School Library Media Certification by State: Illinois

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Illinois State Board of Education

100 W. Randolph, Suite 14-300

Chicago, IL 60601

(312) 814-2220


100 N. 1st Street

Springfield, IL 62777

(866) 262-6663

Please note the Educator Certification Division responds only to phone calls. Please call (217) 557-6763 or contact your Regional Office of Education

Illinois Department of Education:

Certification Requirements

Teacher Licensure Needed:  Yes

Master’s Degree Needed: No

Library Media Content Test Needed: Yes – Library Information Specialist (175 or above)

Other Testing Needed: Yes, Illinois Certification Testing System (ICTS – and edTPA

Description: Individuals seeking the secondary level, elementary or middle school endorsement in Library Information Specialist will be required to complete either a major in the content area or have 24 semester hours with 12 at the upper division and pass the content test for Library Information Specialist for the state of Illinois.

Library Information Specialist: Acceptable coursework includes library administration, reference, cataloging and classification, research and accessing information resources, and selection of library materials appropriate to the population to be served. Electives include instructional media, online searching, developing educational software, media services and production, professional and ethical issues, and use and management of learning technology systems.

Evaluation Process for Licensure

The criteria for eligibility for individuals who hold a valid and comparable certificate are:

  • Pass an Illinois content-area test unless they have passed a certification test that would be applicable to a subject area of endorsement.
  • Pass the test of Basic Skills and appropriate subject-matter knowledge test.

Note: Acceptance of content tests in other states will be determined by ISBE.

Reciprocity: Illinois does not offer full reciprocity with any other state. At the time of the initial evaluation for an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL), educators will be considered for all areas listed on an out of state license.

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