Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT)
The APT assesses candidates on professional and pedagogical knowledge and skills. It is required to become certified in the state of Illinois. Typically teacher candidates will complete the test during the student teaching semester.
You may take this test up to five years prior to the issuance of the certificate.
Who must take the test?
- Candidates completing approved teacher preparation program in the state of Illinois
- Those who hold Illinois certificates and seek a new licensure endorsement which covers a different grade range than the certificate held
What version of the APT should I take?
There are four versions of the test. The type of licensure endorsement sought determines the version required:
- Early childhood (birth to grade 3): APT-Early Childhood
- Elementary (k-9): APT-Elementary or APT-Special
- Secondary (6-12): APT-Secondary or APT-Special
- Special (K-12 or P-21): APT-Special
Prepare for the APT
Use study guides to prepare for the assessment
Register for the APT