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Where can I teach?

Obtaining your teaching license through approved programs like the bachelor's in Urban Education or the master's in Early Childhood Education, Science Education, and Special Education is essential if you want to work as a teacher in Chicago Public Schools or other public school districts in Illinois.

Once you have completed your degree and earned your Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL), you will be qualified to teach in schools in Illinois as well as in every other state in the U.S. except Alaska, Iowa and Minnesota. States with reciprocity agreements with Illinois are listed in the table below.


Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Licensure Resources Heading link

States With Reciprocity Agreements Heading link

Alabama Arizona Arkansas California
Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida
Georgia Hawaii Idaho Indiana
Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine
Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Mississippi
Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada
New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York
North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina
South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah
Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia
Wisconsin Wyoming