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HB5330 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

  
  

 


 
102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
HB5330

 

Introduced 1/31/2022, by Rep. Kelly M. Cassidy

 

SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
 
105 ILCS 5/21B-20
105 ILCS 5/21B-25

    Amends the School Code. Provides that subsequent endorsements for the Professional Educator License shall require a minimum of 18 (currently, 24) semester hours of coursework in the endorsement area and passage of the applicable content area test, unless otherwise specified by rule. Provides that subsequent endorsements may also be granted through school districts for specific content areas and grade levels, which reflect approval to practice within that school district. Provides that a career and technical educator endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations may be issued to an applicant who has a minimum of 60 semester hours of coursework from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or an accredited trade and technical institution and has a minimum of 1,000 (currently, 2,000) hours of experience outside of education in each area to be taught. Provides that school districts may establish professional development sequences that include a comprehensive review of content standards for subsequent approvals or endorsements that are consistent with other trainings or coursework approved by the State Board of Education for the addition of endorsements to Professional Educator Licenses. Effective immediately.


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A BILL FOR

 

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1    AN ACT concerning education.
 
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
 
4    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Sections
521B-20 and 21B-25 as follows:
 
6    (105 ILCS 5/21B-20)
7    Sec. 21B-20. Types of licenses. The State Board of
8Education shall implement a system of educator licensure,
9whereby individuals employed in school districts who are
10required to be licensed must have one of the following
11licenses: (i) a professional educator license; (ii) an
12educator license with stipulations; (iii) a substitute
13teaching license; or (iv) until June 30, 2023, a short-term
14substitute teaching license. References in law regarding
15individuals certified or certificated or required to be
16certified or certificated under Article 21 of this Code shall
17also include individuals licensed or required to be licensed
18under this Article. The first year of all licenses ends on June
1930 following one full year of the license being issued.
20    The State Board of Education, in consultation with the
21State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, may adopt such
22rules as may be necessary to govern the requirements for
23licenses and endorsements under this Section.

 

 

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1        (1) Professional Educator License. Persons who (i)
2    have successfully completed an approved educator
3    preparation program and are recommended for licensure by
4    the Illinois institution offering the educator preparation
5    program, (ii) have successfully completed the required
6    testing under Section 21B-30 of this Code, (iii) have
7    successfully completed coursework on the psychology of,
8    the identification of, and the methods of instruction for
9    the exceptional child, including without limitation
10    children with learning disabilities, (iv) have
11    successfully completed coursework in methods of reading
12    and reading in the content area, and (v) have met all other
13    criteria established by rule of the State Board of
14    Education shall be issued a Professional Educator License.
15    All Professional Educator Licenses are valid until June 30
16    immediately following 5 years of the license being issued.
17    The Professional Educator License shall be endorsed with
18    specific areas and grade levels in which the individual is
19    eligible to practice. For an early childhood education
20    endorsement, an individual may satisfy the student
21    teaching requirement of his or her early childhood teacher
22    preparation program through placement in a setting with
23    children from birth through grade 2, and the individual
24    may be paid and receive credit while student teaching. The
25    student teaching experience must meet the requirements of
26    and be approved by the individual's early childhood

 

 

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1    teacher preparation program.
2        Individuals can receive subsequent endorsements on the
3    Professional Educator License. Subsequent endorsements
4    shall require a minimum of 18 24 semester hours of
5    coursework in the endorsement area and passage of the
6    applicable content area test, unless otherwise specified
7    by rule. Subsequent endorsements may also be granted
8    through school districts for specific content areas and
9    grade levels, which reflect approval to practice within
10    that school district, as provided under Section 21B-25 of
11    this Code.
12        (2) Educator License with Stipulations. An Educator
13    License with Stipulations shall be issued an endorsement
14    that limits the license holder to one particular position
15    or does not require completion of an approved educator
16    program or both.
17        An individual with an Educator License with
18    Stipulations must not be employed by a school district or
19    any other entity to replace any presently employed teacher
20    who otherwise would not be replaced for any reason.
21        An Educator License with Stipulations may be issued
22    with the following endorsements:
23            (A) (Blank).
24            (B) Alternative provisional educator. An
25        alternative provisional educator endorsement on an
26        Educator License with Stipulations may be issued to an

