Milestone 3: Initiate Licensure

All students pursuing an Educator Preparation Program must meet all Milestone 1 and 2 requirements specific to their program in order to advance to Milestone 3. Specifically, prior to applying for a license or endorsement all students are required to be admitted to Candidacy and one of the following: 1) completed Student Teaching or 2) hold an active PEL. Milestone 3 requirements are only accepted at specific times during the semester.

Completion of all Milestone 3 requirements allows CTE to review students entitlement eligibility, which ultimately allows students to apply for a license and/or endorsement through Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). If a student attempts to apply for a license through ELIS prior to receiving approval from UIC, the student may face fines charged by Illinois State Board of Education.

Milestone 3: Requirements

  1. Attend Program Specific or CTE Student Teaching Orientation
  2. Register for the edTPA
  3. Create Taskstream Account
  4. Submit edTPA, Exit Survey and Technology Survey through Taskstream
  5. Attend Licensure Seminar
  6. Submit Student Teaching Evaluation
  7. Email completed Entitlement Application to the Council on Teacher Education*

* For students who already hold an active Professional Education License (PEL) through the Illinois State Board of Education, this is the only requirement to apply for entitlement.

Milestone 3: Deadlines

During Student Teaching Semester
  • Create Taskstream Account
  • Submit edTPA through Taskstream to Pearson
  • Attend Licensure Seminar
  • Complete Student Teaching Evaluation
After Licensure Seminar
  • Email completed Entitlement Application to CTE.
After Student Teaching Semester
  • Submit Exit Survey through Taskstream
  • Submit Technology Survey through Taskstream

Attend Student Teaching Orientation

All Secondary & Foreign Language Education student teachers must attend the CTE Student Teaching Orientation scheduled for their student teaching semester. Orientation will take place on the first day of the fall and spring UIC semesters. The orientation will provide information on issues pertinent to the student teaching experience. Attendance is mandatory.

Please contact CTE with any questions about orientation.

Register for edTPA

edTPA™ was designed by teachers and teacher educators to support candidate learning and provide data to support preparation program growth and renewal. edTPA is a capstone assessment used to evaluate readiness of student teachers to teach. It also serves as evidence for program review, teacher license and/or state and national accreditation.

At the beginning of student teaching, student teachers must distribute edTPA consent forms to all students in the classroom. Before student teachers record their classroom instruction for the edTPA, they must ensure that they have the appropriate permission from the parents/guardians of the students who appear in the video recording. Below are the English and Spanish consent forms for CPS and NonCPS.

CPS edTPA Consent Forms English

CPS edTPA Consent Forms Spanish

NonCPS edTPA Consent Forms English

Non CPS edTPA Consent Forms Spanish

Student teachers are required to register for the edTPA through Pearson and Taskstream. Click here to download instructions on how to register for the edTPA.

Create TaskStream Account

TaskStream is an electronic portfolio system teacher candidates utilize to submit assessments that are required for licensure. During the student teaching semester (or final semester in a teacher educator program) the student must set up an account with TaskStream ($30.00 per semester).

Refer to the TaskStream Handbook for detailed information on how to create an account, and submit the edTPA. Click here to watch a TaskStream tutorial.

Licensure Seminar

Licensure Seminar is an informative seminar held once every semester that aims to answer students’ licensure questions. The seminar includes information on the entitlement application, deadlines, instructions for submitting required paperwork, and endorsement information.

Information on location and time will be sent to all teacher candidates eligible to apply for entitlement. Email your program representative with questions on eligibility.

Student Teaching Evaluations

Each UIC student participating in a student teaching semester is evaluated using the Student Teaching Evaluation Form. The form is required to be filled out as a midterm or final assessment by a cooperating teacher, field instructor and student teacher, as a self assessment tool. Students are advised to consult with their field instructor to learn more. Please note, the Student Teaching Evaluation form has a short time-out period. Therefore, we recommend evaluators copy the the Student Teaching Evaluation form questions into a word document, compile responses, and then paste responses into the online form.

To complete the Student Teaching Evaluation Form click here.

Entitlement Application

Students are required to email a completed Entitlement Application to the Council on Teacher Education in order to be eligible for license through Illinois State Board of Education. Special Education students are required to email and complete a Special Education LBS ll Entitlement Application form. Contact your special education program representative for more information.

All applications are reviewed once a student’s degree has been posted. Contact the Office of the Registrar for questions on timeline of degree posting. Once a student’s degree is posted and an Entitlement Application has been received, the CTE Licensure Officer will review a student’s eligibility for entitlement.

Entitlement is the official recommendation from a university for a teacher candidate to apply for a license and/or endorsement through the Illinois State Board of Education. The CTE Licensure Officer entitles a teacher candidate after verifying all assessments, field experiences, academic and non-academic requirements of the program have been successfully completed and documented.

Once a student is entitled, the CTE Licensure Officer will contact the student via UIC email. Then, the student must apply for a Professional Educator License (PEL) through an ELIS account.