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3 - Illinois Educator Preparation Program Admissions Requirements
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Transition Points

Check out this resource for each of our certification programs in Illinois:

Certification Support

First, review the list of exams aligned with the licensure endorsement you seek.  Then, visit the ILTS Website to register for your exams.

Relay provides many resources to help prospective students prepare for certification/licensure.  

  • Click here, to learn more about general certification information. 

  • Click here, to see information about certification cost and budgeting.

  • Click here, to access certification studying and support materials.

If you would like more information on how to obtain a testing voucher, please reach out to [email protected] 


Transition Point 1: Illinois Graduate Alternative Licensure Program 

Educator Preparation Program Admission: 

Relay Application - EPP Items Deadline: 

Summer Term Start: July 26, 2024

Transition Point Deadline: August 3, 2024


Applicants for admission to the Illinois Graduate Alternative Licensure Program must demonstrate meeting the following criteria: 


Bachelor’s Degree:

Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an institution of higher education that has institutional (formerly regional) accreditation through one of the U.S. Department of Education’s approved accreditation agencies: HLC, MSCHE, NECHE, NWCCU, SACSCOC, WSCUC. Verify your institution’s accreditation status on the Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs here.


Minimum GPA:

Have at least a cumulative 2.50 GPA on all coursework previously attempted at an accredited institution of higher education from which the bachelor’s degree was conferred.

  • Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below the Relay minimum of 2.50 may apply to be admitted to Relay’s Illinois educator preparation programs via exception to Relay’s GPA policy who have:
    • Earned a 2.50 GPA in their last 60 credit hours of their undergraduate program, or
    • Earned a master’s degree or higher with a GPA of 2.50 or higher.
  • Applicants who do not meet the above criteria may be prompted to have a secondary recommendation submitted that will be used to evaluate their eligibility for admissions to Relay. 

Subject-Specific Coursework: 

Meet minimum credit requirements for the endorsement sought.


Demonstration of Content Knowledge:

Pass the ILTS Content Area Exam(s) required for the endorsement sought. 


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