 

 

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1        applicant who, at the time of applying for the
2        endorsement, has done all of the following:
3                (i) Graduated from a regionally accredited
4            college or university with a minimum of a
5            bachelor's degree.
6                (ii) Successfully completed the first phase of
7            the Alternative Educator Licensure Program for
8            Teachers, as described in Section 21B-50 of this
9            Code.
10                (iii) Passed a content area test, as required
11            under Section 21B-30 of this Code.
12        The alternative provisional educator endorsement is
13    valid for 2 years of teaching and may be renewed for a
14    third year by an individual meeting the requirements set
15    forth in Section 21B-50 of this Code.
16            (C) Alternative provisional superintendent. An
17        alternative provisional superintendent endorsement on
18        an Educator License with Stipulations entitles the
19        holder to serve only as a superintendent or assistant
20        superintendent in a school district's central office.
21        This endorsement may only be issued to an applicant
22        who, at the time of applying for the endorsement, has
23        done all of the following:
24                (i) Graduated from a regionally accredited
25            college or university with a minimum of a master's
26            degree in a management field other than education.

 

 

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1                (ii) Been employed for a period of at least 5
2            years in a management level position in a field
3            other than education.
4                (iii) Successfully completed the first phase
5            of an alternative route to superintendent
6            endorsement program, as provided in Section 21B-55
7            of this Code.
8                (iv) Passed a content area test required under
9            Section 21B-30 of this Code.
10            The endorsement is valid for 2 fiscal years in
11        order to complete one full year of serving as a
12        superintendent or assistant superintendent.
13            (D) (Blank).
14            (E) Career and technical educator. A career and
15        technical educator endorsement on an Educator License
16        with Stipulations may be issued to an applicant who
17        has a minimum of 60 semester hours of coursework from a
18        regionally accredited institution of higher education
19        or an accredited trade and technical institution and
20        has a minimum of 1,000 2,000 hours of experience
21        outside of education in each area to be taught.
22        Subsequent career and technical educator endorsements
23        may also be granted through school districts for
24        specific content areas and grade levels, which reflect
25        approval to practice within that school district, as
26        provided under Section 21B-25 of this Code.

 

 

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1            The career and technical educator endorsement on
2        an Educator License with Stipulations is valid until
3        June 30 immediately following 5 years of the
4        endorsement being issued and may be renewed.
5            An individual who holds a valid career and
6        technical educator endorsement on an Educator License
7        with Stipulations but does not hold a bachelor's
8        degree may substitute teach in career and technical
9        education classrooms.
10            (F) Part-time provisional career and technical
11        educator or provisional career and technical educator.
12        A part-time provisional career and technical educator
13        endorsement or a provisional career and technical
14        educator endorsement on an Educator License with
15        Stipulations may be issued to an applicant who has a
16        minimum of 8,000 hours of work experience in the skill
17        for which the applicant is seeking the endorsement. It
18        is the responsibility of each employing school board
19        and regional office of education to provide
20        verification, in writing, to the State Superintendent
21        of Education at the time the application is submitted
22        that no qualified teacher holding a Professional
23        Educator License or an Educator License with
24        Stipulations with a career and technical educator
25        endorsement is available and that actual circumstances
26        require such issuance.

