Illinois State Teacher Licensure

Candidates may submit an application to the Illinois State Board of Education to receive the Illinois Special K-12 Type 10 Certificate in Music upon completion of the following:

  • All required coursework, student teaching, comprehensive examinations, and institutional obligations.
  • Recommendation for certification, submitted to the state office by VanderCook.
  • All three pertinent Illinois teacher certification examinations*:
    • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
    • Music Content-Area Test
    • Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) Test
  • Satisfactory completion of a federal fingerprint criminal background check.

*The State of Illinois allows a lifetime maximum of five attempts to pass any certification test.

This certificate is subject to renewal based upon ISBE requirements.

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