COVID-19 and Teacher Licensure

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 we are also directly communicating any new information with your preparation 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 specifically impact teacher education and licensure requirements.

  1. How could grading changes impact courses in my program required for licensure?
  2. What about clock hours in schools required for subsequent endorsements such as ESL or Bilingual?
  3. What about content testing requirement and timelines?
  4. What about edTPA?
  5. How does this impact advanced licensure programs such as Speech Language Pathology; Social Work; LBSII; Principal; Superintendent?
  6. I have other questions....

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