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Full Text of HB3442  103rd General Assembly


Rep. Fred Crespo

Filed: 3/13/2023





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 3442 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
521B-20 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



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1also include individuals licensed or required to be licensed
2under this Article. The first year of all licenses ends on June
330 following one full year of the license being issued.
4    The State Board of Education, in consultation with the
5State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, may adopt such
6rules as may be necessary to govern the requirements for
7licenses and endorsements under this Section.
8        (1) Professional Educator License. Persons who (i)
9    have successfully completed an approved educator
10    preparation program and are recommended for licensure by
11    the Illinois institution offering the educator preparation
12    program, (ii) have successfully completed the required
13    testing under Section 21B-30 of this Code, (iii) have
14    successfully completed coursework on the psychology of,
15    the identification of, and the methods of instruction for
16    the exceptional child, including without limitation
17    children with learning disabilities, (iv) have
18    successfully completed coursework in methods of reading
19    and reading in the content area, and (v) have met all other
20    criteria established by rule of the State Board of
21    Education shall be issued a Professional Educator License.
22    All Professional Educator Licenses are valid until June 30
23    immediately following 5 years of the license being issued.
24    The Professional Educator License shall be endorsed with
25    specific areas and grade levels in which the individual is
26    eligible to practice. For an early childhood education



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1    endorsement, an individual may satisfy the student
2    teaching requirement of his or her early childhood teacher
3    preparation program through placement in a setting with
4    children from birth through grade 2, and the individual
5    may be paid and receive credit while student teaching. The
6    student teaching experience must meet the requirements of
7    and be approved by the individual's early childhood
8    teacher preparation program.
9        Individuals can receive subsequent endorsements on the
10    Professional Educator License. Subsequent endorsements
11    shall require a minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework
12    in the endorsement area and passage of the applicable
13    content area test, unless otherwise specified by rule.
14        (2) Educator License with Stipulations. An Educator
15    License with Stipulations shall be issued an endorsement
16    that limits the license holder to one particular position
17    or does not require completion of an approved educator
18    program or both.
19        An individual with an Educator License with
20    Stipulations must not be employed by a school district or
21    any other entity to replace any presently employed teacher
22    who otherwise would not be replaced for any reason.
23        An Educator License with Stipulations may be issued
24    with the following endorsements:
25            (A) (Blank).
26            (B) Alternative provisional educator. An



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



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



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1        endorsement being issued and may be renewed.
2            An individual who holds a valid career and
3        technical educator endorsement on an Educator License
4        with Stipulations but does not hold a bachelor's
5        degree may substitute teach in career and technical
6        education classrooms.
7            (F) (Blank).
8            (G) Transitional bilingual educator. A
9        transitional bilingual educator endorsement on an
10        Educator License with Stipulations may be issued for
11        the purpose of providing instruction in accordance
12        with Article 14C of this Code to an applicant who
13        provides satisfactory evidence that he or she meets
14        all of the following requirements:
15                (i) Possesses adequate speaking, reading, and
16            writing ability in the language other than English
17            in which transitional bilingual education is
18            offered.
19                (ii) Has the ability to successfully
20            communicate in English.
21                (iii) Either possessed, within 5 years
22            previous to his or her applying for a transitional
23            bilingual educator endorsement, a valid and
24            comparable teaching certificate or comparable
25            authorization issued by a foreign country or holds
26            a degree from an institution of higher learning in



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1            a foreign country that the State Educator
2            Preparation and Licensure Board determines to be
3            the equivalent of a bachelor's degree from a
4            regionally accredited institution of higher
5            learning in the United States.
6            A transitional bilingual educator endorsement
7        shall be valid for prekindergarten through grade 12,
8        is valid until June 30 immediately following 5 years
9        of the endorsement being issued, and shall not be
10        renewed.
11            Persons holding a transitional bilingual educator
12        endorsement shall not be employed to replace any
13        presently employed teacher who otherwise would not be
14        replaced for any reason.
15            (H) Language endorsement. In an effort to
16        alleviate the shortage of teachers speaking a language
17        other than English in the public schools, an
18        individual who holds an Educator License with
19        Stipulations may also apply for a language
20        endorsement, provided that the applicant provides
21        satisfactory evidence that he or she meets all of the
22        following requirements:
23                (i) Holds a transitional bilingual
24            endorsement.
25                (ii) Has demonstrated proficiency in the
26            language for which the endorsement is to be issued



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1            by passing the applicable language content test
2            required by the State Board of Education.
3                (iii) Holds a bachelor's degree or higher from
4            a regionally accredited institution of higher
5            education or, for individuals educated in a
6            country other than the United States, holds a
7            degree from an institution of higher learning in a
8            foreign country that the State Educator
9            Preparation and Licensure Board determines to be
10            the equivalent of a bachelor's degree from a
11            regionally accredited institution of higher
12            learning in the United States.
13                (iv) (Blank).
14            A language endorsement on an Educator License with
15        Stipulations is valid for prekindergarten through
16        grade 12 for the same validity period as the
17        individual's transitional bilingual educator
18        endorsement on the Educator License with Stipulations
19        and shall not be renewed.
20            (I) Visiting international educator. A visiting
21        international educator endorsement on an Educator
22        License with Stipulations may be issued to an
23        individual who is being recruited by a particular
24        school district that conducts formal recruitment
25        programs outside of the United States to secure the
26        services of qualified teachers and who meets all of



