IL Elementary Education Certification and Exam Requirements

Illinois Elementary Education Certification and Exam Requirements

WGU students who will apply for certification in Illinois on or after July 1, 2013 need to first license in Utah after completing their teacher preparation program; a student can then apply for a reciprocal license in Illinois. Refer to the following for specific state requirements: general Utah teacher certification requirements and general Illinois teacher certification requirements.

In Illinois, this program leads to a license with an endorsement in Elementary Education Grades 1-6.


1) Content Exam for Certification: Praxis 5001 Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects.  Illinois will accept the Utah Praxis exam to meet the Illinois content exam requirement. This exam will also satisfy the WGU Program Requirement.
The Praxis 5031 Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects will be accepted for certification if at least one sub-test is passed on or before 8/31/2014 with all four sub-tests passed on or before 7/1/2015. 

This exam must be passed in order to graduate and to be recommended for certification. 


2) Pedagogy Exam/edTPA Requirement: Students completing their Demonstration Teaching in the Fall 2015 cohort or later will complete an officially scored edTPA during their demonstration teaching, and do not need to pass the Illinois pedagogy exam. Students who completed their demonstration teaching in cohorts prior to Fall 2015 were required to pass the ILTS Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) pedagogy exam.  Due to changing rules in Illinois, WGU recommends that these students contact the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) directly to confirm whether the APT exam is required. 


Visit these links for important information:

General Information About Licensing in Illinois

Registering for Praxis Exams

Submitting Exam Scores to WGU

Submitting Exam Scores to the Utah State Office of Education

Applying for your Illinois Teaching License




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