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Educator Licensure

Out of State and Foreign Applicant Information

Illinois Licensure (9/27/16)

The Illinois State Board of Education issues the following types of licenses:

The links below detail the requirements for obtaining licensure in Illinois.

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Out of Country – Applicants Prepared as Educators Outside of the United States (5/11/16)

Requirements for Out of Country Applicants:

  • Be prepared as an educator outside of the United States
  • Meet all coursework and testing requirements
  • Meet all other requirements detailed in Illinois statute and rules
  • Be legally eligible for employment in the United States

Foreign educational credentials will need an evaluation converting them to equivalent American semester credits and courses. The course by course evaluation will need to specify which grade level you were prepared for as a teacher and the American degree equivalence of your foreign credentials.

We require the original foreign credential evaluation report and copies of your foreign documents made from the originals by your regional superintendent.

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For more information about the application process, registering your license, and an explanation of Illinois licensure terminology, please view the FAQ document. Please visit the Illinois Certification Testing System Website for information regarding test registration, test dates, fees, study guides, and much more!

  • Still have questions? Please contact your Regional Office of Education
  • ISBE Educator Licensure Division Contact Information:
  • Call Center – 217.557.6763
  • Fax Number: 217.524.1289
  • Email – licensure@isbe.net
  • Mailing Address:

    Illinois State Board of Education
    Educator Licensure Division
    100 N. First St.
    Springfield, IL 62777

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