IL Secondary Social Science Certification and Exam Requirements

Illinois Secondary Social 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:

Social Science: History, Grades 6-12
Social Science: Economics, Grades 6-12
Social Science: Geography, Grades 6-12
Social Science: Political Science, Grades 6-12
Social Science: Psychology, Grades 6-12
Social Science: Sociology and Anthropology, Grades 6-12

You must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of coursework in the specific area you wish to apply for and a total of 32 semester hours in social science coursework. 

Secondary Social Science Exams and Requirements:


1) Content Exam for Certification: Praxis 5081, Social Studies: Content Knowledge

You must pass this exam to graduate from this program and be recommended for certification.

This exam also satisfies the WGU Program Requirement


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


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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