 

 

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1            The provisional career and technical educator
2        endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations
3        is valid until June 30 immediately following 5 years
4        of the endorsement being issued and may be renewed for
5        5 years.
6            A part-time provisional career and technical
7        educator endorsement on an Educator License with
8        Stipulations may be issued for teaching no more than 2
9        courses of study for grades 6 through 12. The
10        part-time provisional career and technical educator
11        endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations
12        is valid until June 30 immediately following 5 years
13        of the endorsement being issued and may be renewed for
14        5 years if the individual makes application for
15        renewal.
16            An individual who holds a provisional or part-time
17        provisional career and technical educator endorsement
18        on an Educator License with Stipulations but does not
19        hold a bachelor's degree may substitute teach in
20        career and technical education classrooms.
21            (G) Transitional bilingual educator. A
22        transitional bilingual educator endorsement on an
23        Educator License with Stipulations may be issued for
24        the purpose of providing instruction in accordance
25        with Article 14C of this Code to an applicant who
26        provides satisfactory evidence that he or she meets

 

 

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1        all of the following requirements:
2                (i) Possesses adequate speaking, reading, and
3            writing ability in the language other than English
4            in which transitional bilingual education is
5            offered.
6                (ii) Has the ability to successfully
7            communicate in English.
8                (iii) Either possessed, within 5 years
9            previous to his or her applying for a transitional
10            bilingual educator endorsement, a valid and
11            comparable teaching certificate or comparable
12            authorization issued by a foreign country or holds
13            a degree from an institution of higher learning in
14            a foreign country that the State Educator
15            Preparation and Licensure Board determines to be
16            the equivalent of a bachelor's degree from a
17            regionally accredited institution of higher
18            learning in the United States.
19            A transitional bilingual educator endorsement
20        shall be valid for prekindergarten through grade 12,
21        is valid until June 30 immediately following 5 years
22        of the endorsement being issued, and shall not be
23        renewed.
24            Persons holding a transitional bilingual educator
25        endorsement shall not be employed to replace any
26        presently employed teacher who otherwise would not be

 

 

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1        replaced for any reason.
2            (H) Language endorsement. In an effort to
3        alleviate the shortage of teachers speaking a language
4        other than English in the public schools, an
5        individual who holds an Educator License with
6        Stipulations may also apply for a language
7        endorsement, provided that the applicant provides
8        satisfactory evidence that he or she meets all of the
9        following requirements:
10                (i) Holds a transitional bilingual
11            endorsement.
12                (ii) Has demonstrated proficiency in the
13            language for which the endorsement is to be issued
14            by passing the applicable language content test
15            required by the State Board of Education.
16                (iii) Holds a bachelor's degree or higher from
17            a regionally accredited institution of higher
18            education or, for individuals educated in a
19            country other than the United States, holds a
20            degree from an institution of higher learning in a
21            foreign country that the State Educator
22            Preparation and Licensure Board determines to be
23            the equivalent of a bachelor's degree from a
24            regionally accredited institution of higher
25            learning in the United States.
26                (iv) (Blank).

 

 

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1            A language endorsement on an Educator License with
2        Stipulations is valid for prekindergarten through
3        grade 12 for the same validity period as the
4        individual's transitional bilingual educator
5        endorsement on the Educator License with Stipulations
6        and shall not be renewed.
7            (I) Visiting international educator. A visiting
8        international educator endorsement on an Educator
9        License with Stipulations may be issued to an
10        individual who is being recruited by a particular
11        school district that conducts formal recruitment
12        programs outside of the United States to secure the
13        services of qualified teachers and who meets all of
14        the following requirements:
15                (i) Holds the equivalent of a minimum of a
16            bachelor's degree issued in the United States.
17                (ii) Has been prepared as a teacher at the
18            grade level for which he or she will be employed.
19                (iii) Has adequate content knowledge in the
20            subject to be taught.
21                (iv) Has an adequate command of the English
22            language.
23            A holder of a visiting international educator
24        endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations
25        shall be permitted to teach in bilingual education
26        programs in the language that was the medium of

 

 

