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Elementary Education certification talk. Nov 8th, 6:30 p.m. 101 Armory. COTE introduction Oversee all things related to certification Past – Things like CBC and Bloodborne Pathogen training Here tonight to talk about process of actually getting certified.

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Elementary education certification talk

Elementary Education certification talk

Nov 8th, 6:30 p.m.

101 Armory

  • COTE introduction

    • Oversee all things related to certification

      • Past – Things like CBC and Bloodborne Pathogen training

    • Here tonight to talk about process of actually getting certified.

  • Obtain certification as soon as you can!!!!-Regardless of other plans (grad school, Peace Corp, etc).

    • Only protected against program changes for 1 year

    • Not protected at all against ISBE changes (Ex: C or better)

    • Other state certification will likely hinge on Illinois certification first

  • Apply for certification
    Apply for certification

    • 2 Phase process:

      • Applying with the Council on Teacher Education (on your student portal)

      • Claiming your certificate on the Educator Certification System (ECS)

    • Applying for certification with COTE:

    • Log onto your student portal(www.cote.illinois.edu)

    • Example: ed-blutarsky (Bluto)

    • Click on “Certification Application”

    • Will ask if your are registered for or previously done student teaching.

      • If you answer no, You should not proceed.

      • Click on “Click here to fill out your application request.”

    • Email address-Recommend you use your most reliable-regular email account.

    • Phone number

    • Degree period

    • Major

    • Certificate

    • Endorsements

      • May choose as many as you wish to be considered for (but please use some common sense)

      • You will all be endorsed in Elementary Education (K-9)(self-contained)

      • Whole list of middle grade endorsements available (all require middle grade courses)

    • Comments

      • Allows you to convey information that application would not otherwise allow.

        • Example: “I am taking a course at Parkland (SPAN 207) to complete the requirements for the Spanish endorsement ” or I’m taking the target language proficiency test in Spanish for the Bilingual endorsment.”

    • The next day, you should receive an email which says the COTE has received your application.

    • Can submit application even if you haven’t yet passed all tests (just need to be registered for student teaching).

    • I will complete an audit based on DARS report or grad audit completed earlier.

      • Problems? Will either contact you or records officer. If contacted, it’s important you respond.

    • Nothing missing? Will put application in pending file until end of spring or summer term

    • Endorsements? Will send Endorsement email. Contact us if something is inaccurate or missing.

    • End of final semester processing.

      • EFE hours (at least 80). (Should check Student portal for accuracy)

      • Student Teaching Time Report

        • Be accurate and fairly descriptive. This is only record we will have of your Student teaching (directions on student portal).

    • Safety Training end of spring or summer term

    • Approved portfolio

    • Departmental Recommendation

      • Should come automatically from Jay Mann if you meet all responsibilities

    • Tests

      • Content test: Elementary/Middle Grades (110)

        • Before student teaching (state law)

      • Assessment of Professional Teaching: K-9 (102)

        • Before certification

    • Grades

    • Degree (must appear on transcripts!!!)

      • Spring graduates – June, 2013

      • Summer grads – September 2013 – Obviously may pose problems for fall employment.

    Claiming your certificate with isbe
    Claiming your certificate with ISBE end of spring or summer term

    • We will contact you at email address you provided.

    • We will provide a link to the Educator Certification System (ECS) (www.isbe.net/ecs)

    • Click on this link. end of spring or summer term

      • If you haven’t already done so, create a “private certification account”

      • Click on “You have an entitlement certificate waiting for your application.”

      • Click on “Apply online”

      • Follow steps.

        • Be prepared to pay by credit card

        • Be sure to register your certificate with a district.

        • Paper copy of certificate will arrive in mail

        • Any school district with your name and SSN can verify certification

    Test information (continued) end of spring or summer term

    • Be sure you request test scores be sent to Illinois

    • Be sure your SSN is accurate (errors may delay certification). Can check your tests on Student portal.

    • Keep test scores forever (or longer)- May need them for out for grad school or Out-of-State certification.

    Changes opportunity for renewing is getting smaller-don’t let your certificate lapse.

    • Effective June 1, 2013 “Certificate” is going to change to a “Professional Educator License”

    • “Types” (example: type 03, 04, 10) will go away

    • “Initial” “Standard” and “National Board Certified” are also “going away”

    • Endorsements will still appear on the license

    • The Assessment of Professional Teaching is going to be offered as a non grade specific test

      • Can still use or take (K-12) version (102)

      • New version is will be a computer-based only.

    Highly qualified
    “Highly Qualified” fiscal years.

    A federal No Child Left Behind definition

    Highly Qualified in: The core academic subjects in grades K-8: Science, Arts, Reading, English/language arts, History, Civics and Government, Economics, Geography, and Mathematics). 

    • How are you Highly Qualified? fiscal years.

      • By passing the ICTS content test in Elementary/Middle Grades (110)

    • Must still be endorsed if you plan to teach in a departmentalized setting.

    • Goal should be to be both “highly qualified” and endorsed.

    • More on Highly Qualified on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of the COTE website (www.cote.illinois.edu)

    Certification in other states
    Certification in other states fiscal years.

    • Likely will require Licensure in Illinois first

    • Other states may have program verification form.

      • Send form to COTE to fill out.

    • “U.S. Teacher Certification Offices” under “Links” in www.cote.illinois.edu

      • If you ask us how to get certified in another state, we’ll likely only refer you to this link for information on contacting the respective states.

    • Certification Map (also under “Links”)

      • Talks about out-of-state certification

      • Addresses “reciprocity”

    • Summary fiscal years.

      • Location: 505 E. Green Street, Suite 202

        • Upstairs from PNC Bank and Coldstone Creamery

    • Website: www.cote.illinois.edu

    • Email

    • (jbuck@illinois.edu or bmclvngr@illinois.edu

      • Pick one of us.

      • Include UIN

      • Urgent timely matters? Don’t use email.

      • No appointments scheduled by email. Call office.

    Cote website www cote illinois edu
    COTE website fiscal years.www.cote.illinois.edu

    Requirements & Procedures

    • Certification Timeline


    • Educator Certification System (ECS)

    • Illinois Certification Testing System (ICTS)

    • Other Certification Tests (for certification in other states)

    • Take Us To School – Resources for student teachers

    • U.S. Teacher Certification Offices

    • Illinois Education Job Bank

      Student Portal