**COVID-19 Office UPDATE

Starting from 12pm on Monday, 3/16/2020, the CTE office will be temporarily closed pending further coronavirus updates. Our staff members will be working remote during this time period. Please refer to the below section for a list of FAQ’s we have compiled regarding the teacher licensure process.

To schedule a virtual appointment with CTE, please visit the Contact Us page of the CTE website. For any other questions, please email us at uic_cte@uic.edu and be sure to include a call back number so that we can easily reach out to you. We apologize for any slight delays and we thank you for your patience. 

COVID-19 and Teacher Licensure

***New Updates from ISBE***

On April 24, 2020, Governor Pritzker signed Executive Order 2020-31. The executive order provides relief on various licensure requirements including those candidates who were to complete student teaching, internships, and required exams, during the spring 2020 semester. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) filed companion emergency rules on April 27, 2020 and released final emergency rules and supporting FAQs on April 29, 2020 regarding professional educator licensure requirements for the Spring 2020 semester. 

Please know that as new information is made available, we will communicate new information with your preparation directly with your program coordinator/faculty. The FAQs below have been updated to reflect the 4/29/20 ISBE emergency rules. The Council on Teacher Education will keep you as updated as possible as we receive any new directives from the state and university that could impact teacher education and licensure requirements.

As we all navigate these unprecedented times, The Council on Teacher Education is in direct and constant communication with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), and other state leadership groups as policies and mandates are considered and shifted in response to the impact of COVID-19 and educator preparation programs. Please know that we are also directly communicating any new information with your preparation program coordinator/faculty. Below are some FAQs to keep you as updated as possible as we receive official directives from the state and university that could specifically impact teacher education.

1. How will my early field clinical placement site’s transition to remote learning impact my early field clinical requirement and licensure?

As of Friday, 3/27/2020, ISBE officially released guidance that all Illinois schools would move to remote learning beginning 3/31/2020 until the time that face-to-face instruction can resume. You can find the ISBE guidance here, which also includes additional resources and guides for remote learning. Please check with your program coordinator for specific information on available options.

2. How will my student teaching placement site’s transition to remote learning impact my student teaching requirement and licensure?

As of Friday, 3/27/2020, ISBE officially released guidance that all Illinois schools would move to remote learning beginning 3/31/2020 until the time that face-to-face instruction can resume. You can find the ISBE guidance here, which also includes additional resources and guides for remote learning. Please check with your program coordinator for specific information on available options.

3. How could grading policy changes (i.e. pass/fail or credit/no credit) impact courses in my program required for licensure?

The coursework required in your teacher preparation program has been approved by ISBE which allows the Council on Teacher Education to entitle you for licensure upon successful completion of that coursework, clinical experience, and other state requirements.  One of these requirements is that all required licensure coursework must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

The credit/no credit option is chosen by the student and credit is defined by UIC as a grade of D or better. Therefore, receiving a “credit” grade for a course would only meet ISBE requirements if the grade is a C or better. At this time, undergraduate students are advised to select a grade for all required coursework. 

*The credit/no credit policy for graduate students is aligned with ISBE’s requirement that licensure coursework is completed with a grade of C or better. Therefore, receiving a “credit” grade for a course would meet ISBE requirements. 

We are communicating with all program faculty as these grading options are considered.  We are all working together to smooth your coursework path while also making sure all licensure requirements are protected.

May 1, 2020 Update from ISBE:  During the time of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation (currently Spring 2020 semester), The grade of C- or higher requirement is being temporarily lifted.  You must, however, receive a passing grade in order for required coursework to count toward licensure.

4. What about clock hours in schools required for subsequent endorsements such as ESL or Bilingual?

On Friday 3/27/20, ISBE communicated to all licensure programs across the state that they will be pursuing emergency action and providing official guidance in regard to clinical hours required for endorsements.  They are working hard to secure this emergency action and we will post any new directives here and communicate them to program faculty as soon as we receive them.  As you can imagine, ISBE priorities have been making sure Illinois learners are safe, fed, and that schools are supported in remote learning.  We do expect a directive from them soon that supports the candidate’s pathway to licensure and does not negatively impact that goal.

