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Teaching in Illinois is a great option for anyone looking to work as an educator. The Illinois teacher certification process is overseen by the Illinois State Board of Education Division of Educator Licensure. We have outlined the traditional path describing how to become a teacher in Illinois below. For more information on alternative pathways to licensure, see our guide to Illinois alternative teacher certification.

How to Become a Teacher in Illinois

Illinois requires all prospective teachers to hold a bachelor’s degree. For traditional-route educators, the bachelor’s degree curriculum will include a teacher preparation program. Additionally, anyone wanting to obtain Illinois teacher certification must first fulfill the requirements stipulated by the state’s Department of Education. In Illinois, this process is called entitlement.

Illinois issues three types of teacher licenses: Professional Educator License (PEL), Educator License with Stipulations (ELS), and Substitute License. For each of these licenses, candidates may earn endorsements appropriate to the subject area(s) and grade level(s) to be taught. There are three exams that prospective teachers must pass: a basic skills test, the appropriate content area exam(s), and the edTPA. There are also alternative routes to licensure for those who already have a bachelor’s degree but have not completed a teacher preparation program.

Quick Guide

  • I want to be a teacher in Illinois, but don’t have a degree: Earn an Education Degree
  • I want to be a teacher and have a degree, but not in education: Learn about Illinois’ Alternative Certification Process and Programs
  • I have a teaching degree and am interested in more education: Learn about Master’s Degree Education Programs or Doctorate Education Programs and Information.
  • I am already certified and want to teach in another state: Learn about Teacher Certification Reciprocity.
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Finding Approved Teacher Education Programs in Illinois

One of the first steps toward earning Illinois teacher certification is to complete a state-approved teacher preparation program at an accredited college or university that fulfills the Illinois standards for teacher education. Student teaching field experiences are required as part of the teacher preparation program.

It is imperative that applicants attend a teacher preparation program that has been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). You can find a list of approved educator preparation programs on the ISBE website. You can also compare key metrics for these state-approved teacher preparation programs by using the sortable table on our Illinois schools page.

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Applicants should also look to make sure that the schools considered are regionally accredited. Programs from out-of-state that hold regional accreditation from one of the six regional accreditation agencies may be acceptable for Illinois teacher licensure. Illinois schools are accredited by Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Additionally, accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is highly regarded. This organization was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Accreditation Council (TEAC). CAEP accreditation is considered a distinguished marker of rigorous standards in the teacher preparation curriculum and process.

Illinois Teacher Education Requirements

Traditional certification programs typically require that students complete at least 15 semester hours in an area of specialization or major in a specific field. Those who attend preparation programs out-of-state must complete 32 semester hours of content coursework. For those who pursue alternative Illinois teacher certification, a bachelor’s degree in a content area that aligns with the certification area is required, and the college or university administering the teacher preparation program attended determines whether further study in the content area the candidate intends to teach is necessary. Student teaching and pre-student teaching field experiences are also required as part of the teacher preparation program. Once all coursework requirements are met, the teacher preparation program will notify the Illinois State Board of Education that the candidate is eligible for a license, allowing him or her to apply for licensure. Note that once issued, an Illinois teaching license must be registered online to be valid.

Illinois Teacher Testing Requirements

The Illinois Teaching and Certification Resource (3)Teaching candidates must pass several tests to be eligible for an Illinois teaching license. At the beginning of the process, before an individual can be admitted to a teacher preparation program, he or she must typically pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or post acceptable scores on the ACT or SAT exams to waive the TAP requirement. The assessments required for licensure after completing a preparation program include applicable content-area tests through the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS), a basic skills test that assesses skills in reading, writing, and math, and the edTPA. Passing scores on content-area tests are typically required prior to student teaching as part of the candidate’s teacher preparation program.

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Additional Illinois Teacher Certification Requirements

As in all states, becoming a certified teacher in Illinois requires new teachers to submit to a state and federal background check. Fingerprint-based Criminal History Records Information (CHRI) background checks are run through the Illinois State Police (ISP) and the FBI. All applicants must submit a fingerprint card to proceed with the background check before they turn in their teaching applications.

