IL Educational Leadership Certification Requirements

Illinois Educational Leadership Certification Requirements 



In Illinois, this program leads to a Principal K-12 endorsement.

Illinois has the following requirements for applicants of a Principal K-12 endorsement:
1. DEGREE: A master’s degree from a regionally accredited university. 

2. PROGRAM: Completion of a state-approved administrator preparation program at a regionally accredited university. An 80-02 Form (State-Approved Program and Completion of Standards Verification Form) must be completed by the Licensure Office for each graduate applying for the endorsement

3. LICENSE: The candidate must hold an Illinois Professional Educator License before being eligible to add on the Principal Pk-12 endorsement.
4. EXPERIENCE: 4 years of teaching or school support personnel experience. Experience can be verified by using Form 80-08: Verification of Teaching Experience. 

5. Practicum : WGU requires Educational Leadership candidates to complete a practicum in accordance with the hour requirements listed here.


If you begin your practicum on or after August 1, 2016, the completion of a practicum must take place over the course of a full school year. Your Educational Leadership standard pathway will be changed to account for this full school year requirement. This may result in an additional academic term of study.

A full school year shall mean at least the academic year. While principal candidates may begin their practicum in any month, they must complete practicum activities (verified on the clinical hour log) during every month that the school is open for a total of at least one academic year. The practicum does not conclude early if the required hours are logged prior to the accumulation of one academic year and candidates may not accelerate through the practicum. School year means the annual period commencing on the first day of September of one calendar year and ending the last day of August of the ensuing calendar year.


6. ILLINOIS STANDARDS: Completion of coursework addressing methods of teaching exceptional children, reading methods and reading in the content area, and methods of teaching English language learners. If these standards have already been met for issuance of an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL), this requirement will be waived. 


7. EXAM REQUIREMENTS: Pass the following exams:

Graduates of an educational leadership program at Western Governors University can apply for the Principal, K-12 endorsement in Illinois on the basis of having completed an out-of-state approved program. WGU's Educational Leadership programs are state-approved in Washington.


Visit These Links for Important Information:

Registering for Praxis Exams
Submitting Exam Scores to WGU

IL Administrator Certification Application Information and Instructions






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