All teacher candidates must pass three tests and one performance based assessment in order to obtain a teaching license in Illinois.
- Qualifying ACT Plus writing or the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
- The Content Area Test
- The Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) test
- The Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)
The Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or Qualifying ACT Plus writing score: Prior to Admission to the Teacher Education Program
Students must pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) OR have an ACT Plus Writing composite score of 22 and a 19 or higher combined English/writing score before they can enroll in any education course following EDN 101,Teaching Today.
|Preparing for the TAP|
If you don't have a qualifying ACT Plus Writing score:
- Retake the ACT Plus Writing to try to earn the qualifying score; or
- Pass the TAP prior to enrolling in any education course following EDN 100, Teaching Today
The TAP consists of four independently scored subtests:
- Reading comprehension: 60 multiple choice questions
- Language arts (grammar and writing): 60 multiple choice questions
- Mathematics: 50 multiple choice questions
- Writing: 1 constructed-response assignment
Content Area Test: Prior to Residency (Student Teaching)
Each content area test consists of 125 multiple choice questions.
You need to pass this test prior to the Residency (student teaching); students typically take it junior year.
The various content tests include: elementary education, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, history, English, PE, music, art, Spanish, German, and French.
Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT): Prior to Licensure
The APT assess your professional and pedagogical knowledge and skills. The APT consists of 120 multiple-choice questions and 2 constructed-response assignments.
This test is taken during your final year of the program.
Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA): During Residency (Student Teaching)
The edTPA is a national assessment used in teacher education programs.
There are three tasks for each subject area:
You're required to submit the following materials for this assessment:
- Plans for three to five lessons
- Video clips of your teaching
- Assessments utilized in the lessons
- Samples of students’ work along with your feedback
- Comprehensive commentary and analysis of your planning, instruction and assessment