Illinois Teachers Licensing Application Process

The path to obtaining teaching certification in Illinois is a fairly straightforward process if you are attending an approved teacher preparation program. Once you have completed all the requirements as stipulated by the state’s Department of Education, you must apply for a teaching license. The Teacher Certification Office receives the majority of applications in June, July, and August and recommends that candidates submit supporting documents three to four months in advance of their estimated date of employment. The required documents to become a teacher in Illinois are as follows:

  • Official transcripts showing proof of bachelor’s degree
  • Official transcripts showing proof of completing an accredited teacher preparation program
  • Passing scores on the required exams
  • Payment of non-refundable processing fee
  • Completed application for teacher certification

Candidates must begin their licensure application online through the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS). Supporting documents should be e-mailed to ISBE. Visit the Illinois Department of Education for further details on teaching certification in Illinois.

Illinois Teacher Outlook, Salary, and Jobs

During the 2016-2017 school year, there were an estimated 4,173 public schools in Illinois with a K-12 student population of just over 2 million.3 With an estimated 128,893 public school teachers, this gives Illinois a student-to-teacher ratio of 15:1.3

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Projections suggest that there will be 4,320 average annual job openings for elementary school teachers, 2,230 average annual job openings for middle school teachers, and 3,110 average annual job openings for secondary school teachers in Illinois through 2026.2 In the state, the average annual salary for elementary school teachers is $62,140, the average annual salary for middle school teachers is $63,860, and the average annual salary for secondary school teachers is $72,370.4 The Illinois Education Association (IEANEA) provides further information on the current job market and teacher licensing procedures.

TypeNumber EmployedAverage Annual Salary
Preschool Teachers24,120$31,500
Preschool Teachers, Special Education960$57,280
Kindergarten Teachers4,630$55,660
Elementary School Teachers65,630$62,140
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School9,670$63,740
Middle School Teachers22,230$63,860
Middle School Teachers, Special Education3,420$63,330
Secondary School Teachers43,720$72,370
Secondary School Teachers, Special Education8,440$69,840
Secondary School Teachers, Career/Technical Education1,970$66,840

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2018.4

Teacher Shortages in Illinois

According to the US Department of Education Teacher Shortage Area report for 2021-2022, Illinois broadly has the following shortages:5

  • Academic Intervention (At-Risk, Remedial Reading)
  • Academically Advanced (Gifted Education)
  • Art and Music Education
  • Career and Technical Education (Business Education, Computer Programming, Computer Technology, Family and Consumer Science, General, Industrial Arts)
  • Core Subjects (Elementary Education), K-8
  • Drivers Education (Driver and Traffic Safety Education)
  • English as a Second Language (Bilingual, English as a Second Language)
  • Health and Physical Fitness (Health Science, Physical Education), K-12
  • Language Arts (English, Reading, Reading Resource Specialist)
  • Mathematics (Basic and Advanced, Algebra)
  • Science (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, General Science, Physics)
  • Social Studies (Sociology)
  • Special Education (All Exeptionalities, Bilingual Special Education, Deaf/Hearing Impairment, Generic, Language and Speech)
  • Support Staff (Resource Teacher)
  • World Languages (Any World Language, Spanish)

According to a report from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the year 2021 saw around 1,700 unfilled teaching positions in the state.6 Over 40% of these positions were in Cook County, which includes the Chicago metropolitan area.6 Including administration positions, support personnel, and paraprofessionals, the Board reported a shortage of over 4,000 positions, again–most of which were in the Chicago metro area.6 Still, compared to the total number of full-time teachers in the state, the number of total unfilled positions only represents about a 3% deficit.6,7

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Illinois School District Requirements

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a teacher in Chicago, review our city page below. On this page, you will find a step-by-step description of how to become a teacher in Chicago public schools as well as information on private and charter schools in the area, becoming a substitute teacher, and contact information for the public school system.

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Teacher Quote “Don’t worry about being the perfect teacher – worry about your growth as a teacher. I have become the most successful when I have picked small things to change (group work, rubrics, assessments) and only focus on one thing at a time.” -Elizabeth Gates, Illinois Middle School Math Teacher

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Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How do I become an elementary teacher in Illinois?

