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Music Education Certification Talk January 28, 2013, 3 p.m. Krannert Room, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

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1 Music Education Certification Talk January 28, 2013, 3 p.m. Krannert Room, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

2 – COTE introduction Oversee all things related to certification – Past – Things like CBC and Bloodborne Pathogen training Here today to talk about process of actually getting certified. Obtain certification as soon as you can!!!!- regardless of other plans (grad school, Peace Corp, raising a family, etc.) – Not protected at all against ISBE changes (Ex: C or better requirement) – Other state certification will likely hinge on Illinois certification first

3 Applying for certification: Log onto your student portal ( – (Example: ed-blutarsky (Bluto)) Click on “Certification Application” System will ask if your are registered for or previously done student teaching. – If you answer no, do not proceed. If yes, please continue. Click on “Click here to fill out your application request.” Email address-Recommend you use your most reliable-regular email account.

4 Phone number Degree period Major Certificate Endorsements – Comments: Provide important information regarding endorsements such as pending transfer coursework, tests, etc. – May choose as many as you wish to be considered for (but please use some common sense)

5 You will all be endorsed in Music (K-12). To teach any other subject besides Music at the middle grade, you must complete the middle grade coursework and meet the content requirements for each respective endorsement. – Signature (must “sign” stating you understand) (check mark to the side) Must submit – Once you submit, you can’t go back. Contact us if you need to modify/correct something.

6 The next day, you should receive an email which says the COTE has received your application. Can submit application even if you haven’t yet passed all tests (just need to be registered for student teaching). I will complete an audit based on DARS report or graduate audit we completed earlier. – Problems? Will either contact you or records officer. If contacted, it’s important you respond.

7 Nothing missing? Will put application in pending file until end of spring or summer term Endorsements? Will send Endorsement email to address you put on form. Contact us if something is inaccurate or missing. End of final semester processing. – EFE hours (at least 80). (Should check your Student portal for accuracy) – Student Teaching Time Report Be accurate and fairly descriptive. Only record we will have of your Student teaching (directions on student portal).

8 – Safety Training – Approved portfolio – Departmental Recommendation Should come automatically from Dave if you meet all responsibilities – Tests Music Assessment of Professional Teaching – Grades – Degree (must appear on transcripts!!!) Recommending you to ISBE: – We will contact you at email address you provided.

9 Will provide a link to the Educator Certification System (ECS) ( Click on link. – Follow steps. Be prepared to pay by credit card Be sure to register your certificate with a district!!!

10 Paper copy of certificate will arrive in mail Any school district with your name and SSN can verify certification TESTING (more information) – Two tests: Music(143) (should have already passed) Assessment of Professional Teaching: Grades K-12 (104) If you plan to be endorsed in a foreign language and wish to be considered “highly qualified” (NCLB), unless you are double majoring or have 32 hours, plan to take the corresponding Foreign Language Content test.

11 Test dates (May Graduates) – Last opportunity for APT before graduation is April 13, 2013. Be sure you send test scores to Illinois Be sure your SSN is accurate (errors may delay certification). Can check your tests on Student portal. Keep test scores forever (or longer)- May need them

12 Changes Certificate (if claimed prior to July 1 st) – Initial type-10 certificate – Endorsed in music (k-12) On July 1st, it will automatically change to ”Professional Educator License” – endorsed in Music Grades K-12 – “initial” will go away – “Types” will go away

13 Renewing your certificate. Important! The window for renewing is getting smaller. Don’t let certificate lapse. – Can renew online through ECS (same site you claim your certificate on). Certification in other states – Likely will require certification in Illinois first – Other states may have program verification form. Send form to COTE to fill out. – Contact information is on our website under “Links” in Certification Map US Teacher Certification Offices (If you ask us about certification in other states, this is where we’ll likely refer you).

14 Summary – Location: 505 E. Green Street, Suite 202 Upstairs from PNC Bank and Coldstone Creamery Website: Email ( or – Pick one of us. – Include UIN – Urgent timely matters? Don’t use email. – No appointments by email. Call office.

15 COTE website LINKS: Educator Certification System (ECS) Illinois Certification Testing System (ICTS) Certification map Other Certification Tests (for certification in other states) Take Us To School – Resources for student teachers U.S. Teacher Certification Offices Illinois Education Job Bank

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