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Licensure Officer

Laura Lag
Phone: (847) 619-8826
Fax: (847) 619-8830

Mailing Address: 
Laura Lag
Roosevelt University
College of Education
Room 517
1400 N Roosevelt Blvd
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Certification Terms and Definitions

Certificate - A license issued by the State of Illinois authorizing the holder to teach or work with students at a specified grade or age level, or to serve in a specific role, such as a high school teacher or guidance counselor.

Endorsement - A statement appearing on a certificate that identifies the specific subjects or grade level that the certificate holder is authorized to teach. For example, a mathematics endorsement on a secondary certificate authorizes the holder to teach mathematics in grades 6-12. A certificate may have multiple endporsements.

Designation - An additional descriptor that further identifies and limits the subject area for which the certificate and its endorsement are valid. Designations are required for certain subjects or fields, such as science, social science, and foreign languages, and are optionally available in several other fields.

Approval - A state authorization to teach a specific subject or grade level. "Approvals" are available only for certain specialized areas such as early childhood special education and bilingual education. The approval is typically issued in the form of a letter from the State Board of Education rather than as a statement on the holder's certificate .

Initial and Subsequent Teaching Certificates - The first Illinois teaching certificate is called an "initial" certificate, while additional teaching certificates earned by the holder are called "subsequent" certificates.

Focused Certification Programs - Individualized certification programs that are designed for students seeking an additional or "subsequent" teaching certificate. Focused certification programs are structured around the requirements for the initial certificate but, at the institution's discretion, give credit for the candidate's previous training and experience. Each teacher preparation institution must have policies and procedures for its administration of "focused certification programs."

Alternative Certification Programs - Certification programs that are designed to provide an expedited route to teaching for individuals who hold at least a bachelor's degree and have experience in a related field.

Entitlement - Certification based on institutional recommendation and verification that all requirements have been met. Issuance of the certificate is essentially automatic once the required state assessments have been passed and all fees have been paid.