Answer: To become an elementary teacher in Illinois you must earn certification through the state’s Board of Education. You need to complete an elementary teaching program as well as a student teaching assignment of 12 to 16 weeks. You must also pass the state’s teacher exams on basic skills and teaching standards.

Question: How do I become a kindergarten teacher in Illinois?

Answer: To be a kindergarten teacher in Illinois, you need to get an elementary certificate from the state. You must have a bachelor’s degree with a major in early childhood education and have completed a teacher preparation program. You also have to have completed a student teaching experience and pass the Illinois certification exams.

Question: What are the requirements to become a high school teacher in Illinois?

Answer: To become a high school teacher in Illinois, you must have secondary certification. To qualify, you need to have a bachelor’s degree with adequate coursework in a teachable subject area and complete a teacher preparation program. You must also have student teaching experience and pass the state’s certification tests, including content-area exams in the subject(s) to be taught.

Question: How do you become a substitute teacher in Illinois?

Answer: Illinois offers two different types of substitute teaching licenses – a Short-Term Substitute License, which requires an associate’s degree or 60 hours of college credit hours, and a regular Substitute License, which requires a bachelor’s degree. Short-Term Substitute Licenses have a limitation of five consecutive days and require license holders to complete a training program. You can read more about substitute teaching requirements on the Illinois State Board of Education’s website.

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References:
1. Illinois State Board of Education: https://www.isbe.net/
2. Projections Central, Long Term Occupational Projections: https://projectionscentral.org/Projections/LongTerm
3. National Center for Education Statistics, State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Data, 2016-2017: https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/stnfis.asp
4. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2018 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Illinois: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_il.htm
5. US Department of Education, Teacher Shortage Areas: https://tsa.ed.gov/#/reports
6. Illinois State Board of Education, Unfilled Positions 2021: https://www.isbe.net/unfilledpositions
7. Illinois Report Card, Total Teachers FTE: https://www.illinoisreportcard.com/state.aspx?source=teachers&source2=totalteacherfte&Stateid=IL

FAQs

Will the edTPA be waived in Illinois 2023? ›

In accordance with Section 25.1015 of Part 25 of the Illinois Administrative Code, due to this disaster proclamation, the edTPA licensure requirement will now be waived during the spring 2023 academic term. The earliest it could be required again is during the fall 2023 term.

How do I get certified to teach in Illinois? ›

Candidates must apply for a license through the Illinois State Board of Education. The process requires a bachelor's degree, specific coursework, student teaching experience, and passing scores on licensure exams. Teachers must then meet continuing education requirements to renew their credential.

Where can I teach with an Illinois teaching certificate? ›

Once you have completed your degree and earned your Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL), you will be qualified to teach in schools in Illinois as well as in every other state in the U.S. except Alaska, Iowa and Minnesota.

Is there a shortage of teachers in Illinois? ›

The 2021 Illinois Educator Shortage Survey found that 88% of the 663 school districts that responded to the survey were having problems finding teachers and substitute teachers. Why are so many school districts having such difficulty filling teaching positions this academic year?

What is a passing edTPA score in Illinois? ›

Assessment Areas and Passing Scores for Illinois
Illinois Initial Teaching Endorsement AreaedTPA HandbookIllinois Passing Score
Middle Grade MathematicsMiddle Childhood Mathematics39
Middle Grade Literacy/Language ArtsMiddle Childhood English-Language Arts39
Middle Grade ScienceMiddle Childhood Science39
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What score do you need to pass the edTPA? ›

The edTPA itself does not have an official passing score. Each program or state sets its own, known as a “cut score.” The cut score ranges from 37 to 42.

What is a teacher's salary in Illinois? ›

How much does a Public School Teacher make in Illinois? The average Public School Teacher salary in Illinois is $56,942 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $47,556 and $69,428.

How Much Do Illinois teachers Make? ›

How much does a Teacher Elementary School make in Illinois? The average Teacher Elementary School salary in Illinois is $63,361 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $51,995 and $76,523.

Do you need a teaching degree to teach in Illinois? ›

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.

