Prerequisite Coursework in Illinois
All states require that prospective teachers have at least a Bachelor’s Degree and complete a state-approved teacher preparation program to receive certification. Some states also have specific course and credit-hour requirements.
Teacher education programs generally consist of two elements—curricula and fieldwork. Curricula generally includes instruction on teaching fundamental skills, pedagogy (the science of teaching) and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. Fieldwork often includes field observations, internships, student teaching or a combination of all three. Check with your teacher preparation program or the Illinois Department of Education for more information about specific requirements.
Illinois Teacher Certification Programs
Teacher Certification Programs can be taken online or on-site. They typically include an educational theory and classroom skills seminar and a fieldwork component of student teaching in the area. A list of accredited teacher preparation programs in Illinois can be found on the Illinois Department of Education website.
Required Tests for Illinois
Illinois uses its own specialized testing system and requires the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) Test of Academic Proficiency, as well as the ILTS Content-Area Test in your desired subject.
You can learn more about teacher certification exams by visiting Teach.com’s teacher certification tests page.
Initial Teaching Certifications
To earn your Illinois teaching credential you will have to complete the appropriate amount of undergraduate coursework and standardized tests, as well as an accredited certification program. You can learn more about types of certifications and certification requirements on the state’s Department of Education website
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