College of Education & Human Services

Educator Preparation

Certification Tests

Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS)

In 1985 the Illinois legislature enacted Section 21-1a of the School Code, which established a testing program as part of the state's teacher certification requirements.

Examinees may now register online http://www.il.nesinc.com/ for teacher, school service personnel and administrative certification tests; view and download study guides; and access their test results. This new service will provide certification candidates with easy access to teacher certification testing materials and registration activities.

However, examinees needing to request special accommodations, must apply by mail and complete the Alternative Arrangements Request form and submit proper supporting documentation.


CONTENT AREA TEST: The required content-area tests corresponds to the individual's major field of study in an approved teacher education program in the State of Illinois.

Registration and study guides for the content-area tests are available onlinehttp://www.il.nesinc.com/.

Additonal resources at https://study.com/ilts/ilts-practice-tests.html.

SPECIAL EDUCATION GENERAL CURRICULUM TEST In addition to the LBS1 #155 (content-area) test, Special Education majors must also successfully pass the Special Education General Curriculum Test (#163) This test will assess candidates on the General Curricular Standards for special education teachers. Candidates need to confirm that the passing results are on file with the advising office for student teaching clearance. Candidates will not be allowed to student teach without this verification.

TARGET LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TEST: Candidates for the transitional bilingual certificate must demonstrate proficiency in English and in the target language (Spanish). All bilingual majors must take and pass the Target Language Proficiency - Spanish test. This test is only offered in the Chicago area. Candidates need to confirm that the passing results of the Subject Matter test are on file with the advising office for student teaching clearance. Candidates will not be allowed to student teach without this verification. [Bilingual majors must also take and pass the Elementary/Middle Grade content-area test.]

edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment

All candidates are required to pass the edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment) prior to licensure. The edTPA requires candidates to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to help all students learn in real classroom.s Candidates need to confirm that the passing results of the edTPA are on file with the advising office for licensure clearance.

Check ICTS website http://www.il.nesinc.com/ for test dates, study guides and registration information. Candidates must wait 30 days before retaking the same test on computer.

Advising Contact Information

Jeanne GageJeanne Gage

Teacher Education Advisor
Bilingual/English as a Second Language,
Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Level,
and Special Education
Macomb Campus
Horrabin Hall 40
309-298-2117
JC-Gage@wiu.edu

Schedule an Appointment

 
Kim MorenoKim Moreno

Teacher Education Advisor
Bilingual/English as a Second Language,
Elementary Education
Quad Cities Campus
309 762-9481 ext.62325
KM-Moreno@wiu.edu


Advising Quick Links

Teachers interested in other endorsement areas should contact the licensure office at 309-298-2117