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1        the following requirements:
2                (i) Holds the equivalent of a minimum of a
3            bachelor's degree issued in the United States.
4                (ii) Has been prepared as a teacher at the
5            grade level for which he or she will be employed.
6                (iii) Has adequate content knowledge in the
7            subject to be taught.
8                (iv) Has an adequate command of the English
9            language.
10            A holder of a visiting international educator
11        endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations
12        shall be permitted to teach in bilingual education
13        programs in the language that was the medium of
14        instruction in his or her teacher preparation program,
15        provided that he or she passes the English Language
16        Proficiency Examination or another test of writing
17        skills in English identified by the State Board of
18        Education, in consultation with the State Educator
19        Preparation and Licensure Board.
20            A visiting international educator endorsement on
21        an Educator License with Stipulations is valid for 5
22        years and shall not be renewed.
23            (J) Paraprofessional educator. A paraprofessional
24        educator endorsement on an Educator License with
25        Stipulations may be issued to an applicant who holds a
26        high school diploma or its recognized equivalent and



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1        (i) holds an associate's degree or a minimum of 60
2        semester hours of credit from a regionally accredited
3        institution of higher education; (ii) has passed a
4        paraprofessional competency test under subsection
5        (c-5) of Section 21B-30; or (iii) is at least 18 years
6        of age and will be using the Educator License with
7        Stipulations exclusively for grades prekindergarten
8        through grade 8, until the individual reaches the age
9        of 19 years and otherwise meets the criteria for a
10        paraprofessional educator endorsement pursuant to this
11        subparagraph (J). The paraprofessional educator
12        endorsement is valid until June 30 immediately
13        following 5 years of the endorsement being issued and
14        may be renewed through application and payment of the
15        appropriate fee, as required under Section 21B-40 of
16        this Code. An individual who holds only a
17        paraprofessional educator endorsement is not subject
18        to additional requirements in order to renew the
19        endorsement.
20            (K) Chief school business official. A chief school
21        business official endorsement on an Educator License
22        with Stipulations may be issued to an applicant who
23        qualifies by having a master's degree or higher, 2
24        years of full-time administrative experience in school
25        business management or 2 years of university-approved
26        practical experience, and a minimum of 24 semester



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1        hours of graduate credit in a program approved by the
2        State Board of Education for the preparation of school
3        business administrators and by passage of the
4        applicable State tests, including an applicable
5        content area test.
6            The chief school business official endorsement may
7        also be affixed to the Educator License with
8        Stipulations of any holder who qualifies by having a
9        master's degree in business administration, finance,
10        accounting, or public administration and who completes
11        an additional 6 semester hours of internship in school
12        business management from a regionally accredited
13        institution of higher education and passes the
14        applicable State tests, including an applicable
15        content area test. This endorsement shall be required
16        for any individual employed as a chief school business
17        official.
18            The chief school business official endorsement on
19        an Educator License with Stipulations is valid until
20        June 30 immediately following 5 years of the
21        endorsement being issued and may be renewed if the
22        license holder completes renewal requirements as
23        required for individuals who hold a Professional
24        Educator License endorsed for chief school business
25        official under Section 21B-45 of this Code and such
26        rules as may be adopted by the State Board of



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1        Education.
2            The State Board of Education shall adopt any rules
3        necessary to implement Public Act 100-288.
4            (L) Provisional in-state educator. A provisional
5        in-state educator endorsement on an Educator License
6        with Stipulations may be issued to a candidate who has
7        completed an Illinois-approved educator preparation
8        program at an Illinois institution of higher education
9        and who has not successfully completed an
10        evidence-based assessment of teacher effectiveness but
11        who meets all of the following requirements:
12                (i) Holds at least a bachelor's degree.
13                (ii) Has completed an approved educator
14            preparation program at an Illinois institution.
15                (iii) Has passed an applicable content area
16            test, as required by Section 21B-30 of this Code.
17                (iv) Has attempted an evidence-based
18            assessment of teacher effectiveness and received a
19            minimum score on that assessment, as established
20            by the State Board of Education in consultation
21            with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure
22            Board.
23            A provisional in-state educator endorsement on an
24        Educator License with Stipulations is valid for one
25        full fiscal year after the date of issuance and may not
26        be renewed.



