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). To be entitled to the Professional Educator License (PEL), all professional education and content-area coursework must be passed with a grade of “C” or higher, and student teaching coursework must be passed with a grade of "B" or higher. All coursework completed for subsequent endorsements must be passed with a grade of “C” or higher. If a student attempts to apply for a license through ELIS prior to receiving approval from UIC, the student may experience significant delays in the licensure process.
Milestone 3: Requirements
- Attend Program Specific or CTE Student Teaching Orientation
- Register for the edTPA
- Submit edTPA
- Submit Exit Survey and Technology Survey through Qualtrics*
- Attend Licensure Seminar
- Submit Student Teaching Evaluation
- 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, these are the only requirements to apply for entitlement.
Milestone 3: Deadlines
|During Student Teaching Semester||
|After Licensure Seminar||
|After Student Teaching Semester||
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.
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.
Students are required to complete an Entitlement Application 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 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.
CTE highly recommends applying through the university entitlement process. Submitting an application through ISBE can significantly delay the licensure process.
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.