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​Through ISBE Evaluation:​

 Chief School Business Official


  • Master's degree or higher
  • 2 years of school business management or 2 years of university experience
  • 24 semester hours of Chief School Business Official coursework as part of a state's approved preparation program
  • Passed the CSBO (224) content test


  • Master's in Business Administration, Public Administration, Finance, or Accounting.
  • 6 semester hours of CSBO Internship
  • Passed the CSBO (224​) content test

Years Valid



Cannot add teaching endorsements to this credential


May be renewed if PD and Illinois Administrators Academy (IAA) requirements are fulfilled​



  • At least 19 years of age to serve students in prekindergarten through grade 12.
  • Beginning January 1, 2023, you may qualify for the ELS-Paraprofessional license by meeting the requirements outlined below at age 18 but only may serve in prekindergarten through grade 8.
  • One of the following required:
    • Associate’s degree or higher
    • 60 semester hours of coursework
    • High School Diploma or GED and a score of 460 or higher on the ETS Parapro
    • High School Diploma or GED and the following scores on the ACT Workkeys​:
      • Applied Mathematics/Applied Math (with a score of 4)
      • Reading for information/Workplace Documents (with a score of 4)

Years Valid



Must work under the direct supervision of a licensed teacher


May be renewed with payment of registration fees


  • ​If you hold a Paraprofessional License and have a Bachelor’s Degree on file, you are qualified to be a substitute teacher.
  • Coursework must be at the 100-level or higher from a regionally accredited college or university.​​​​

 Transitional Bilingual Educator


One of the following options:

  1. Option 1
    • Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. taught in English​
    • Target Language Proficiency Test or an Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy or Global Seal of Biliteracy in the requested medium
  2. Option 2
    • Bachelor's Degree from a foreign country in the requested medium from an equivalent of a regionally accredited institution
    • Target Language Proficiency Test in English
  3. Option 3
    • A degree* from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. taught in English
    • A degree* from a foreign country in the requested medium from an equivalent of a regionally accredited institution​
    • No testing required
      ​*ONE of the degrees must be a Bachelor’s Degree
  4. Option 4
    •  Bachelor’s degree from a foreign country in the medium of English and the requested medium from an equivalent of a regionally accredited institution 
    • No testing required

*If the Target Language Proficiency Test is not available in the desired language, you must complete Option 2, 3 or 4.​ - ILTS Website​

Years Valid



Valid only for teaching transitional bilingual courses in a Pre K - Grade 12 setting and English as a Second Language (ESL) in Kindergarten - Grade 6.

Can add a world language endorsement by meeting the following requirements:

  • Pass the applicable world language test or have an Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy or Global Seal of Biliteracy in desired language

The world language endorsement​ would allow the licensee to teach that particular language in a Prekindergarten - Grade 12 setting.

Can add an LBSI endorsement by passing the LBSI (155) test and completing coursework in the following areas:

  • Survey of the exceptional child
  • General characteristics of children with disabilities within the LBSI scope
  • General methods for teaching children with disabilities within the LBSI scope
  • Psychological assessment of children with the disabilities within the LBSI scope



 Visiting International Teacher


  • Hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree
  • Prepared as a teacher at the grade level they will be employed
  • Possess adequate content knowledge in the subject matter to be taught
  • Have adequate command of the English Language
    • Option 1: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT
      • We will accept TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Home Edition test results.
      • The applicant must obtain the following minimum test scores in each section as identified below:
        • 18 – Reading
        • 17 – Listening
        • 20 – Speaking
    • Option 2: Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
      • Cambridge English level-based exam

Years Valid:

5 years if issued after 07/01/2016


This license is only available for educators educated abroad who have gone through a formal recruitment process with an Illinois school district.  The Illinois school district must have a memorandum of understanding with the country where the recruitment takes place.



Fo​r more information, visit the Visiting International Teacher Program page​​.

​​Through Entitlement:

 Alternative Provisional Educator


  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree*
  • Successfully completed the first phase of the Alternative Educator Licensure Program for Teachers
  • Passed the applicable content-area test

Years Valid





May be renewed for a third year if the holder of the license meets requirements set by the university.

 Provisional In-State Educator (PIDU)

If a candidate has completed all of the requirements for an Illinois-approved educator preparation program at an Illinois institution of higher education, but has not successfully passed the teacher performance assessment (edTPA), the candidate may be entitled for an educator license with stipulations endorsed for a provisional in-state educator by the institution where the program was completed.


  1. Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree 
  2. Successfully completed all components of an approved educator preparation program, excluding the passing of the teacher performance assessment (edTPA)
  3. Passed the applicable content test
  4. Attempted the edTPA, and received a minimum score of 3 below the current passing score on the assessment 

Years valid

1 full fiscal year from date of issuance 


Can add additional endorsements on the ELS-PIDU, via entitlement, for any content in which the educator also met endorsement requirements (i.e. coursework, test) 



​​Through The Hiring District:​

​​ Career and Technical Educator​​​​

*Hours may be obtained from a regionally accredited institution or an accredited trade and technical institution. For endorsements requiring a specific number of semester hours, coursework must be at the 100-level of higher. Remedial coursework will not be accepted.

The information is accurate at this time (note date below).  Applicants will be held to the most current statutory and administrative rule requirements.

**Specific Testing Information/Options

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