How long does it take to get a PEL in Illinois? ›

To become a member of TFA, you will need to apply, go through a series of interviews, complete a month long training, and, if necessary, relocate to Chicago. Throughout your two-year commitment, you will gain the necessary skills and complete all ISBE requirements to earn your PEL.

How long does it take to get a teaching certificate? ›

How many years do you have to study to be a teacher? The minimum number of years to become a qualified school teacher is four years.

What is a Type 9 teaching certificate in Illinois? ›

Type 03 – Elementary Teaching Certificate and Type 09 – Secondary Teaching Certificate.

Can you substitute teach without a degree in Illinois? ›

Substitute License

Must hold a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Beginning January 1, 2023, applicants enrolled in an approved Illinois educator preparation program may qualify for the substitute license with at least 90 semester hours of coursework.

Can I teach in Illinois with an out of state license? ›

Illinois offers full reciprocity. At the time of the initial evaluation for an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL), educators will be considered for all areas listed on his or her valid, comparable out-of-state license.

What is causing teacher shortage? ›

In August, the Economic Policy Institute released data that found teachers make about 23% less in their profession than “comparable college graduates” in other fields. This low pay, combined with teaching during a pandemic and other stressors, has caused many teachers to resign.

Is edTPA hard to pass? ›

Completing the edTPA is about careful planning and hard work, but it's also psychological. As difficult as the edTPA can be at times, the requirements are widely considered best teaching practices.

What percentage of people fail edTPA? ›

Special Education has a 98% pass rate (64/65 candidates), Agriculture Education has a 97% pass rate (31/32 candidates), and Physical Education's rate is 94% (16/17 candidates).

Does Illinois still require the edTPA? ›

The edTPA should align with the individual's student teaching placement. The State requires passage of the edTPA prior to licensure, but institutions can choose to require its passage before awarding credit for student teaching.

What happens if I don't pass the edTPA? ›

If you fail the edTPA you may select one of these options: Re-take the edTPA: You can re-take the edTPA to try to achieve a passing score. You can either re-take just one task of the edTPA or you can re-take the entire edTPA. You should consult with the SUNY Cortland edTPA advisor about the retake process.

How many lessons do you need for edTPA? ›

How much time do I need? The edTPA is composed of 3–5 consecutive lessons. The exact length of time will be determined by the length of each lesson, how many lessons you include in your learning segment, and how long it takes you to respond to the commentary prompts and assemble and submit your work for scoring.

How do I study for edTPA? ›

Ace Your edTPA
  1. Read the entire handbook before you begin. ...
  2. Carefully read the prompts and answer all parts of each question. ...
  3. Practice before recording your learning segment. ...
  4. Capture every day of your learning segment. ...
  5. Don't try to be perfect. ...
  6. Focus on the students. ...
  7. Complete Task 3 BEFORE you complete Task 2.
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What school district in Illinois pays teachers the most? ›

Niche ranked Glenbrook High School District 225 as the best in the country for teachers. The district pays its teachers an average of $103,465 per year, which ranked just ahead of New Trier Township High School District 203, which came in as the nation's second-best place to teach.

Where do teachers get paid the most in Illinois? ›

Highest paying cities for Teachers near Illinois
  • Campus, IL. $33.14 per hour. 11 salaries reported.
  • Waukegan, IL. $27.61 per hour. 8 salaries reported.
  • Naperville, IL. $24.42 per hour. 42 salaries reported.
  • Chicago, IL. $21.82 per hour. 221 salaries reported.
  • Peoria, IL. $17.13 per hour. 6 salaries reported.
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How much does a teacher with a master's degree make in Illinois? ›

Illinois: $94,950 – $118,760.

What is the minimum teacher salary in Illinois? ›

Governor JB Pritzker signed Public Act 101-0443, the “Minimum Salary Act,” into law on August 22, 2019. The Act establishes minimum salary levels for full-time teachers in Illinois, which begin at $32,076 in fiscal year 2021 and increase by annual increments to $40,000 in FY 2024.

How much do beginning teachers make in Illinois? ›

How much does an Entry Level Teacher make in Illinois? The average Entry Level Teacher salary in Illinois is $42,973 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $35,890 and $52,396.

