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Becoming Licensed in Illinois

In order to become licensed in Illinois, individuals must complete a state approved preparation program (or hold a valid and comparable out-of-state certificate), meet all coursework and testing requirements, and meet all other requirements detailed in Illinois statute and rules. Please review the Directory of Approved Programs for the Preparation of Educational Personnel In Illinois Institutions of Higher Education. Should you have questions regarding completing an Illinois approved program, please contact the appropriate institution.

For more information please refer to our FAQ document.

Alternative Licensure Program Information

Individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and have related work experience may be interested in one of Illinois’ Alternate Licensure Programs.

Should you have questions regarding completing an alternative Illinois approved program, please contact the institutions that offer such approved programs.