Last week, we identified the different types of certificates available through the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the different programs at the College of Education (COE) that make students eligible for those certificates. BUT – completing a program is just ONE of the requirements for an ISBE certificate.
In addition to completing an ISBE-approved program, students who want an Illinois certificate must also successfully complete State certification tests. These State certification tests are administered by the Illinois Certification Testing System (ICTS). These tests are both computer-based and paper-based and are offered once a month throughout the academic year. Each certificate has different test requirements, so check with your academic advisor to determine which tests you need to take. Visit the ICTS website to view the test schedule for this year and to register for your required tests.
Also, it should be noted that ISBE implemented the following testing policy in 2010 : “No individual may attempt to pass the same test more than five times.” Students or registrants who attempt the same test five times and don’t pass will not be allowed to register for that same test. To avoid this from happening to you, you’ll want to invest time in preparing for your tests. The COE offers test-prep assistance through the Academic Success Center (ASC) from tutoring to workshops to study guides.Last academic year, we discussed the office in great detail, so browse through our blog to refresh your memory. But more importantly, remember to stay in close contact with your academic advisor, who will explain your certification requirements to you, including which tests you are required to take. With careful planning and preparation, you can accomplish your goals!