Educator preparation programs of the University of Iowa College of Education are approved by the state of Iowa for Iowa teaching licensure. These notes are to assist students who plan to teach in Illinois with preparation for Illinois teaching licensure. State licensure requirements can change without notice, and students who plan to teach in states other than Iowa are responsible for monitoring licensure requirements in the states where they plan to teach.

Which License: PEL or ELS?

Students who complete the University of Iowa Teacher Education Program and apply for and receive an Iowa Initial teaching license should be eligible for a teaching license in Illinois. Students who have completed all Illinois course and testing requirements should be eligible for the Professional Educator License (PEL). Students who have not completed all Illinois course and testing requirements should be eligible for the Illinois Educator License with Stipulations (ELS); these students will need to complete additional requirements while teaching in Illinois to become eligible for the Professional Educator License (PEL).

Prepare to Apply

Things to complete while at the University of Iowa

Things you can do while at  the University of Iowa, or while teaching in Illinois

Application

Supplemental Course Options

Questions

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) licenses teachers in the state of Illinois, and publishes instructions, requirements, and forms. If you have questions about Illinois requirements for endorsements, testing requirements, or other aspects of applying for a teaching license in Illinois, an Illinois Regional Office of Education may be the best source of information.

Updated: 02/05/2018