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State of Illinois Licensure Requirements

Each person applying for an early childhood, elementary, middle level, or secondary (9-12 or K-12) Professional Educator License (PEL) must pass the appropriate test(s) of content-area knowledge and the Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).

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 educative teacher performance assessment is found at the edTPA website.

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