Short-Term Substitute Training
The ROE now offers short term substitute training available online at any time. There is a $25 fee to participate, paid with debit/credit card. Program List | ROE (lake.k12.il.us) A short test is required at the end of the training. You will receive a certificate after successful completion of testing. Maintain this certificate to provide to the hiring district.
There are two endorsements that allow an educator to teach reading.
1) Reading teacher endorsement - requires a specific distribution of coursework but not a master’s degree
2) Reading Specialist – Requires that the educator complete an approved program specifically for reading specialist. It also requires a master’s degree. A reading specialist can teach reading as well as provide support to other reading teachers. As part of the requirements, the college must complete the 80-02 form to confirm completion of a reading specialist program.
Often times we see educators applied in error for the wrong endorsement. Districts and educators should be aware of the difference. A reading teacher should not be referred to as a reading specialist unless they hold the actual reading specialist endorsement.
If you have any questions regarding these two endorsements, please reach out to Pam Cooper
Beginning January 2023
Paraprofessionals working in K-8 building may be 18 years old to qualify for the paraprofessional license.
Please note: Age 19 still applies for Paraprofessionals working in grades 9-12.
Required Professional Development
Professional development (PD) is required for teachers and administrators anytime that you are working in an Illinois public school 50% or more of the time in a school year.
PD is not required if working as a substitute teacher or paraprofessional.
Please be aware of your PD requirement and be sure to complete and enter your required PD before your renewal date to avoid a lapsed license.
An educator/administrator cannot continue working with a lapsed license.
If actively working as an administrator, you are required to complete one Administrator Academy (AA) in each fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) If you miss the required AA in the fiscal year, you will have a penalty AA added to your requirement.
Login to your ELIS account on a regular basis to view credentials.
- Be aware of when you renew, and what is required to renew
- Be certain that your name and address are current
- Review your credentials
Short-Term Paraprofessional Approval
This approval was created for those that have not completed requirements for the full paraprofessional license but do hold a high school diploma. It is temporary, valid for three years. Educator must complete requirements for the full para license before the approval expires. There is a $25 application fee. There is no registration fee.
Be careful to apply for the correct license. Must apply for the short-term approval for paraprofessional and not the paraprofessional license.
Short- Term Approval (existing teachers)
Educator already holds a PEL not endorsed for the desired area of teaching. The short-term approval for teachers of all grades for general education, and the short-term emergency approval for special education may be helpful. Approvals (isbe.net)
Application Time Frame
- Currently 30 to 60 days for review of new applications.
- Transcripts and other documents such as 80-02 forms received at ISBE may take 2 weeks to be added to your ELIS account