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:
        • ACT minimum composite score of 22 and minimum combined Writing score of 19 for ACT’s taken PRIOR to September 1, 2015.
        • ACT minimum composite score of 22 and minimum combined Writing score of 16 for ACT’s taken AFTER to September 1, 2015.
        • SAT minimum composite on critical reading + mathematics of 1030 and minimum score on the writing of 450 on SAT’s take PRIOR to 3/5/16.
        • SAT minimum composite on evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics of 1110 and minimum score on the writing and language of 26 on SAT’s take AFTER to 3/5/16.
      • The official score report must include a writing component.
      • If you are using an SAT or ACT score, all scores must be from ONE test administration taken on the same date.

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 will no longer be 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!