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Frequently Asked Questions

I've heard the terms "content area test" and "subject matter knowledge". What is the difference?

They are referring to the same test. The terms are interchangeable.​

Do I need a substitute license to sub right after student teaching?


No. You can substitute teach with your regular teaching license.

Graduate Students

Possibly. If you want to substitute teach during the few weeks after student teachign ends and before you get your regular teachign license, you will need to obtain a substitute license.

I want to be a school counselor. Do I have to get a teaching license?

No, but you will have to take coursework in addition to what is required for applicants who do have a teaching license.​

Does my Professional Educators License (PEL) expire?

Yes, your license does expire. Please visit the ISBE website for more information.​

If I am licensed in Illinois, can I teach in other states?

There is not a national license. Please visit the Cross State Certification Guide for more information.​