Illinois State Advisories

Important Advisories for WGU Teachers College students licensing in Illinois (Updated 3/2017)

 

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(March 2017)

Reciprocity Required Again for All Initial Licensure Students 

In August 2016, we notified students that direct licensure was available for graduates of BA Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8), Post-baccalaureate Elementary Education (K-8), MAT Elementary Education (K-8), and BA Special Education programs. However, as of January 6, 2017, Illinois approved SB 2912 which requires all students prepared out of state to hold an initial license in the university's home state. Therefore, students in all WGU initial licensure programs must obtain an initial Utah license before applying for licensure in Illinois. This will require completing a background clearance through the Utah State Board of Education (USBE), and passing the content exam(s) for Utah licensure.

 

Illinois will accept exams required for initial licensure in Utah to meet its Illinois ILTS exams. 

 

Check the individual program article in this handbook for specifics on which exams are required for your program.

 

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(July 2015) 

Initial Licensure Programs: Standards Verification Required by Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
Illinois requires institutions to complete a new State-Approved Program and Completion of Standards Verification form (80-02) for graduates of out-of-state teacher licensure programs.  Among other things, this form asks the institution to verify whether the teacher licensure program covered certain material to align with Illinois certification standards. 

State Licensing Standards and Coursework Requirements
Licensing standards vary by state.  WGU's programs align with all standards in its home state of Utah, but detailed research was needed to determine how WGU programs align with the Illinois standards listed on the 80-02 form.  The required Illinois standards are organized into three groups.  These groups correlate with the additional coursework required (since 2013) for out of state candidates applying for Illinois licensure as shown in the table below: 

 

Standards on 80-02 Form

 

Coursework Required (if Standards Not Met)

 

 

1. Methods of instruction of the exceptional child in cross-categorical special education;

 

A. Cross-categorical special education methods;

 

2.  Methods of reading and reading in the content area;

 

B. Methods of reading; C. Reading in the content area;

 

3.  Instructional strategies for English language learners.  

 

D. ESL/bilingual methods


When completing the State-Approved Program and Completion of Standards Verification form (80-02) form, WGU must verify whether the candidate's program met none, some, or all of these standards.  Since WGU's programs cover diverse age ranges and subject areas, some programs cover some of the standards and others cover all standards.  Please see below for further information about the standards alignment of the different licensure programs.

Standards Alignment Information for WGU Initial Licensure Programs
WGU has reviewed the courses in its initial licensure programs and verified their alignment with the Illinois Standards.  The WGU programs are grouped below, based on which sets of Illinois standards that they have been determined to meet.  WGU will verify the compliance of its programs with Illinois standards as shown below.  Based on our interpretation of Illinois' new rules and information received from ISBE, WGU expects that meeting each set of standards will waive the associated coursework requirement, and unmet standards will cause ISBE to require the candidate to complete the associated coursework to clear the deficiency.  *However, ISBE will make all final determinations regarding license eligibility, and WGU strongly encourages you to wait for them to completely process your application before taking any action toward the completion of any additional coursework. 

 

WGU Teacher Preparation Programs

 

Meets Standards:

 

Expected* Coursework Requirement

 

Elementary Programs:
Bachelor of Arts in Special Education
Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8)
Post-baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program Elementary (K-8)
Master of Arts in Teaching, Elementary (K-8)

 

1, 2, 3 None

 

Middle and Secondary Programs:
Bachelor of Arts in Science (5-9)
Bachelor of Arts in Science (5-12)
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (5-9)
Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics (5-12)
Post-baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program Science (5-9)
Post-baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program Science (5-12)
Post-baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program Mathematics (5-9)
Post-baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program Mathematics (5-12)
Master of Arts in Teaching, Science (5-9)
Master of Arts in Teaching, Science (5-12)
Master of Arts in Teaching, Mathematics (5-9)
Master of Arts in Teaching, Mathematics (5-12)
Master of Arts in Teaching, Social Studies (5-12)

 

1, 3 B. Methods of reading;
C. Reading in the content area;
Early Childhood Education Program:
Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
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A. Cross-categorical special education methods;
D. ESL/bilingual methods

 



*ISBE will make all final determinations regarding license eligibility, and WGU strongly encourages you to wait for them to completely process your application before taking any action toward the completion of any additional coursework. 

If you have questions about this advisory, contact WGU’s Licensure Office at licensure@wgu.edu or 1-866-889-0132, Option 3.




 

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