The College of Education offers approved programs for State of Illinois licensure in ten areas of study. Students may be eligible for the following endorsements upon completion of the respective programs:

  • Early Childhood Education (birth-3)
  • Elementary (K-9) Teaching
  • General Administrative/Principal
  • Learning and Behavioral Specialist I (K-12)
  • Physical Education (K-12)​
  • Reading Specialist (K-12)
  • School Counseling
  • Secondary (6-12) Teaching
  • Superintendent
  • World Language (K-12)

Please note that state licenses include requirements beyond program requirements. For teaching licenses three tests are required: a Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), a test of Content Area knowledge, and an Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT).  For other areas a test of Content Area knowledge is required. The tests are given by the State of Illinois at regularly scheduled times each year.  Students are advised to confer with program faculty or the academic advisors for further information.

Licensure is not automatic upon completion of a program.  The student must apply.  Forms and procedural information are available in the College of Education.

Timeliness is important.  Ordinarily, only graduate work completed within the past ten years is acceptable for purposes of applying courses for licensure requirements.  If the degree was granted more than ten years past, the Assistant Dean in consultation with program faculty may grant a recommendation for licensure upon the successful completion of appropriate courses and/or comprehensive examinations in the program.  In all instances current licensure requirements must be met.

All licensure and endorsement requirements are subject to change based on Illinois State Board of Education modifications in requirements.  All individuals must meet ISBE requirements in place at the time of application for the license.