Full Text of HB3619 102nd General Assembly
HB3619 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 2/22/2021, by Rep. Fred Crespo
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Amends the Public Community College Act. Allows the board of trustees
of a community college district to establish and offer a
baccalaureate-level early childhood education program and confer a
bachelor of applied science degree in early childhood education and a
Professional Educator License with endorsements in early childhood
education and early childhood special education under certain conditions.
Provides for an application for approval from the Illinois Community
College Board. Sets forth college requirements and prohibitions. Provides
that a candidate for educator licensure must successfully complete
applicable testing requirements prior to the issuance of an educator
license and any endorsements. Provides for a statewide evaluation of such
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A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning education.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Public Community College Act is amended by
adding Section 3-80 as follows:
(110 ILCS 805/3-80 new)
Early childhood education bachelor of applied
(a) A board of trustees may establish and offer a
baccalaureate-level early childhood education program and
confer a bachelor of applied science degree in early childhood
education and a Professional Educator License with
endorsements in early childhood education and early childhood
special education if all of the following conditions are met:
(1) The board meets all of the requirements as set
forth in subsection (b) of this Section and has been
approved by the State Board to offer a bachelor of applied
science degree in early childhood education.
(2) After the program has been approved by the State
Board, the Board of Higher Education shall consider the
program for approval in a manner consistent with new
bachelor's degree programs at public and private
universities in this State.
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(3) The program has been approved by the State Board
of Education, pursuant to Section 21B-105 of the School
Code and administrative rules.
(4) The board has identified and documented, in
writing, unmet workforce needs in the subject area of the
baccalaureate degree to be offered. The board shall
publish on its Internet website and make publicly
available the documentation and shall present the
documentation to the State Board.
(5) The board meets all applicable accreditation
requirements of the Higher Learning Commission.
(6) The community college district shall offer and
maintain an associate degree in early childhood education
or a related field.
(b) The board shall demonstrate that the community college
district has the expertise, resources, and student interest to
establish and offer a baccalaureate-level early childhood
education program. An application for approval from the State
Board shall include, but is not limited to, all of the
(1) The board shall describe the labor market need as
specified in paragraph (4) of subsection (a) of this
(2) The board shall describe the program's purpose,
its target population, related occupations, and career
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(3) The board shall demonstrate the community college
has developed quality curricula that aligns with federal,
State, and local requirements and will prepare graduates
with the appropriate level of skill to meet their
(4) The board shall verify the community college has
the fiscal resources in place or has budgeted for
financial support for the program in a cost-effective
(5) The board shall identify and document the faculty
available for teaching the program, including the number
of full-time faculty anticipated to teach in the program,
and a description of their qualifications (including
highest degree earned), teaching experience, professional
experience, and licenses held. The board must also
indicate how faculty are to be evaluated.
(c) A community college district is prohibited from using
semester credit hours generated in a baccalaureate degree
program for grants received pursuant to Section 2-16.02 of
(d) A community college offering educator licensure must
establish standards and procedures for the denial of
recommendation for licensure, in compliance with Section
21B-95 of the School Code.
(e) A candidate for educator licensure must successfully
complete the applicable testing requirements under Section
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21B-30 of the School Code and any corresponding administrative
rules prior to the issuance of an educator license and any
(f) The State Board shall conduct a statewide evaluation
of all programs established under this Section. The results of
the evaluation shall be reported, in writing, on or before
July 1, 2028 to all of the following:
(1) The Board of Higher Education.
(2) The Speaker of the House of Representatives.
(3) The Minority Leader of the House of
(4) The President of the Senate.
(5) The Minority Leader of the Senate.
(6) The Governor's Office of Management and Budget.
The evaluation shall include, but is not limited to, all
of the following:
(A) The number of new programs established under this
Section, including information identifying applicants,
admissions, enrollments, demographic characteristics of
students, and degree recipients.
(B) The extent to which the programs established under
this Section fulfill identified workforce needs.
(C) Which community college districts applied for a
program but were denied and why were they denied.
(D) The cost of each program and the funding sources
that were used to finance the programs.
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(E) Time-to-degree rates and completion rates for each
new program established under this Section.
(F) The extent to which the programs established under
this Section are in compliance with the requirements of
Boards of trustees shall submit the information necessary
to conduct the evaluation required under this subsection (f),
as determined by the evaluators, to the State Board.