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Illinois Approved Programs


Educator preparation programs at Illinois are accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education and the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board.  Our programs include intensive, supervised field experiences to support candidate professional growth.  

The Professional Educator License in Illinois is the initial educator license and often referred to as the PEL.  When teacher candidates  are working toward their initial license, they are at the same time working toward their first or primary endorsement area.

Please be aware that educator licensure requirements vary by state.  The licensure programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are designed to meet Illinois requirements for licensure and are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.  If you intend to practice and get licensed in any other state, there could be additional courses or clinical or testing and assessment requirements unique to that state.  We strongly suggest you research the licensure requirements of the state you are intending to practice in.  Your Illinois program coordinator may also be able to assist you with this research in your specific licensure area.  Please feel free to  contact CoTE if you have additional questions.

Learn more about the programs available at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign by clicking on the links below.