Illinois Certification

Aside from Michigan, the state of Illinois is the top state for Spartan Teachers to call home after finishing the TPP. Any time you’re thinking of teaching in another state you will need to follow the steps necessary for transferring your teaching license (in this case you’re transferring a Michigan license to an Illinois license, even if you’re a Chicago intern). The best place to find the most up-to-date information on how to do this is by going to the Board of Education web site for that state. They can be hard to navigate, but will have the most accurate information.

For now, I want to share information from both our College of Education web site AND from a former Chicago intern, Cheryl G., on paths for obtaining a state of Illinois teaching licence. Thank you Cheryl for your information and expertise! Note: her strategy is to first sub! A great foot-in-the-door technique for any young teacher. Please see her strategy here:

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The College of Education website shares a sightly different route, please go to http://www.educ.msu.edu/certification/certification-update/illinois.asp for those details and instructions.

For information on teaching in other states, we suggest using the site certificationmap.com.

Looking Out of State?

In addition to checking individual district web sites in your state of choice, also consider checking out free recruiting agencies to help you find additional opportunities across various schools and geographic regions.

For example, Southern Teachers recruits qualified teachers for its open positions. Complete the online application to be considered for teaching jobs that match your qualifications.

About Southern Teachers:

The agency has helped private/independent K-12 schools find qualified teachers since 1902. Today it works with over 600 schools from Maryland to Miami and west to Texas.

According to ST, independent schools can be a great incubator for young teachers to develop their skills and maximize the potential of their students. They have small classes full of students preparing for college and a focus on learning and innovation – not on test taking. You can read more about ST here.

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