Illinois – State Information

MEA President: John Currey
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Brayer Teague
ALF Member Email:


2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/11/2021
Adjourns: 1/13/2023

Cross-Over Deadline  
Budget Deadline  
Introduction Deadlines  
Governor J.B. Pritzker (D)
Education Committee Chairs

House Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee:
CHAIR: Rep. Michelle Mussman (D)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Fred Crespo (D)

Senate: CHAIR: Sen. Kimberly Lightford (D)
VICE CHAIR: Sen. Christopher Belt (D)

Partisan Split House: D       Senate: D
House Clerk Contact 217-782-8223
Senate Secretary Contact 217-782-5715
Carryover to 2022 Yes

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule  

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Annie Brooks, Division Supervisor, 217-782-395
Title IV Director

Look bottom of Title IV page for principal consultants – Illinois
breaks up their state level federal programs people by
geography – they will handle all Titles I, II and IV questions for
the districts in their area.

Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds School year – application to be released in June; quarterly
reports beginning October once funds disbursed


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

IL Music K-12 Professional (5-year) None if accepted into college education program, otherwise Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), ACT, SAT, or state-approved basic skills test from another state Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS): Music (212) Part of the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS) Content Exam: Music (212) edTPA Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework; Special Education, ESL, Reading Instruction $100 application (in-state)
$150 application (out-of-state)
$10 annual registration fee per region or county
Yes July 2020

COVID-19 Information

Starting The 2020-21 School Year

Title IV Success Stories