There are a variety of ways students and teacher candidates are assessed throughout their program.  The following are licensure requirements:

Initial Licensure Exam
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  • ISBE requires a passing score on one of the following exams for admittance to teacher education programs:
    • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) – administered by Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS)
    • ACT or SAT
      • ACT Services for Students with Disabilities
      • The Illinois State Board of Education has approved the use of ACT/SAT scores in lieu of a passing score on the TAP with the following requirements:
        • To use an ACT score, the following must be met:
          • Composite score must be at least 22; AND
          • Combined English/Writing score must be at least 19 for tests taken PRIOR to September 2015; OR
          • Writing score must be at least 16 for tests taken September 2015 to September 8, 2016; OR
          • Writing score must be at least 6 for tests taken September 9, 2016 or later.
        • To use an SAT score, the following must be met:
          • SAT combined score (critical reading + math) of at least 1030 and writing score of at least 450 on tests take PRIOR to March 5, 2016.
          • SAT combined score (evidence-based reading and writing plus mathematics) of at least 1110 and a minimum score of 26 on writing and language test for tests taken ON or AFTER March 5, 2016.
      • The official score report must include a writing component.
      • You may use a composite score from one test administration and a writing score from a different administration.  If you choose to combine the scores they must be from the same test (i.e. Composite on ACT and Writing on ACT).

Please review the following for more information:
Step by Step Process:

Content Exam
Content Exams are administrated by the Illinois Licensure Testing Service (ILTS).  Content Exams test your knowledge of your content area.
Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT)
The Assessment of Professional Teaching is only required for those who completed student teaching PRIOR to September 1, 2015.  With the inception of the edTPA requirement, the APT is no longer required.
Student Teaching Assessments
Student Teaching Assessments

Induction Survey
During your first year as a teacher, you and your supervisor will be contacted and asked to complete a survey about how well you were prepared as a teacher. Please take the time to complete that survey!