Tuition & Fees

Early planning is essential to make the most of the financial opportunities available to you. To assist in this planning, we wish to be as transparent as possible in outlining all of the costs related to certification in music education.

Practicum and Student Teaching Fees

edTPA is a teacher performance assessment required of all pre-service teacher candidates in Illinois in order to receive licensure. Videotaped classroom lessons must be submitted as part of edTPA. Starting in fall 2015, candidates registered for the practicum and student teaching will be assessed a $360 fee that covers the $300 edTPA registration fee and $60 for access to edThena (a video editing and repository website).

Other Costs Related to Field Experience and Licensure


Candidates are responsible for their own transportation to and from their school sites.


Candidates are required to video-record lessons during Practicum and Student Teaching at their school sites. Candidates are responsible for providing or procuring a video camera and video editing software. Most phones or tablets can record adequate video, and often schools are willing to let candidates borrow equipment from the school. Standard video editing software on any computer should suffice.

Licensure Tests

There are two tests required to become licensed, all offered through the Illinois Licensure Testing System. Fees vary based on the test; most are in the $125-$135 range. The ILTS test selection page has specific information.

The two tests are as follows:

  • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP); this test can be waived with satisfactory SAT or ACT scores
  • Music Content Area

Illinois Professional Educator License Application and Registration Fees

The application fee for a new Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) is $75. The fee for adding an endorsement to an existing license is $50 per endorsement. All licensure fees must be paid online with a credit or debit card at the time of license application (which typically takes place during the last quarter while enrolled as a fulltime student). Additionally, a license must be registered with the regional office of education (ROE) where the license holder is employed. Registration fees are $10 per year. The Illinois State Board of Education has a lengthy licensure FAQ pdf you can download, which details the application process and fees, as well as other information about licensure.