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1        instruction in his or her teacher preparation program,
2        provided that he or she passes the English Language
3        Proficiency Examination or another test of writing
4        skills in English identified by the State Board of
5        Education, in consultation with the State Educator
6        Preparation and Licensure Board.
7            A visiting international educator endorsement on
8        an Educator License with Stipulations is valid for 5
9        years and shall not be renewed.
10            (J) Paraprofessional educator. A paraprofessional
11        educator endorsement on an Educator License with
12        Stipulations may be issued to an applicant who holds a
13        high school diploma or its recognized equivalent and
14        either holds an associate's degree or a minimum of 60
15        semester hours of credit from a regionally accredited
16        institution of higher education or has passed a
17        paraprofessional competency test under subsection
18        (c-5) of Section 21B-30. The paraprofessional educator
19        endorsement is valid until June 30 immediately
20        following 5 years of the endorsement being issued and
21        may be renewed through application and payment of the
22        appropriate fee, as required under Section 21B-40 of
23        this Code. An individual who holds only a
24        paraprofessional educator endorsement is not subject
25        to additional requirements in order to renew the
26        endorsement.

 

 

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1            (K) Chief school business official. A chief school
2        business official endorsement on an Educator License
3        with Stipulations may be issued to an applicant who
4        qualifies by having a master's degree or higher, 2
5        years of full-time administrative experience in school
6        business management or 2 years of university-approved
7        practical experience, and a minimum of 24 semester
8        hours of graduate credit in a program approved by the
9        State Board of Education for the preparation of school
10        business administrators and by passage of the
11        applicable State tests, including an applicable
12        content area test.
13            The chief school business official endorsement may
14        also be affixed to the Educator License with
15        Stipulations of any holder who qualifies by having a
16        master's degree in business administration, finance,
17        accounting, or public administration and who completes
18        an additional 6 semester hours of internship in school
19        business management from a regionally accredited
20        institution of higher education and passes the
21        applicable State tests, including an applicable
22        content area test. This endorsement shall be required
23        for any individual employed as a chief school business
24        official.
25            The chief school business official endorsement on
26        an Educator License with Stipulations is valid until

 

 

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1        June 30 immediately following 5 years of the
2        endorsement being issued and may be renewed if the
3        license holder completes renewal requirements as
4        required for individuals who hold a Professional
5        Educator License endorsed for chief school business
6        official under Section 21B-45 of this Code and such
7        rules as may be adopted by the State Board of
8        Education.
9            The State Board of Education shall adopt any rules
10        necessary to implement Public Act 100-288.
11            (L) Provisional in-state educator. A provisional
12        in-state educator endorsement on an Educator License
13        with Stipulations may be issued to a candidate who has
14        completed an Illinois-approved educator preparation
15        program at an Illinois institution of higher education
16        and who has not successfully completed an
17        evidence-based assessment of teacher effectiveness but
18        who meets all of the following requirements:
19                (i) Holds at least a bachelor's degree.
20                (ii) Has completed an approved educator
21            preparation program at an Illinois institution.
22                (iii) Has passed an applicable content area
23            test, as required by Section 21B-30 of this Code.
24                (iv) Has attempted an evidence-based
25            assessment of teacher effectiveness and received a
26            minimum score on that assessment, as established

 

 

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1            by the State Board of Education in consultation
2            with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure
3            Board.
4            A provisional in-state educator endorsement on an
5        Educator License with Stipulations is valid for one
6        full fiscal year after the date of issuance and may not
7        be renewed.
8            (M) (Blank).
9            (N) Specialized services. A specialized services
10        endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations
11        may be issued as defined and specified by rule.
12        (3) Substitute Teaching License. A Substitute Teaching
13    License may be issued to qualified applicants for
14    substitute teaching in all grades of the public schools,
15    prekindergarten through grade 12. Substitute Teaching
16    Licenses are not eligible for endorsements. Applicants for
17    a Substitute Teaching License must hold a bachelor's
18    degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution
19    of higher education.
20        Substitute Teaching Licenses are valid for 5 years.
21        Substitute Teaching Licenses are valid for substitute
22    teaching in every county of this State. If an individual
23    has had his or her Professional Educator License or
24    Educator License with Stipulations suspended or revoked,
25    then that individual is not eligible to obtain a
26    Substitute Teaching License.

