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Secondary Education Certification talk. 150 Animal Science Bldg 9 a.m. Sept 20, 2011. Council On Teacher Education Jeff Buck Brenda Clevenger Evans Oversee all things related to certification Past – Things like CBC and Bloodborne Pathogen training

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Secondary education certification talk

Secondary EducationCertification talk

150 Animal Science Bldg

9 a.m. Sept 20, 2011


Secondary education certification talk

Council On Teacher Education

Jeff BuckBrenda Clevenger Evans

  • Oversee all things related to certification

    • Past – Things like CBC and Bloodborne Pathogen training

  • Here today to talk about actually getting certified.

  • Obtain certification as soon as you can!!!!-Regardless of other plans (grad school, peace corp, raise a family, etc).

    • Only protected against program changes for 1 year

    • Not protected at all against ISBE changes

    • Other state certification will likely hinge on Illinois certification first


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    • Applying for certification

    • Should not apply until you have taken or are registered for student teaching.

    • Non-Citizens?

      • Use ISBE form 73-03C

    • Citizens

    • Log into student portal

    • Click on “Certification Application” Link

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

      • Name (Should appear as it is in UI-Integrate

        • Name change? Change in UI-Integrate then contact us!


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    • Fill out every item.

    • Endorsements?

      • Click any you want to be considered for

        • Will “automatically qualify for at least one High School and one Middle grade endorsement

        • If you have been pursuing or want an endorsement, check it off. No penalty for asking.

        • Note Section – place notes for any relevant information regarding endorsements . Example: “I am taking ENGL 107 at Moraine Valley CC in Sp’12 to finish requirement for English Language Arts endorsement.” or “I’m taking the Social Science: Economics test in February.”

    • Click “Submit”

      • Neglected fields will not allow you to submit. Program will alert you to any items you still need to complete.

    • COTE will send an email early the next morning to let you know your application has been received.


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    • If you feel you’ve done something in error or want to add something, contact us. You cannot go back online to revise.

    • Non Citizens-Turn in application to COTE

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

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

      • You should also run a DARS audit.

      • No problems? Will put application in pending file waiting for things to be completed.


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    • All should receive an Endorsement email. Sent to e-mail address you indicate.

    • Contact us if something is inaccurate or missing. Little will be done by us if you claim your certificate without all endorsements.

    • End of final semester processing. Things we’ll be looking for:

      • Early Field Experience hours. (Should check Student Portal for accuracy)

      • Approved Portfolio (Jay Mann)

      • Approved Student Teaching Time Report

        • Be accurate and fairly thorough. Only record we will have of your Student teaching.


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    • All required tests

      • At least two

        • Content test which correlates to your program

        • Assessment of Professional Teaching: Grades 6-12

          (More about tests later)

      • Teacher Education Safety Training

      • Departmental Recommendation

        • Should come from Jay Mann

      • Grades

      • Degree

        • Be sure you apply for graduation

        • Your degree must appear on transcripts (June 12th)


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    • Recommending you to ISBE

      • Assuming everything is complete, should occur on or after June 12th

    • Citizens

      • We will contact you at the email at address you gave and provide a link: (www.isbe.net/ecs)

        • At that time, go to this link

        • Create Educator Certification System (ECS) Account

        • Click on “Apply for Entitlement”

        • It should indicate a certificate with a certificate number. In the entitlement complete column, it should say “YES”

          • Click on “Apply online” in the apply status


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    • Walk through the multi-step wizard

      • Be prepared to pay (by credit card)

      • Be sure to register your certificate with a Regional Office of Education (ROE)

      • Paper copy of certificate should arrive in mail

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

    • Non Citizens

      • We will sign and stamp form and mail it back to you along with Notice of Intent to become a U.S. citizen.

      • Bring application, Immigration records, and fee to ROE and apply there.


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    More Information on tests:

    • May Grads. Recommend you take tests on Feb 11, 2012 date.

      • (allows fall back date of April)

    • Regular registration deadline for tests is about a month and a half before test date

    • Be sure you use correct SSN.

    • Have results sent to us.

    • All additional high school endorsements require tests

      • For Science and History majors, adding additional designations in Science or Social Science require passing test and 12 hours in designation.


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    • Other states

      • Likely will require certification in Illinois first

      • Other states may have program verification form.

        • Send to us to fill out. May include when you turn in application.

      • Contact information is on our website under “Certification” and then “Resources”

        • We have little (if any) information about certification in other state so just contact the respective state.


    Student portal

    Student Portal

    • Must sign Student Teaching Agreement before registering for student teaching!

    • Can see information about yourself

      • Early Field Experience (must have at least 80 hrs)

    • Detailed student profile:

      • Tests (contact us if you passed but aren’t showing)

      • Verify that we’ve received your application

        • Under “certifications”


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    Highly qualified

    • By virtue of passing test in your Content area you will be Highly Qualified for that area.

      • Science-all the sciences

      • Social Science-all the social science.

  • Also highly qualified by your major.

  • Should distinguish between “HQ” and endorsements- Can be Highly qualified but not necessarily endorsed and vice versa.

  • More information on Highly Qualified on our website (FAQ)


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    • Summary

      • Location: 505 E. Green Street, Suite 202

        • Upstairs from PNC bank and Coldstone creamery

    • Email:

    • [email protected] (or)

    • [email protected]

      • Include UIN

      • Urgent matters? Don’t use email. Call!

      • No appointments by email. Call office. (217) 333-7195

      • Write Brenda or myself (pick one and stay with one)


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