School Library Connection


Contact Information

Illinois State Board of Education
100 W. Randolph, Suite 14-300
Chicago, IL 60601

100 N. 1st Street
Springfield, IL 62777

(312) 814-2220 (Chicago)
(866) 262-6663 (Springfield)

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:

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.