Overview of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Licensure Requirements

All students entering teacher education licensure programs are working toward two goals:

  • Completing degree requirements approved and administered by the University of Illinois
  • Completing licensure requirements governed by ISBE. ISBE requirements are subject to change without notice and at any time.

Test of Academic Proficiency (Not required for the Learning and Education Studies major)

All students are required to pass the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) as a criterion for admission to professional education licensure programs. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has determined the ACT Plus Writing/SAT scores can be used in lieu of a passing score on the Test of Academic Proficiency. For details, please see the information available here

ISBE Math Standards:

Students in the Elementary Education program (graduating after September 2017) are required to show proficiency in Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) College Algebra and Statistics standards. 

GPA Requirements:

For continuation in all undergraduate professional education licensure programs, all candidates must maintain:

  1. a minimum campus GPA of 2.5
  2. a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  3. a minimum content area GPA of 2.5
  4. a minimum professional education GPA of 2.5

For students in the Learning and Education Studies program, the minimum campus and cumulative requirement is a GPA of 2.0. 

Grade Policy:

All teacher education programs leading to state licensure involve knowledge acquisition in content areas, as well as methodological practices of effective teaching. Students in teaching licensure programs must maintain a C or better in ALL content and professional education coursework. Please see an Education adviser for a list of applicable courses.

Criminal Background Check:

Criminal background checks are required for all students entering the Elementary Education, Early Childhood, and Special Education programs prior to field placements in school districts. For more information please see: http://www.cote.illinois.edu/clinical/PolicyonCriminalBackgroundChecks.html.

Clinical Experiences Fee:

All students enrolled in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, or Special Education programs in the College of Education will be assessed a one-time clinical experience fee to partially cover the cost associated with early field and student teaching experiences, This non-refundable fee is based on the approved fee at the time you entered the University of Illinois per the Illinois Compiled Statute 110 ILCS 305/25. For more information, please refer to http://www.cote.illinois.edu/clinical/edpr_203.html.