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Language Teacher Requirements in Illinois

Sep 25, 2019

Knowledge of a second language is a valuable skill for students. Those interested in teaching the skill of a second language to students in Illinois will need to become officially credentialed to teach. Read on to find out about the requirements involved in obtaining a Professional Educator License (PEL) in Illinois for language teaching.

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As well as the successful completion of a preparatory program and the educational requirements therein, there are also specific Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) assessments that need to be passed to meet the requirements for obtaining a PEL in Illinois.

Illinois Language Teacher Requirements

Average Salary for Illinois Teachers (2018) $62,140 (Elementary); $63,860 (Middle School); $72,370 (High School)*
Required Degree Bachelor's
Degree Field Foreign language education or a foreign language
Testing Requirements Content area test, edTPA assessment

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Education Requirements

The first requirement is obtaining a bachelor's degree from an Illinois Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) and completing an approved teacher preparation program. The completion of a preparatory program is a requirement to obtain a PEL in Illinois through the traditional route. In order to teach a language, you will also need to demonstrate your fluency and ability to teach that language, typically by majoring in the education of that given foreign language or in the language itself. The program itself will include teaching-focused classes, fieldwork, and education relevant to your specific area of desired licensure.

Assessment Requirements

Successfully passing the certification assessments is the next requirement. In Illinois, these assessments are typically taken during the teacher preparation program, and scores are to be submitted by the administrators of the IHE. The first assessment is a content area test. This test is used to show your qualifications to teach the specific subject area you wish to be licensed to teach. Those wishing to be licensed to teach a language will need to pass the given foreign language content-area test that corresponds to the specific language they wish to teach.

The next part of this requirement is to pass an edTPA teaching assessment. The edTPA is a subject-specific assessment of performance and teaching ability. The edTPA offers assessments in world languages, and you will need to pass the assessment that corresponds to the specific language you wish to be certified to teach.

Application Requirements

Once you have completed all of the requirements to become licensed in Illinois, you next need to submit an application. Much of this application will be filled out by your university. The application will show what type of license you have and which teaching areas you are qualified to teach. Your university will also show your successful passing of the assessment requirements and your completion of the preparatory requirements, including the successful completion of student teaching.

Resources for Prospective Illinois Language Teachers

Check out the following resources to help you meet the requirements of obtaining a PEL:

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