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Our department and the Regional Offices of Education do not automatically start the certification process for students. Students must initiate and apply for their Illinois State Certification Teacher Leader Endorsement, Principal Endorsement, or Superintendent Endorsement.

REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATION

Master's in Educational Leadership (MSED) - Teacher Leader Endorsement

  • Successful completion of M.S. degree in Educational Leadership
  • Passing of TAP examination (Test 300, Test 400 or Basic Skills Test 096)

Master's in Educational Leadership (MSED + PEP) - Principal Endorsement

  • Successful completion of M.S. degree in Educational Leadership
  • Successful completion of Principal Endorsement Program (PEP)
  • Passing of TAP examination (Test 300, Test 400 or Basic Skills Test 096)
  • Passing of Principal examinations Test 195 and Test 196 **Individuals who have passed Principal Test 186 within the past 5 years are not required to take Test 195 and Test 196**
  • Four (4) years of full-time teaching or, until June 30, 2019, school support personnel experience on a valid professional educator license in a public or nonpublic school recognized by ISBE.

Educational Specialist in Educational Administration (Ed.S.) - Superintendent's Endorsement

  • Successful completion Ed.S. degree in Educational Administration
  • Passing of TAP examination (Test 300, Test 400 or Basic Skills Test 096)
  • Passing of Superintendent Test 187
  • Two (2) years of full-time experience as a principal, director of special education, or chief school business official

ISBE requirement information can be found here.


ENDORSEMENT APPLICATION PROCESSES

Current Students or Alumni Who Have Completed Requirements in the Past Three (3) Years

Students who have completed the degree requirements for certification in the past three years must complete the following forms:

1. Verification of Experience Form click here

2. Administrative Entitlement Request Form click here


Please send the completed documents to:

Dr. Doug Bower
Eastern Illinois University
1420 Buzzard Hall
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920

Once the forms have been processed you will be sent an email to the e-mail address entered on the Entitlement Request Form outlining what you need to do to complete the process.  It is very important that you do not apply for your endorsement directly with ISBE prior to being notified.

Students are now responsible for sending their official transcripts to the Illinois State Board of Education. This includes any universities as to which transfer coursework has been applied toward the degree of completion or certification.

Additional questions about this process may be directed to the Dean's Office, College of Education & Professional Studies, 217-581-2524 or by email at djbower@eiu.edu

Alumni Who Have Completed Requirements Beyond Three (3) Years

Students who have completed the degree requirements/requirements for an endorsement beyond three years should contact Dr. Doug Bower at djbower@eiu.edu.