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Median Pay1: $65,776

Teacher Reciprocity Requirements2: Illinois Department of Education

  • Education/Experience Requirements: Bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited school.
  • Testing Requirements: Test of Academic Proficiency and content area tests required if no equivalent out-of-state exams passed.
  • Temporary Certificate Offered?: Provisional certificate if missing testing or state-specific coursework.
  • Other Notes:  Must have 32 hours of content area coursework and coursework in reading and ESL/bilingual methods for Professional certificate.


  • Teacher Pensions Overall Grade3: F – Click here to see why.
    • 10-year vesting period.
    • Employees/employers do NOT pay social security tax and therefore are NOT eligible for social security benefits.
    • No portable plan available.

1Median Pay: sourced from 2018 data collected by National Education Association (NEA). See their Full Report for more information.

2Teacher Reciprocity: sourced from data aggregated by Teacher Certification Degrees. View the full state-by-state list here. Additionally, in some states special considerations for reciprocity, application expedition, fee waivers, etc. may be available to teachers married to activity duty military personnel; be sure to contact the respective State Dept. Of Education to learn more.

3Teacher Pensions Rating: sourced from Visit their website to learn about their mission or view a State Comparison.