To teach students who are blind or visually impaired in Illinois, you first have to pass the ICTS Teacher of Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired Test and become certified by the Illinois State Board of Education. There are five chief subareas of information in this criterion-referenced, objective-based test of 125 multiple-choice questions: Foundations and Characteristics; Assessing Students and Developing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs); Planning and Delivering Instructional Content; Managing the Learning Environment and Promoting Students' Communication and Social Interaction Skills; and Maintaining Effective Communication, Collaboration, and Professionalism.
The subareas of the ICTS Teacher of Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired Test include 29 general objective statements and accompanying detailed descriptive statements. The test scores are sent out four weeks after the test date, and include a score for each subarea and a total score. A total score of 240 or above is needed to pass.
Last Updated: 06/26/2014