 

 

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1        A substitute teacher may only teach in the place of a
2    licensed teacher who is under contract with the employing
3    board. If, however, there is no licensed teacher under
4    contract because of an emergency situation, then a
5    district may employ a substitute teacher for no longer
6    than 30 calendar days per each vacant position in the
7    district if the district notifies the appropriate regional
8    office of education within 5 business days after the
9    employment of the substitute teacher in the emergency
10    situation. An emergency situation is one in which an
11    unforeseen vacancy has occurred and (i) a teacher is
12    unable to fulfill his or her contractual duties or (ii)
13    teacher capacity needs of the district exceed previous
14    indications, and the district is actively engaged in
15    advertising to hire a fully licensed teacher for the
16    vacant position.
17        There is no limit on the number of days that a
18    substitute teacher may teach in a single school district,
19    provided that no substitute teacher may teach for longer
20    than 90 school days for any one licensed teacher under
21    contract in the same school year. A substitute teacher who
22    holds a Professional Educator License or Educator License
23    with Stipulations shall not teach for more than 120 school
24    days for any one licensed teacher under contract in the
25    same school year. The limitations in this paragraph (3) on
26    the number of days a substitute teacher may be employed do

 

 

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1    not apply to any school district operating under Article
2    34 of this Code.
3        A school district may not require an individual who
4    holds a valid Professional Educator License or Educator
5    License with Stipulations to seek or hold a Substitute
6    Teaching License to teach as a substitute teacher.
7        (4) Short-Term Substitute Teaching License. Beginning
8    on July 1, 2018 and until June 30, 2023, the State Board of
9    Education may issue a Short-Term Substitute Teaching
10    License. A Short-Term Substitute Teaching License may be
11    issued to a qualified applicant for substitute teaching in
12    all grades of the public schools, prekindergarten through
13    grade 12. Short-Term Substitute Teaching Licenses are not
14    eligible for endorsements. Applicants for a Short-Term
15    Substitute Teaching License must hold an associate's
16    degree or have completed at least 60 credit hours from a
17    regionally accredited institution of higher education.
18        Short-Term Substitute Teaching Licenses are valid for
19    substitute teaching in every county of this State. If an
20    individual has had his or her Professional Educator
21    License or Educator License with Stipulations suspended or
22    revoked, then that individual is not eligible to obtain a
23    Short-Term Substitute Teaching License.
24        The provisions of Sections 10-21.9 and 34-18.5 of this
25    Code apply to short-term substitute teachers.
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1    License may teach no more than 5 consecutive days per
2    licensed teacher who is under contract. For teacher
3    absences lasting 6 or more days per licensed teacher who
4    is under contract, a school district may not hire an
5    individual holding a Short-Term Substitute Teaching
6    License. An individual holding a Short-Term Substitute
7    Teaching License must complete the training program under
8    Section 10-20.67 or 34-18.60 of this Code to be eligible
9    to teach at a public school. This paragraph (4) is
10    inoperative on and after July 1, 2023.
11(Source: P.A. 100-8, eff. 7-1-17; 100-13, eff. 7-1-17;
12100-288, eff. 8-24-17; 100-596, eff. 7-1-18; 100-821, eff.
139-3-18; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; 101-220,
14eff. 8-7-19; 101-594, eff. 12-5-19; 101-643, eff. 6-18-20.)
 
