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Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS)

What Tests Do I Need to Take?

Licensure requirements are subject to change as a result of legislative action and administrative rule change. This website reflects requirements in effect at the time of publication. Consult your college advisor, licensure officer, regional office of education, or the ISBE website link opens in a new window for the most recent information regarding licensure requirements.

It is the individual's responsibility to take the appropriate test(s). If you have questions about which test(s) you are required to take, contact your college advisor, your licensure officer, or the regional office of education through which you are applying for licensure.

Out-of-state and out-of-country applicants will be advised via a deficiency letter as to which tests are required for licensure.

Who Is Required to Take the Tests?

Passing the required licensure tests is one component of the process for licensure in the state of Illinois. In addition to passing these tests, a candidate for licensure must complete all required coursework in an Illinois-approved educator preparation program and complete the field and clinical experience requirements. In addition, successful completion of a content test in the area of teaching assignment is one means of becoming "highly qualified" under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. For more information, please visit the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) website link opens in a new window.

When to Take the Tests

If you are in an Illinois-approved educator preparation program, you should consult with your college advisor or licensure officer about the best time for taking all ILTS tests. For more information, please visit the ISBE website link opens in a new window.

All other licensure candidates—those from out of state and experienced Illinois teachers seeking additional licenses—should remember that they will not receive a license until they have successfully completed the required tests and complied with all other requirements. For further information regarding out-of-state licensure requirements consult the ISBE website link opens in a new window.

Testing Recommendations for Elementary and Middle Grades Candidates

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Testing Recommendations for Elementary Education Candidates

In addition to the current ILTS Elementary/Middle Grades (110) test, the new ILTS Elementary Education (Grades 1–6) (197–200) test is now available.

It is recommended that candidates take the test that aligns with the grade range of their educator preparation program (either K–9 or 1–6). If you are unsure of the grade range of your program, please talk to your college/university licensure officer.

Elementary/Middle Grades (110) test (available through August 2017):

  • Through March 20, 2016, any candidate who has completed or is currently enrolled in any elementary education program should take the Elementary/Middle Grades test.
  • Candidates who are still enrolled in the "old" elementary education programs (K–9) and who test March 21 or after should take the Elementary/Middle Grades test.

Elementary Education (Grades 1–6) (197–200) test (available starting March 21, 2016):

  • Effective March 21, 2016, it is recommended that candidates enrolled in the "new" elementary education (grades 1–6) teacher education programs who have not previously passed the Elementary/Middle Grades test take the new Elementary Education (Grades 1–6) test.
  • Effective March 21, 2016, out-of-state applicants may take either the Elementary/Middle Grades test or the Elementary Education (Grades 1–6) test.

Contact the Illinois State Board of Education at 217-557-6763 if you have any questions.

Testing Recommendations for Middle Grades Candidates

In addition to the current ILTS Elementary/Middle Grades (110) test, new ILTS Middle Grades (5–8) tests will be available starting February 20, 2017 (registration opened in December 2016):

It is recommended that candidates take the test that aligns with the grade range of their educator preparation program (either K–9 or 5–8). If you are unsure of the grade range of your program, please talk to your college/university licensure officer.

Elementary/Middle Grades (110) test (available through August 2017):

  • Middle grades candidates should take the Elementary/Middle Grades test until the new Middle Grades (5–8) tests are available on February 20, 2017.

Middle Grades (5–8) Language Arts (201), Mathematics (202), Science (203), and Social Science (204) (available starting February 20, 2017):

  • Effective February 20, 2017, it is recommended that candidates enrolled in the "new" middle grades (grades 5–8) teacher education programs who have not previously passed the Elementary/Middle Grades test take the new Middle Grades (5–8) test in the appropriate content area (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Science).
  • Effective February 20, 2017, out-of-state applicants may take either the Elementary/Middle Grades test or the Middle Grades (5–8) test in the appropriate content area (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Science).

Contact the Illinois State Board of Education at 217-557-6763 if you have any questions.

A document "The Future of Illinois Middle Grades—Reference Guide PDF document"—which outlines the charge behind the transition and includes frequently asked questions and example scenarios—is available on the ISBE website.

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The APT licensure requirement is transitioning to edTPA. As of Jul 1, 2015 (for out-of-state preparation programs), or Sep 1, 2015 (for Illinois preparation programs and student teaching completed Sep 1, 2015, or later), edTPA® is a requirement for licensure in Illinois.