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1            (M) (Blank).
2            (N) Specialized services. A specialized services
3        endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations
4        may be issued as defined and specified by rule.
5        (3) Substitute Teaching License. A Substitute Teaching
6    License may be issued to qualified applicants for
7    substitute teaching in all grades of the public schools,
8    prekindergarten through grade 12. Substitute Teaching
9    Licenses are not eligible for endorsements. Applicants for
10    a Substitute Teaching License must hold a bachelor's
11    degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution
12    of higher education or must be enrolled in an approved
13    educator preparation program in this State and have earned
14    at least 90 credit hours.
15        Substitute Teaching Licenses are valid for 5 years.
16        Substitute Teaching Licenses are valid for substitute
17    teaching in every county of this State. If an individual
18    has had his or her Professional Educator License or
19    Educator License with Stipulations suspended or revoked,
20    then that individual is not eligible to obtain a
21    Substitute Teaching License.
22        A substitute teacher may only teach in the place of a
23    licensed teacher who is under contract with the employing
24    board. If, however, there is no licensed teacher under
25    contract because of an emergency situation, then a
26    district may employ a substitute teacher for no longer



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1    than 30 calendar days per each vacant position in the
2    district if the district notifies the appropriate regional
3    office of education within 5 business days after the
4    employment of the substitute teacher in that vacant
5    position the emergency situation. A district may continue
6    to employ that same substitute teacher in that same vacant
7    position for 90 calendar days or until the end of the
8    semester, whichever is greater, if, prior to the
9    expiration of the 30-calendar-day period then current, the
10    district files a written request with the appropriate
11    regional office of education for a 30-calendar-day
12    extension on the basis that the position remains vacant
13    and the district continues to actively seek qualified
14    candidates and provides documentation that it has provided
15    training specific to the position, including training on
16    meeting the needs of students with disabilities and
17    English learners if applicable. Each extension request
18    shall be granted in writing by the regional office of
19    education. An emergency situation is one in which an
20    unforeseen vacancy has occurred and (i) a teacher is
21    unexpectedly unable to fulfill his or her contractual
22    duties or (ii) teacher capacity needs of the district
23    exceed previous indications or vacancies are unfilled due
24    to a lack of qualified candidates, and the district is
25    actively engaged in advertising to hire a fully licensed
26    teacher for the vacant position.



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1        There is no limit on the number of days that a
2    substitute teacher may teach in a single school district,
3    provided that no substitute teacher may teach for longer
4    than 120 days beginning with the 2021-2022 school year
5    through the 2022-2023 school year, otherwise 90 school
6    days for any one licensed teacher under contract in the
7    same school year. A substitute teacher who holds a
8    Professional Educator License or Educator License with
9    Stipulations shall not teach for more than 120 school days
10    for any one licensed teacher under contract in the same
11    school year. The limitations in this paragraph (3) on the
12    number of days a substitute teacher may be employed do not
13    apply to any school district operating under Article 34 of
14    this Code.
15        A school district may not require an individual who
16    holds a valid Professional Educator License or Educator
17    License with Stipulations to seek or hold a Substitute
18    Teaching License to teach as a substitute teacher.
19        (4) Short-Term Substitute Teaching License. Beginning
20    on July 1, 2018 and until June 30, 2023, the State Board of
21    Education may issue a Short-Term Substitute Teaching
22    License. A Short-Term Substitute Teaching License may be
23    issued to a qualified applicant for substitute teaching in
24    all grades of the public schools, prekindergarten through
25    grade 12. Short-Term Substitute Teaching Licenses are not
26    eligible for endorsements. Applicants for a Short-Term



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1    Substitute Teaching License must hold an associate's
2    degree or have completed at least 60 credit hours from a
3    regionally accredited institution of higher education.
4        Short-Term Substitute Teaching Licenses are valid for
5    substitute teaching in every county of this State. If an
6    individual has had his or her Professional Educator
7    License or Educator License with Stipulations suspended or
8    revoked, then that individual is not eligible to obtain a
9    Short-Term Substitute Teaching License.
10        The provisions of Sections 10-21.9 and 34-18.5 of this
11    Code apply to short-term substitute teachers.
12        An individual holding a Short-Term Substitute Teaching
13    License may teach no more than 15 consecutive days per
14    licensed teacher who is under contract. For teacher
15    absences lasting 6 or more days per licensed teacher who
16    is under contract, a school district may not hire an
17    individual holding a Short-Term Substitute Teaching
18    License, unless the Governor has declared a disaster due
19    to a public health emergency pursuant to Section 7 of the
20    Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act. An individual
21    holding a Short-Term Substitute Teaching License must
22    complete the training program under Section 10-20.67 or
23    34-18.60 of this Code to be eligible to teach at a public
24    school. This paragraph (4) is inoperative on and after
25    July 1, 2023.
26(Source: P.A. 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; 101-220, eff. 8-7-19;



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1101-594, eff. 12-5-19; 101-643, eff. 6-18-20; 102-711, eff.
21-1-23; 102-712, eff. 4-27-22; 102-713, eff. 1-1-23; 102-717,
3eff. 4-29-22; 102-894, eff. 5-20-22; revised 12-13-22.)".