15    (105 ILCS 5/21B-25)
16    Sec. 21B-25. Endorsement on licenses. All licenses issued
17under paragraph (1) of Section 21B-20 of this Code shall be
18specifically endorsed by the State Board of Education for each
19content area, school support area, and administrative area for
20which the holder of the license is qualified. Recognized
21institutions approved to offer educator preparation programs
22and school districts shall be trained to add approvals or
23endorsements to licenses issued to applicants who meet all of
24the requirements for the approval, approvals, endorsement, or
25endorsements, including passing any required tests. School

 

 

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1districts may establish professional development sequences
2that include a comprehensive review of content standards for
3subsequent approvals or endorsements that are consistent with
4other trainings or coursework approved by the State Board of
5Education for the addition of endorsements to Professional
6Educator Licenses under this Section. The State Superintendent
7of Education shall randomly audit institutions to ensure that
8all rules and standards are being followed for entitlement or
9when endorsements are being recommended.
10        (1) The State Board of Education, in consultation with
11    the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, shall
12    establish, by rule, the grade level and subject area
13    endorsements to be added to the Professional Educator
14    License. These rules shall outline the requirements for
15    obtaining each endorsement.
16        (2) In addition to any and all grade level and content
17    area endorsements developed by rule, the State Board of
18    Education, in consultation with the State Educator
19    Preparation and Licensure Board, shall develop the
20    requirements for the following endorsements:
21            (A) (Blank).
22            (B) Principal endorsement. A principal endorsement
23        shall be affixed to a Professional Educator License of
24        any holder who qualifies by having all of the
25        following:
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1            preparation program approved in accordance with
2            Section 21B-60 of this Code and any applicable
3            rules.
4                (ii) At least 4 total years of teaching or 4
5            total years of working in the capacity of school
6            support personnel in an Illinois public school or
7            nonpublic school recognized by the State Board of
8            Education, in a school under the supervision of
9            the Department of Corrections, or in an
10            out-of-state public school or out-of-state
11            nonpublic school meeting out-of-state recognition
12            standards comparable to those approved by the
13            State Superintendent of Education; however, the
14            State Board of Education, in consultation with the
15            State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board,
16            shall allow, by rules, for fewer than 4 years of
17            experience based on meeting standards set forth in
18            such rules, including without limitation a review
19            of performance evaluations or other evidence of
20            demonstrated qualifications.
21                (iii) A master's degree or higher from a
22            regionally accredited college or university.
23            (C) Chief school business official endorsement. A
24        chief school business official endorsement shall be
25        affixed to the Professional Educator License of any
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1        higher, 2 years of full-time administrative experience
2        in school business management or 2 years of
3        university-approved practical experience, and a
4        minimum of 24 semester hours of graduate credit in a
5        program approved by the State Board of Education for
6        the preparation of school business administrators and
7        by passage of the applicable State tests. The chief
8        school business official endorsement may also be
9        affixed to the Professional Educator License of any
10        holder who qualifies by having a master's degree in
11        business administration, finance, accounting, or
12        public administration and who completes an additional
13        6 semester hours of internship in school business
14        management from a regionally accredited institution of
15        higher education and passes the applicable State
16        tests. This endorsement shall be required for any
17        individual employed as a chief school business
18        official.
19            (D) Superintendent endorsement. A superintendent
20        endorsement shall be affixed to the Professional
21        Educator License of any holder who has completed a
22        program approved by the State Board of Education for
23        the preparation of superintendents of schools, has had
24        at least 2 years of experience employed full-time in a
25        general administrative position or as a full-time
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1        school business official in the public schools or in a
2        State-recognized nonpublic school in which the chief
3        administrator is required to have the licensure
4        necessary to be a principal in a public school in this
5        State and where a majority of the teachers are
6        required to have the licensure necessary to be
7        instructors in a public school in this State, and has
8        passed the required State tests; or of any holder who
9        has completed a program that is not an
