If you plan to postpone your teaching career, you still need to process your Professional Educator License after graduation.
In order to officially graduate from Illinois State as an Education major, you must meet all requirements for ISBE entitlement. If you do not have all requirements for the ISBE licensure (such as passage of the edTPA test), you have not completed the entitlement program. We cannot, therefore, notify the ISBE that you have completed your entitlement program (ISBE regulation).
If Illinois State cannot notify the ISBE, then Illinois State cannot award you your degree or officially graduate you.
If you are unable to meet all entitlement requirements at the time you anticipated graduating Illinois, your only options are to either postpone graduation until you can meet those requirements or change your major to a noneducation major and then meet those major requirements.
Failure to apply for your teaching license or failing to regularly renew your registration can cause delays, additional costs, loss of endorsements and/or loss of approval for your entitlement program.
The ISBE is continually revising and updating the standards for teacher licensure. Current time limits for the initial application is within 12 months from when the entitlement notification was given to the ISBE and six months from issuance of license to have it registered with an ROE.
If you waited too long after completing your approved entitlement program to apply for licensure, you will need to:
If you completed your application but failed to renew your registration while you were not teaching, you will need to pay back fees and potentially take additional course work to regain your status as a certified teacher.
See the ISBE website for more information.