Is Illinois a good state for teachers? ›

In our study, the lower the score, the better the state is for teachers.
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Overall ranking of best and worst states for teachers in 2022.
StateIllinois
Overall score6.12
Overall cost of living rank20
Student/teacher ratio rank22
Average annual wage rank13
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How much do subs make in Illinois? ›

Substitute Teacher Salary in Illinois
Annual SalaryHourly Wage
Top Earners$36,320$17
75th Percentile$29,056$14
Average$27,562$13
25th Percentile$20,083$10

Do student teachers get paid in Illinois? ›

Student teaching is not a paid experience.

Is there a teacher shortage in Chicago? ›

Just since the onset of the pandemic, Illinois has added nearly 2,000 teachers to public school districts across the state. Despite this data, teachers' unions claim there is a shortage of teachers and education staff. Vacancies exist in public schools, and they have for decades.

How much is a PEL in Illinois? ›

The professional educator license (PEL) application fee is $100. You must also register your PEL with a Regional Office of Education (ROE) before it is valid. The fee to register your license is $50.

Do you need a teaching degree to teach? ›

Do you need a teaching degree to teach? Nope! If you've earned a bachelor's degree in any subject you can enroll in an alternative teacher certification program to become a licensed teacher in the states.

Why does Idfpr take so long? ›

A spokesperson for the IDFPR said several factors can increase individual processing times, including applications submitted with incomplete or insufficient information or personal history issues requiring further Department review.

What is the maximum age to become a teacher? ›

KPSC Age Limit and Age Relaxation

To apply for the teacher recruitment exam, a candidate must be between 21-42 years.

How long does the average teacher teach? ›

Years of teaching experience and grade level taughtTotalRural
Remote
Average number of years14.215.3
Years of teaching experience
Total100.0100.0
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How much do teachers get paid? ›

Let's get started! Data from the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics show that the average public school teacher salary nationwide is $63,645. In the United States, the average teacher earns $16.00 per hour.

What is a Type 73 certificate in Illinois? ›

The purpose of the School Service Personnel Certificate K-12 (formerly Type 73 Certification) is to enable students that have a prior master's degree in counseling or a related area to meet Licensure/Endorsement requirements for the Educator's License with a School Counseling Endorsement in the State of Illinois.

What is Type 75 certification Illinois? ›

In Illinois, this sequence of courses qualifies the student for the State of Illinois General Administrative Certificate (Type 75), which is required for the position of assistant principal or principal, assistant or associate superintendent and similar positions.

What does it mean to be highly qualified teacher in Illinois? ›

To demonstrate competence they must hold a full certificate, bachelor's degree, AND have a major, or state exam, or advanced degree, or advanced certificate in every core subject taught.

How many days can you substitute teach in Illinois? ›

Can serve in place of a contracted teacher for up to 90 days or for school year 2022-2023 for 120 days or in emergency situations for up to 30 days when no teacher is under contract with the district. Application and $50 application fee* required for employment.

How long does it take to get a substitute license in Illinois? ›

Once your application is approved and your transcripts are received (typically 1-2 weeks), you will receive an email from ISBE (the Illinois State Board of Education), prompting you to log back into your account to register your Sub License.

Can you substitute teach in Illinois with an associate's degree? ›

Education Requirements

Prospective substitute teachers who have completed an associate's degree or at least 60 semester credits of coursework can apply for the short-term substitute license. This license allows you to substitute teach for no more than five consecutive days per licensed teacher.

What states accept Il teaching license? ›

Once you have completed your degree and earned your Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL), you will be qualified to teach in schools in Illinois as well as in every other state in the U.S. except Alaska, Iowa and Minnesota.

What is a PEL license in Illinois? ›

In order to serve as a teacher, school support personnel, or an administrator in the state of Illinois at a public or recognized non-public school, you must obtain a Professional Educator License (PEL).

Can I teach in Illinois with a Texas teaching certificate? ›

Illinois recognizes valid teaching certificates from other states, as long as candidates also have a bachelor's degree. Applicants just need to follow the application process in order to obtain an Illinois teaching certificate.