10        Illinois-approved educator preparation program at an
11        Illinois institution of higher education and that has
12        recognition standards comparable to those approved by
13        the State Superintendent of Education and holds the
14        general administrative, principal, or chief school
15        business official endorsement and who has had 2 years
16        of experience as a principal, director of special
17        education, or chief school business official while
18        holding a valid educator license or certificate
19        comparable in validity and educational and experience
20        requirements and has passed the appropriate State
21        tests, as provided in Section 21B-30 of this Code. The
22        superintendent endorsement shall allow individuals to
23        serve only as a superintendent or assistant
24        superintendent.
25            (E) Teacher leader endorsement. It shall be the
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1        instructional leaders by providing a career pathway
2        for teachers interested in serving in leadership
3        roles, but not as principals. The State Board of
4        Education, in consultation with the State Educator
5        Preparation and Licensure Board, may issue a teacher
6        leader endorsement under this subdivision (E). Persons
7        who meet and successfully complete the requirements of
8        the endorsement shall be issued a teacher leader
9        endorsement on the Professional Educator License for
10        serving in schools in this State. Teacher leaders may
11        qualify to serve in such positions as department
12        chairs, coaches, mentors, curriculum and instruction
13        leaders, or other leadership positions as defined by
14        the district. The endorsement shall be available to
15        those teachers who (i) hold a Professional Educator
16        License, (ii) hold a master's degree or higher from a
17        regionally accredited institution, (iii) have
18        completed a program of study that has been approved by
19        the State Board of Education, in consultation with the
20        State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, and
21        (iv) have successfully demonstrated competencies as
22        defined by rule.
23            A teacher who meets the requirements set forth in
24        this Section and holds a teacher leader endorsement
25        may evaluate teachers pursuant to Section 24A-5 of
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1        the evaluation component required by Section 24A-3 of
2        this Code and a teacher leader is allowed to evaluate
3        personnel under the respective school district's
4        collective bargaining agreement.
5            The State Board of Education, in consultation with
6        the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board,
7        may adopt such rules as may be necessary to establish
8        and implement the teacher leader endorsement program
9        and to specify the positions for which this
10        endorsement shall be required.
11            (F) Special education endorsement. A special
12        education endorsement in one or more areas shall be
13        affixed to a Professional Educator License for any
14        individual that meets those requirements established
15        by the State Board of Education in rules. Special
16        education endorsement areas shall include without
17        limitation the following:
18                (i) Learning Behavior Specialist I;
19                (ii) Learning Behavior Specialist II;
20                (iii) Speech Language Pathologist;
21                (iv) Blind or Visually Impaired;
22                (v) Deaf-Hard of Hearing;
23                (vi) Early Childhood Special Education; and
24                (vii) Director of Special Education.
25        Notwithstanding anything in this Code to the contrary,
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1        State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, may
2        add additional areas of special education by rule.
3            (G) School support personnel endorsement. School
4        support personnel endorsement areas shall include, but
5        are not limited to, school counselor, marriage and
6        family therapist, school psychologist, school speech
7        and language pathologist, school nurse, and school
8        social worker. This endorsement is for individuals who
9        are not teachers or administrators, but still require
10        licensure to work in an instructional support position
11        in a public or State-operated elementary school,
12        secondary school, or cooperative or joint agreement
13        with a governing body or board of control or a charter
14        school operating in compliance with the Charter
15        Schools Law. The school support personnel endorsement
16        shall be affixed to the Professional Educator License
17        and shall meet all of the requirements established in
18        any rules adopted to implement this subdivision (G).
19        The holder of such an endorsement is entitled to all of
20        the rights and privileges granted holders of any other
21        Professional Educator License, including teacher
22        benefits, compensation, and working conditions.
23(Source: P.A. 100-13, eff. 7-1-17; 100-267, eff. 8-22-17;
24100-288, eff. 8-24-17; 100-596, eff. 7-1-18; 100-780, eff.
251-1-19; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; 101-220,
26eff. 8-7-19.)
 

 

 

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1    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
2becoming law.