State Profile

School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs

State Profile - Illinois

April 2018

 


The data included in this 50-state comparison is specific to school leader preparation program and certification requirements. There may be additional requirements that are not indicated. For additional information, questions or comments, please contact Deven Scott at dscott@ecs.org


Standards
Has the state adopted leadership standards? Yes. Illinois has adopted the Illinois Professional School Leader Standards (identical to the 2008 ISLLC standards). Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, § 29.100
Preparation
Which state entity approves traditional school leader preparation programs? Illinois State Board of Education 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/21B-60
Does state policy require school leader preparation programs to align with adopted standards? Yes. Principal preparation programs must prepare candidates to meet the Illinois Professional School Leader Standards. 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/21B-60
Does state policy require field experience as part of school leader preparation programs? Yes. Principal preparation programs must provide candidates with a variety of school leadership situations in diverse settings. State policy provides additional requirements. However, no hour requirement was found. Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, § 30.40
Does state policy allow for innovative or experimental preparation programs? No state policy found.
Certification and Licensure
What are the initial school leader certification requirements? To qualify for a Principal Endorsement - P-12, a candidate must:
  • Hold a master's degree or higher from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • Complete an approved principal preparation program
  • Complete coursework in addressing methods of teaching exceptional children, reading methods, content area reading and methods of teaching English language learners
  • Have at least four total years of teaching or four total years of working in the capacity of school support personnel in an Illinois public/non-public school or an approved out-of-state public/non-public school
  • Receive a passing score on the test of basic skills and IL Licensure Testing System: Principal as Instructional Leader.

Note: If a candidate has three years experience receiving at least a "proficient" performance evaluation rating or two years experience receiving an "excellent" performance evaluation rating, he/she satisfies the experience requirement.
105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/21B-25

Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, § 25.337

Source
What are the requirements for school leaders licensed out-of-state? Out-of-state applicants are held to the same requirements as in-state candidates. However, an applicant may be issued a non-renewable provisional educator endorsement to serve as principal while completing necessary requirements. 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/21B-35
Is there an alternative route to initial certification? An alternative route for administrative certificates exists for National Board Certified Teachers. State policy provides additional requirements. 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/21-5e

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