DATE: February 12, 2018
FROM: Don Daily, Consultant
K-H-M-W ROE #33
RE: Licensure Update
Educators Who Have A License Cycle Ending June 30, 2018 – This information pertains only to educators who have a Professional Educator License (PEL)expiring on June 30, 2018.
Middle School Endorsements – Effective February 1, 2018 the requirements for new applications for middle school endorsements now include 21 semester hours of content coursework, 3 semester hours in the methods of teaching in the specific content area, and in most cases a content area testing. See the following link for more specific information. https://www.isbe.net/Pages/MiddleGradesTeachingEndorsements.aspx
Applications that were filed prior to February 1, 2018 will continue to be reviewed on the pre-February 1, 2018 middle school endorsements requirements. All current middle school endorsements will continue to be valid indefinitely under the concept of “once qualified, always qualified”.
Important Notice of Grade Range Change – Effective July 7, 2017 there was a change in policy regarding grade ranges for the following endorsements:
Endorsements listed above will be issued/entitled for the K-12 range instead of separate and exclusive grade ranges, no matter the grade range an educator holds. Educators must meet all requirements for the above endorsement prior to the receiving licensure. Educators who already hold a grade band specific endorsement in the above areas must apply for the K-12 grade range.
Short Term Approval for Teachers at All Grade Levels – The approval is valid for three fiscal years, in which time the educator must be working towards the requirements for the corresponding endorsement.
An educator may obtain this approval outside of their grade range. This approval is NOT available for special education positions or Safety and Driver’s Education.
• Submit an application online in your ELIS account. You must already hold a valid Illinois Professional
Educator License or an ELS-TBE.
• One of the following options:
o Official transcripts showing completion of 9 hours of coursework in the subject area to be taught
o Complete the corresponding Illinois Content Area Test
• Transcripts may be mailed to the Illinois State Board of Education, Educator Licensure Division, 100 N.
First St., Springfield, IL 62777 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Senate Bill 2912 Changes. The following information are changes in Educator Licensure that resulted from SB 2912 effective January 6, 2017. Changes were effective immediately.
Educators with a deficient application and active deficiency letter on file with ISBE may request an update to their evaluation by emailing email@example.com.
Test scores: Removes the 10 year expiration date for content tests/edTPA/APT. All tests are valid indefinitely. Educators who have valid deficiency letters on file may request an update to their evaluation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Educator License with Stipulations (ELS-PEDU): The 15 semester hours or major coursework is no longer required to be issued the ELS-PEDU. Educators must hold a valid, comparable OOS license and at least a bachelor’s degree. Educators who have valid deficiency letters on file may request an update to their evaluation by emailing email@example.com.
Chief School Business Official: Provides that applicants who have not been entitled by an Illinois-approved educator preparation program at an Illinois institution of higher education applying for a Professional Educator License endorsed for chief school business official and who have successfully completed a test of content, as identified by rules, at the time of initial licensure in another state or country shall not be required to complete a test of content. Adds an immediate effective date.
Career and Tech Ed: (CTE and CTEP Renewal): A test of work proficiency (the ACT WorkKeys®) may be completed in place of the basic skills for renewal if the CTE or CTEP was originally issued January 1, 2015 or after.
(**New) Provisional In-State Educator: An ELS-PEDU may be awarded to an individual who has completed an Illinois approved teacher education program, but has not yet passed the edTPA. The educator must hold a bachelor’s degree and have passed the test of basic skills and the appropriate content test. Educators must receive a minimum edTPA score that has been approved by the Board to be eligible for this license. It is valid for one year (full fiscal year), and cannot be renewed. Institutions of higher education will be able to entitle for this license.
Substitute Teaching License- The fee for substitute teaching licenses is now $50. Substitute teaching license may be renewed after 5 years without evidence of passing a test of basic skills.
As an incentive to recruit new Substitute Teachers, licensees for substitute teachers will be reimbursed the application and registration fees after documentation of 10 full days of substitute teaching within the first 18 months that the educator has held the Substitute License.
Teacher Leader Endorsement: In lieu of required coursework, educators are eligible to demonstrate competencies (specific competencies will be outlined in rule).
Out-of-State Professional Educator License Requirements
For Teachers/School Support Personnel trained out of state, licensure requirements are:
For Principals/Superintendents trained out of state or out of country, must complete a state-approved program and pass required tests. Content tests taken in another state or country will be honored if required for licensure. Educators no longer have to have been issued a license endorsed in a teaching field.
For Chief School Business Officials trained out of state or country, must complete master’s degree in specific area, internship or 2 years of experience, tests, and modules in reading methods, special education, and English learners. Out-of-state content tests used for licensure in another state can be honored. Out-of-state content tests will be honored for all routes that can be taken to earn the CSBO endorsement.
Jodi L. Scott, Regional Superintendent of Schools
121 S. Prairie St.
Galesburg IL 61401
105 North E St.
Monmouth IL 61462
Lori Loving, Assistant Regional Superintendent of Schools