College of Education & Human Services

Educator Preparation

Educator Licensure Information



Individuals interested in receiving an initial Illinois teaching license or current teachers seeking to add an endorsement to their current license, Western Illinois University can help you with your licensure needs.

Initial Professional Educator License (PEL)

A PEL is the credential that allows a person to work as a teacher in a public school in Illinois. An Illinois teaching license requires a bachelor’s degree or higher. All candidates for licensure are required to pass state-mandated exams before licensure is granted. All candidates must pass a basic skills exam. Options for meeting the basic skills requirement include the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), the ACT plus writing, or the SAT. Candidates must pass the content area exam for the area they are seeking licensure. The edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment) must be completed during student teaching. Individuals who have already earned a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching major and are interested in seeking an initial teaching license in Illinois, may apply for an evaluation through the WIU Licensure Office. The Licensure Officer will evaluate your transcripts and provide a list of courses necessary to complete the desired program of study. Course work and/or field experiences may be required at the undergraduate or graduate level, depending on the program sought. Individuals seeking an evaluation of transcripts should contact the Licensure Office (309) 298-1434.

Subsequent Endorsements

An individual who holds a Professional Educator License (PEL) in a teaching field, can add additional content area endorsements. These can be added within the grade range of the license currently held. Individuals seeking a subsequent endorsement outside their current grade range, should contact the Licensure Office to request an evaluation (309)298-1434. The Licensure Officer will evaluate your transcripts and provide a focused program/list of courses necessary to earn the desired endorsement.

Substitute Teaching License

To be eligible for a substitute teaching license, an individual must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. A substitute license is valid for substitute teaching in all grades of the public schools, prekindergarten through grade 12. You apply for a substitute teaching license through the Regional Office of Education (ROE). If you hold a valid professional educator license, you are qualified to be a substitute teacher. You do not need to hold a substitute teaching license.

Licensure Contact Information

Tammy WilsonTammy Wilson

Licensure Officer
309 298-1434
309 298-2117
Horrabin Hall 40
TS-Wilson@wiu.edu

Nancy StonekingNancy Stoneking

Staff Clerk - Licensure
309-298-1434
Horrabin Hall 40
NE-Stoneking@wiu.edu

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for helpful information.

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