Guide to requirements for Certification, Paraprofessionals and School Service Personnel.
The New Illinois Licensure System
All educators, including paraprofessionals, as of July 1, 2013 will be impacted by the move from certification to educator license on the new Educator License and Information System (ELIS). The Illinois State Board of Education wants all stakeholder groups to help get the word out to their membership. Many IEA members are seeking information about this very important issue. The first webinar in a series of licensure tutorials has now been released by ISBE. This first webinar includes information about the license exchange. Renewal requirements beyond this exchange phase have not yet been finalized.
SB 1799 – Public Act 097-0607
The past year the Illinois State Board of Education, IEA, IFT and other stakeholders work to amend Article 21 of the Illinois School code. This bill requires that the new licensure system be in place by July 1, 2013. There will be three licenses which will be endorsed in specific content and grade areas: the Illinois Professional Educator License; the Professional Educator License with stipulations and the Substitute Teaching License.
Paraprofessional Educator -Similar to current requirements for the paraprofessionals and the endorsement may be issued to applicants who have a high school diploma and either hold an associate degree or a minimum of 60 hours from a regional accredited institution or have passed a test of basic skills, an individual can pass the Work Keys or ETS Para Pro instead of the Basic Skills. This endorsement is valid for 5 years and may be renewed. An individual who holds only a paraprofessional educator endorsement is not subject to additional requirements in order to renew the endorsement.