Teacher Professional Development in Illinois


The Illinois State Board of Education assumes the responsibilities of certificating all educators.

Educator Certification
  • Must complete a state approved certificate preparation program (or hold a valid and comparable out-of-state certificate).
  • Meet all coursework and testing requirements.
  • Meet all other requirements detailed in Illinois statute and rules.

Alternative Certification Program
Individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and have related work experience may eligible for one of Illinois’ Alternate Certification Programs.

Types of Teaching Certificates
  1. Initial Certificate
  2. Standard Certificate
  3. Master Teaching Certificate

Initial Certificate
In addition to completing four years of teaching, one of the following professional development requirements must be met to transition to a Standard Certificate:

Standard & Master Teaching Certificates
Standard teaching certificates are issued to teachers who have more than four years of teaching experience and/or were issued certificates prior to February 15, 2000. Master teaching certificates are issued to those with National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification. Standard/Master certificate holders employed on either type of certificate in Illinois public schools must complete professional development to renew the certificates. Professional development opportunities include:
  • Advanced degree
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification
  • Eight semester hours of graduate-level coursework
  • Subsequent Illinois certificate or endorsement
  • No Child Left Behind designation of "highly qualified" in another teaching area
  • Four semester hours of approved graduate-level coursework in either:
    • Self-assessment
    • NBPTS certification preparation
  • Continuing Professional Development Units Accrual