IL Secondary Science Certification and Exam Requirements

Illinois Secondary Science 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 one of the following areas:

Biology, Grades 6-12
Chemistry, Grades 6-12
Earth and Space Science, Grades 6-12
Physics, Grades 6-12

Secondary Science Exams and Requirements:


 Area of Certification


 Required Exams


 Science 6-12, Biology


Content Exam for Certification: Praxis 5235 Biology: Content KnowledgeThis exam also satisfies the WGU Program Requirement.

 Science 6-12, Chemistry


Content Exam for Certification: Praxis 5245, Chemistry: Content KnowledgeThis exam also satisfies the WGU Program Requirement.


 Science 6-12, Earth and Space


Content Exam for Certification: Praxis 5571 Earth and Space Sciences: Content Knowledge. This exam also satisfies the WGU Program Requirement.


 Science 6-12, Physics


Content Exam for Certification: Praxis 5265, Physics: Content Knowledge. This exam also satisfies the WGU Program Requirement.


Illinois will accept exams passed for Utah licensure to meet the IL exam requirements. 


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

Applying for your Illinois Teaching License




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