Council on Professional Education (COPE)
Office: Brookens, Room 310
Licensure News :
ENTITLEMENT ONE-YEAR LIMITATION
The Illinois State Board of Education has now implemented a one-year limitation on entitlements. Candidates that do not complete the licensure process within one year of entitlement, will need submit a new request for entitlement. Contact the Educational Licensure Officer for more information.
See Section 25.427 of the lllinois Administrative Code, which states:
“A recommendation for certification of a candidate by entitlement shall be valid for only one year after its issuance by the institution.”
NEW GRADE OF ‘C’ REQUIREMENT FOR ALL COURSEWORK REQUIRED IN TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM
All professional education and content-area coursework that forms part of an application for certification, endorsement, or approval that is received on or after February 1, 2012, must have been passed with a grade no lower than “C” or equivalent in order to be counted towards fulfillment of the applicable requirements. As of July 1, 2010, any candidate in the UIS teacher education program planning to be certified after February 1, 2012 is required to retake any courses with a grade lower than a “C”.
Per Public Act 99-0058, no score on a test required under this Section, other than a test of basic skills, shall be more than 10 years old at the time that an individual makes application for an educator license or endorsement (or is entitled by an Illinois institution). The test of basic skills is valid indefinitely. Content Tests, APT, edTPA: Valid for 10 years.