Proposed Amendments to Part 25 (Educator Licensure)
The rulemaking incorporates three public acts enacted during the 2014 legislative session that pertain to requirements for qualifying for or renewing educator licenses; each of these is described below.
- P.A. 98-751, effective January 1, 2015, amended Section 21B-20 of the School Code to remove the requirement for passage of the basic skills test before an individual would qualify for receipt of an educator license with stipulations endorsed for career and technical educator. Under the new law, individuals holding the educator license with stipulations endorsed for career and technical educator are now required to pass the basic skills test at the time they renew the credential. This change will be noted in Section 25.70 (Endorsement for Career and Technical Educator).
- P.A. 98-872, effective August 11, 2014, amended Section 21B-25 of the School Code, allowing experience serving in a general administrative position to qualify an individual for receipt of a superintendent endorsement on the professional educator license. The law previously limited qualifying experience to time spent as a principal, director of special education, or chief school business official. Individuals holding the general administrative endorsement may serve as a principal but the credential also qualifies them to serve in a variety of other administrative capacities. Sections 25.355 and 25.360, which address requirements for the superintendent endorsement, will reflect service in a general administrative capacity.
- P.A. 98-917, effective August 15, 2014, also amended Section 21B-25 of the School Code, specific to the principal endorsement. Originally, the law provided that only individuals with four years of teaching experience and completing an approved principal preparation program could qualify for receipt of a principal endorsement on his or her professional educator license. Individuals holding school support personnel endorsements, however, also believed they should be able to qualify for the principal endorsement after completing an approved program. In response, the law was changed to allow for individuals with school support personnel experience to qualify for the principal endorsement until June 30, 2019. Section 25.337 (Principal Endorsement (2013)) repeats the statutory requirement to make the rule clear.
Initial Review by State Board of Education: December 2014