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Certification News :
ENTITLEMENT ONE-YEAR LIMITATION
The Illinois State Board of Education has now implemented a one-year limitation on entitlements. Candidates that do not complete the certification process within one year of entitlement, will need submit a new request for entitlement. Contact the Educational Licensure Officer for more information.
See Section 25.427 of the lllinois Administrative Code, which states:
“A recommendation for certification of a candidate by entitlement shall be valid for only one year after its issuance by the institution.”
CERTIFICATION TESTING UPDATE
Be advised that beginning July 1, 2012 all Illinois certification tests will be valid for 5 years instead of the current 10 years. The 5-year timeline is determined by the date the test was passed and the date that the fees are processed for the requested certificate or endorsement.
If the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP-400 ) or the previous Basic Skills test (300 or 096) was required for entry into an approved Illinois certification program, those scores will be honored beyond the 5 years.
If the Illinois Basic Skills test was previously passed and was required for the issuance of an Illinois certificate, the TAP test will not be required for any subsequent certificate.
For more information regarding the test attempts policy and study guides, please visit the Illinois Certification Testing System (ICTS) website.
NEW GRADE OF ‘C’ REQUIREMENT FOR ALL COURSEWORK REQUIRED IN TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM
All professional education and content-area coursework that forms part of an application for certification, endorsement, or approval that is received on or after February 1, 2012, must have been passed with a grade no lower than “C” or equivalent in order to be counted towards fulfillment of the applicable requirements. As of July 1, 2010, any candidate in the UIS teacher education program planning to be certified after February 1, 2012 is required to retake any courses with a grade lower than a “C”.