A teaching license issued by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) based on:
- Completion of a bachelor's degree.
- Completion of a state approved licensure program at an institution of higher education.
- Completion of coursework related to the exceptional child, particularly the learning disabled, reading methods, reading in the content area and English language learners.
- Passing all state-required licensure tests.
- Recommendation for licensure from the higher education institution.