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**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 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. 

Fall 2020 COVID-19 and Teacher Licensure

As we all continue to 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 continued 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. We understand there is a heightened level of anxiety as it relates to this semester and beyond. Please know that every effort is being made to ensure that you do not experience any disruption to your program. Below are some FAQs and very important reminders about upcoming deadlines.

Below are updates from ISBE’s Educator Effectiveness department.

Executive Order:  The COVID-19 licensure executive order expired August 22 and is not renewed.  However, some of the waivers are still in place because they have either been written into permanent law OR they likely will continue to be effective when new permanent rules are in place. Below is the status of the COVID-19 licensure laws and rules.

Part 25 Emergency rules– effective April 27; expiring September 24

Part 25 Permanent Rules (outline some exemptions that will occur anytime the state is under a public health emergency): Public comment due September 7.

*Please be advised that higher education stakeholders are preparing public comment, recommending the extension of waivers related to public health emergency Section 7 of the Illinois Management Agency Act and Subpart L, Part 25.1000 for a period of one semester following the expiration of the public health emergency. While there is no guarantee that this recommendation will be approved, institutions of higher education from across the state believe this is a measure that will alleviate some of the issues candidates are currently experiencing with completing content test requirements for licensure. The requested extension will allow teacher candidates time to fulfill their curricular requirements for licensure and graduation without delay.

Public Act 101-0643 (formerly known as SB 1569):  Effective June 18, 2020. Provides exemption for edTPA anytime there is a public health emergency.

Part 1 Emergency rules- (bilingual education assignability)- effective July 31, expires December 17.

Below are important deadlines and updates for undergraduate and graduate students across all teacher preparation programs.


Application to Candidacy

Fall deadline for Spring: March 1

Spring deadline for Fall: October 1

Urban Education – April 1


Application to Candidacy

Within first two weeks of student’s first semester

Science MEd one-year program, by the 1st day of Summer Session I

Permit to Register for ED 425/432

For Fall semester: March 15

For Spring semester: October 15


Application for Student Teaching

Fall 2021 CTE Student Teaching Application Period: Nov.15th – Feb 15th

Link to CTE Student Teaching Application

Spring 2022 CTE Student Teaching Application Period: March 15th – June 15th

Link to CTE Student Teaching Application

What about edTPA?

As of today, 8/17/2020, we have received notice from ISBE that the edTPA will be waived this fall. ISBE recognizes the difficulty of completing components of the edTPA in a virtual or blended setting. 105 ILCS 5/21B-110 provides that the edTPA shall be waived anytime the Governor has declared a public health emergency. As we enter the 2020-2021 academic year under a public health emergency, the agency has taken the position that the edTPA is waived for the fall 2020 semester. Should the state emerge from its public health emergency status part way through the semester, ISBE will work with the general assembly to continue the waiver through December 31, 2020.

Please know we are here to help and assist you with any questions or concerns you have.  Please email 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.