What type of teacher is most in demand? ›

Which teaching subject is most in demand? While specific needs vary by institution, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are subjects that are always in high demand.

Why are teachers leaving the profession 2022? ›

The tension and responsibility that educators like Gillum faced during the pandemic — combined with long-standing issues plaguing the profession, plus the coarsening of debates about classroom control, teacher pay and respect — have caused many to make the tough choice to leave the classroom.

What state needs teachers the most? ›

Of the nine states where vacancy rates are highest, Mississippi faced the highest vacancy rates, with 68 missing teachers per 10,000 students for the 2021-22 school year. In contrast, Utah's vacancy rate was less than 1 per 10,000 students.

Can the edTPA be waived? ›

To All Credential Candidates: Free Exams

You are eligible for a fee waiver for the CBEST, CSET, RICA, edTPA, and CalAPA. Now is the time to take the exams you still need for your credential.

Is the edTPA required in Illinois? ›

The State requires passage of the edTPA prior to licensure, but institutions can choose to require its passage before awarding credit for student teaching.

What grade levels are required to administer the Illinois Science Assessment? ›

Illinois administers a federally required science assessment to all students in fifth, eighth, and eleventh grade. Students scheduled to take the state alternate assessment (DLM-AA) are not required to take the ISA.

Does Ma require edTPA? ›

Under the current state mandate, in Fall 2019 students will now be required to pay an additional $300 for edTPA. If they do not receive a passing score, they will have to pay additional fees and will be required to return to the university for an additional semester.

Is the edTPA required in Illinois Spring 2022? ›

edTPA is a requirement for teacher licensure in Illinois.

How much does edTPA cost? ›

What does the edTPA cost? The edTPA costs $300, which includes official scoring and score reporting to the candidate and to the program designated by the candidate during registration. Additional score reports are $50.

How can I become a teacher without a credential? ›

Can I Teach in California Without a Credential? While it's not possible to teach in a California public school without a credential, you could still work in the following positions: Private school teacher: According to California state regulations, teacher certification is optional for private schools.

Is the edTPA hard to pass? ›

Completing the edTPA is about careful planning and hard work, but it's also psychological. As difficult as the edTPA can be at times, the requirements are widely considered best teaching practices.

How many times can you retake edTPA? ›

A candidate can register for only one retake at a time (either full-assessment retake or partial retake). Candidates must wait to receive scores from their last submission before they can register for another retake.

Why do you need edTPA? ›

The edTPA is a performance-based assessment used by teacher preparation programs throughout the US to measure and support the skills and knowledge required of teachers in the classroom. Aspiring teachers must prepare a portfolio of materials during their student teaching experience.

Does the Illinois science assessment matter for college? ›

The ISA represents Illinois' commitment to preparing all students for college and careers, including in the high-demand science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The assessment also satisfies federal accountability requirements.

What is a good score for Illinois science assessment? ›

The average 2016 and 2017 score in the State of Illinois was 300. Work at this level meets the standard. It is acceptable work that demonstrates application of essential knowledge and skills. Minor errors or omissions do not detract from the overall quality.

Does IAR testing matter? ›

Is IAR testing mandated? Yes. Also, the State Superintendent of Schools has clearly stated that there is no option for parents to stop their child from participating in state achievement testing with the IAR.

How many lessons do you need for edTPA? ›

How much time do I need? The edTPA is composed of 3–5 consecutive lessons. The exact length of time will be determined by the length of each lesson, how many lessons you include in your learning segment, and how long it takes you to respond to the commentary prompts and assemble and submit your work for scoring.

How do I study for edTPA? ›

Ace Your edTPA
  1. Read the entire handbook before you begin. ...
  2. Carefully read the prompts and answer all parts of each question. ...
  3. Practice before recording your learning segment. ...
  4. Capture every day of your learning segment. ...
  5. Don't try to be perfect. ...
  6. Focus on the students. ...
  7. Complete Task 3 BEFORE you complete Task 2.
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Which states still require the edTPA? ›

Seven states – Georgia, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin – have adopted policies for using edTPA. Other states, including Illinois and Ohio, are considering edTPA policies at the state level.

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