Health Education Certification in Illinois

If health education is your passion, you may find yourself in a classroom teaching students how to perform CPR or have a healthier diet. In this article, we'll look at the steps needed to become a teacher in Illinois.

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Health teachers in Illinois work apart from physical education teachers to promote wellness. If you'd like to learn more about the certification process for health education teachers in Illinois, read on.

Requirements for Health Teachers in Illinois

Average Salary for Teachers in Illinois (2017)* $62,620 (Elementary School)
$66,630 (Middle School)
$68,380 (Secondary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Required Field Health Education
Testing Requirements Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) PK-12
Health Education Content Area test (211)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Education

In Illinois, teachers must have a bachelor's degree to be able to teach health education. These teachers will focus their teaching on health and wellness, most commonly in middle and high school. You'll be encouraging positive behaviors, as well as a healthier lifestyle. Besides nutrition courses, you'll likely take courses on substance abuse, sexuality, mental health, first aid, community health, healthcare systems, and psychopathology. You'll also end up in an internship program with a school, where you'll work in a classroom under a mentor.

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Step 2: Complete Required Exams

There are a number of exams that the Illinois Department of Education asks prospective teachers to take through the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS). The first exam you'll take is the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). The basic knowledge exam looks at reading comprehension, language arts, writing, and math. To take all four subtests at once, you'll be given five hours. The cost for all four subtests together is $113, otherwise it is $68 for each subtest. On these four subtests, you'll find that each has a different makeup. The writing test is an essay, while the math exam has 50 multiple choice questions, and the reading comprehension and language arts exams have 60 multiple-choice questions apiece. You must earn 240 or higher on each subtest in order to pass.

The next exam you'll take is the Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) exam for grades PK-12. This exam is made up of 120 multiple-choice questions and two constructed responses. You'll have four hours and 15 minutes to complete the exam with a score of 240 or higher. The cost for this exam is $99.

Finally, you'll take the endorsement content knowledge exam. In this case, the Health Education exam. You'll have 195 minutes to complete this exam, which is made up of 100 multiple-choice questions. These questions are divided between four categories: health promotion/risk reduction, physical health, health education, and health literacy. The cost of this exam is $122, and again, you must score 240 or higher to pass.

Step 3: Obtain Background Checks

You will need to get a background check completed for the school district in which you want to work. The FBI and Illinois State Police will use a LiveScan of your fingerprints to run the background check. This background check will include a look at criminal history, the sex offender list, and a crimes against children registry. Check with the school district that you want to apply to for more information.

Certification Resources for Health Education Teachers in Illinois

Since you'll need to take some exams for your health education certification, why not let us help? Below, you'll find some links to study guides to help you out with some of the ILTS exams.

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