Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile

Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile - Illinois


 


Description Citation/Link
State certification / licensure website https://www.isbe.net/licensure
State information on reciprocity https://www.isbe.net/Documents/ELIS-faq.pdf
Has the state signed the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement? Yes. Illinois is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.
Does the state have full reciprocity by statute for out-of-state teachers? No. Regardless of experience, each out-of-state applicant for an Illinois teaching license must meet licensure requirements that are similar to Illinois requirements. Source
Does the state have additional coursework requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? Yes, but not immediately. In order to receive a Professional Educator License, candidates must complete (or show proof of having already completed) coursework aligned to standards concerning methods of instruction of the exceptional child, methods of reading and reading in the content area, and instructional strategies for English learners. Candidates must also have completed student teaching, or an equivalent experience. 105 ILCS 5/21B-35
Does the state provide a test-out or other exemption option for coursework requirements? Yes. Candidates who have completed coursework concerning methods of instruction of the exceptional child, methods of reading and reading in the content area, and instructional strategies for English learners can submit verification to the State Board of Education and have the requirements for additional coursework waived. The Illinois State Board of Education provides a list of pre-approved comparable courses from out-of-state institutions. 105 ILCS 5/21B-35
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Does the state have additional assessment requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? Yes, but not for all candidates and not immediately. To receive a Professional Educator License, candidates must candidates must show proof of completing an out-of-state basic skills test, content area test(s) and EdTPA resulting in licensure in their sending state, or receive passing scores on the Illinois-approved assessments. Requirements for the EdTPA are waived for candidates who have at least one year of teaching experience and have achieved a “proficient” or higher (or equivalent) rating on his or her most recent performance evaluation. Applicants who do not meet these assessment requirements may qualify for a provisional educator endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations. 105 ILCS 5/21B-20
105 ILCS 5/21B-35
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Does the state have different requirements in place for experienced and inexperienced out-of-state teachers? Yes. Out-of-state candidates who can provide proof of one year of successful full-time teaching experience are not required to take the EdTPA to receive a Professional Educator License. Source
Does the state require out-of-state teachers with experience provide evidence of effectiveness? No. Except that requirements for the EdTPA are waived for candidates who have at least one year of teaching experience and have achieved a “proficient” or higher (or equivalent) rating on his or her most recent performance evaluation. Source
Does the state provide special reciprocity for out-of-state teachers with advanced credentials? No. Illinois has two main licensure levels: Educator License with Stipulations and Professional Educator License. Candidates with advanced credentials are required to meet the same licensing requirements as candidates without these credentials and are granted an Educator License with Stipulations until they do.
Does the state provide special reciprocity (or other supports) for military spouses? Yes. According to state statute, a service member or spouse of a service member may obtain a Professional Educator License with Stipulations, and a provisional educator endorsement in a specific content area or areas, if he or she holds a valid teaching certificate or license in good standing from another state, meets the qualifications of educators in the state, and has not engaged in any misconduct that would prohibit the individual from obtaining a license pursuant to Illinois law, including without limitation any administrative rules of the State Board of Education. 105 ILCS 5/21B-20

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