is useful to educators and employers because it provides the most up-to-date information on an educator's status. For example, a candidate recommended for certification by entitlement can use ECS to see that the certificate has been issued, even before the certificate itself reaches the candidate.
Yes. In most cases, an individual who holds a valid certificate from another state, territory or country can obtain a corresponding Illinois certificate upon submission of appropriate documentation and passage of the relevant tests. Information on specific requirements for out-of-state teachers, administrators, and school service personnel is available through the State Board of Education and/or a Regional Office of Education.
If someone is not a US citizen then they must submit a printed application for certificate to Roosevelt University's Certification Officer (please submit the appropriate form based on your area of certification; refer to Certification Homepage). The Certification Officer will review the application and return it to the applicant who then should send all of their documents, applications and fees to the State Board of Education. The applicant will also need to complete the 73-91 form as well as providing proof that they are legally present and employable. Please contact ISBE regarding what documentation will meet these requirements.
The Certification Map website provides links to certification requirements and departments in all states and territories.
Obtain the proper state Verification of Approved Program form from the state board of education website for the state where you wish to be certified. Complete the form and mail it to Roosevelt's Certification Officer.
If you did not complete your application for certification but did complete all of the certification requirements, you must complete the application with the state. The process depends on how long ago you graduated
Within the past 5 years:
Contact Roosevelt's Certification Officer in order to be recommended for entitlement and to recieve subsequent instructions for completing the online application process.
More than 5 years ago:
In this case, Roosevelt cannot directly recommend you for entitlement, but can confirm your successful completion of a state-approved program and submit the paperwork needed for you to proceed in applying for certification with the state. Please complete Part I of the State Approved Program Verification form and mail, fax, or email it to Roosevelt's Certification Officer. The Certification Officer will check your records, fill out Part II if you did successfully complete the program, and forward the completed form directly to ISBE.
An Interim Certification as School Counselor Intern is a 3-year, non-renewable certificate that make sone eleigible for employment as a school counselor intern. It is only available to individuals who:
*At Roosevelt, the requirements are successful completion of:
**This application requires the signature of Roosevelt's Certification Officer and the official university seal before it is submitted to the regional superintendant.
This certificate is for individuals already holding a valid Illinois teaching certificate in early childhood, elementary, secondary, special or transitional bilingual. Short-Term Emergency Certificate in Special Education holders are eligible to serve students with the following disabilities: Learning Disabilities, Social Emotional Disorders, Mental Retardation, Physically Handicapped, Autism, and Traumatic Brain Injury.
For detailed information about required coursework, forms, and documentation, please refer to the IBE website on the Application Process for Short-Term Emergency Certificate.
Please note that Roosevelt's Certification Officer will complete Section IV of the Application for Short term Emergency Certifcation in Special Education ONLY after Sections I-III have been completed. The form will then be returned to the applicant to submit to the regional superintendent.
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