April 16, 2018

Illinois Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $57,819
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $45,020

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in Illinois schools. The state is currently revising the documentation concerning coursework requirements, but you may obtain details from the regional offices of education, as listed in this document:
Directory of Regional Offices of Education and Intermediate Service Centers

You will also need to complete an Illinois-approved teaching certification preparation program. A list of approved programs is available in this PDF:
Directory of Approved Programs

For a list of alternative teacher preparation programs, see
the National Center for Alternative Certification Web site.


For teacher certification in Illinois, you’ll need to take a basic skills, content area test or assess for basic teaching skills:
Illinois Certification Testing System (ICTS) Official Site: http://www.icts.nesinc.com/ | ICTS Test

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Illinois has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about Illinois Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Illinois for four years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the Illinois State Department of Education about teacher certification at this address:
Illinois State Board of Education
100 N. 1st Street
Springfield, IL 62777

Or you can call at 866/262-6663.
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Illinois teacher certification process:

Illinois State Board of Education:

Illinois Teacher Certification Review

Illinois Educator Certification: