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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 original documents, error-free (no white-out or write-overs are accepted) to our department via postal mail (faxed copies will not be accepted).

Mailing Address:  
                        Mrs. Catrina Stanley, Office Manager
                        Department of Educational Leadership
                        Eastern Illinois University
                        2320 Buzzard Hall
                        600 Lincoln Avenue
                        Charleston, IL  61920

Once the forms have been processed by the Department of Educational Leadership, the student's packet will be forwarded to the College of Education and Professional Studies for completion of the Entitlement Request.  The Certification Officer will then send an email to the e-mail address entered on the Entitlement Request Form that the student's packet is ready for final completion online through the Educator Certification System website through the Illinois State Board of Education (http:/www.isbe.net/ecs).

 

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.

The mailing address to send official transcripts to is:

                       Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
                       Attn:  Teacher Certification Department
                       100 North First Street
                       Springfield, IL  62777

Students may request official transcripts through Eastern Illinois University by visiting the Registrar's website.  For students earning either a Master's in Educational Leadership or a Specialist Degree in Educational Administration, you must request official transcripts after your degree has been posted.  Ensure that you mark "AFTER GRADUATION IS POSTED" and the "SEMESTER/YEAR" of Graduation on your transcript request form.  Students who do not mark the appropriate box will need to request another transcript before certificates will be issued. 

To order transcripts click here.

 

Additional questions about applying for state certification may be directed to Catrina Stanley, Office Manager, Department of Educational Leadership at 217-581-2919 or by email at clstanley@eiu.edu.

 

Alumni Who Have Completed Requirements Beyond Three (3) Years

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

1.  Verification of Experience Form   click here

                     

2.  State-Approved Program Verification Form (ISBE 73-05 Form)  click here

                 Example Form:  State-Approved Program Verification  click here
               

Please send the completed original documents, error-free (no white-out or write-overs are accepted) to our department via postal mail (faxed copies will not be accepted).

Mailing Address:  
                        Mrs. Catrina Stanley, Office Manager
                        Department of Educational Leadership
                        Eastern Illinois University
                        2320 Buzzard Hall
                        600 Lincoln Avenue
                        Charleston, IL  61920

Once the forms have been processed by the Department of Educational Leadership, the student's packet will be forwarded to the College of Education and Professional Studies for completion of the Program Verification Form.  The Certification Officer will then send the completed Program Verification Form directly to the Illinois State Board of Education for certificate approval.

Students will need to send their official transcripts directly 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.

The mailing address to send official transcripts to is:

                       Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
                       Attn:  Teacher Certification Department

                       100 North First Street
                       Springfield, IL  62777

Students may request official transcripts through Eastern Illinois University by visiting the Registrar's website.    

To order transcripts click here.

 

Students will then follow up with their local Regional Office of Education to finalize any certification materials.

Additional questions about applying for state certification may be directed to Catrina Stanley, Office Manager, Department of Educational Leadership at 217-581-2919 or by email at clstanley@eiu.edu.

 

 

 

State of Illinois Educator Preparation/Educator Certification Changes (Updated 2/4/2011)