May 1, 2020 Update from ISBE:  Teacher education candidates are eligible for a short-term approval if all coursework requirements for the endorsement have been met, but they are unable to complete all required fieldwork experience or the required target language proficiency test (only applicable to the bilingual endorsement).  Clarifications to consider:

  • The short-term approval is valid for three fiscal years and not renewable.
  • The application fee for the approval is $50.
  • During the three-year validity period, the individual must pass the target language proficiency test and/or complete three months of teaching experience in an ESL or bilingual setting (as applicable to the endorsement sought) to be eligible for the full endorsement.
  • Three months of teaching experience waives the fieldwork requirement.
  • To receive the final subsequent endorsement, once all clock hours and/or test have been completed, candidates may either contact the Council on Teacher Education (CTE) for entitlement or apply through ISBE.  Either method will cost the candidate $50 above the amount paid for the short-term approval.  If you do not need the endorsement for your job, you may want to wait until you can complete the final requirement to save the $50.

5. What about content testing requirements and timelines?

On Friday 3/27/20, ISBE communicated to all licensure programs across the state that they will be pursuing emergency action and providing official guidance in regard to content test passage and timelines required for student teaching.  They are working hard to secure this emergency action and we will post any new directives here and communicate them to program faculty as soon as we receive them.  As you can imagine, ISBE priorities have been making sure Illinois learners are safe, fed, and that schools are supported in remote learning.  We do expect a directive from them soon that supports candidate’s pathways to licensure and does not negatively impact that goal.

6. What about edTPA?

On Friday 3/27/20, ISBE communicated to all licensure programs across the state that they will be pursuing emergency action and providing official guidance in regard to edTPA passage and timelines required for licensure.  They are working hard to secure this emergency action and we will post any new directives here and communicate them to program faculty as soon as we receive them.  As you can imagine, ISBE priorities have been making sure Illinois learners are safe, fed, and that schools are supported in remote learning.  We do expect a directive from them soon that supports candidate’s pathway to licensure and does not negatively impact that goal.

We know you are all in very different places in regard to the edTPA and the unknown is stressful.  Some of you have videotaped and submitted, congratulations!  Others of you have videotaped and are waiting to submit based on state direction.  Some of you did not have the opportunity to complete your videotaping before the move to remote learning and we understand how that is adding to the stress of this situation.  We believe ISBE is working on options to best get you to licensure.  If you are far along in this process and have submitted your edTPA, this is an opportunity to demonstrate your professional understanding of circumstances that could not have been predicted or anticipated.

May 1, 2020 Update from ISBE: Candidates who completed all program requirements (excluding student teaching) during the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation are eligible to receive the professional educator license without passing the edTPA.  Only professional educator candidates who were scheduled to complete the edTPA and unable to complete the edTPA due to COVID-19 related school closures during spring 2020 semester are eligible for this exemption.

We know you are all in very different places in regard to the edTPA and the unknown is stressful.  Some of you have videotaped and submitted, congratulations!  Others of you have videotaped and are waiting to submit based on state direction.  Some of you did not have the opportunity to complete your videotaping before the move to remote learning and we understand how that is adding to the stress of this situation.  If you are fortunate enough have get a majority of your student teaching experience and your edTPA recorded and submitted before this unpredictable, emergency situation ensued, please be professionally grateful and excited for that timing.  If, however, you are upset by having submitted, the University nor the state of Illinois received your edTPA registration fee and we have no authority over the refund of those fees.  We suggest contacting Pearson directly with those questions.

7. How does this impact advanced licensure programs such as Nursing; School Social Work; LBSII; Principal; and Superintendent? 

CTE staff are working with ISBE and very closely with the program coordinators for these advanced programs.  The requirements are very unique in each of these programs and your Program Coordinator will communicate with you the most recent directives.

8. I have other questions…

Please know we are here to help and assist you with any questions or concerns you have.  Please email uic_cte@uic.edu or call us at (312) 355-0714.

Welcome to the Council on Teacher Education at UIC

The Council on Teacher Education (CTE) within the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs supports students and faculty in over twenty Illinois educator and school personnel preparation programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). CTE oversees the programs that prepare students for licensure in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade school settings by the Illinois State Board of Education.