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If you hold a valid, comparable out of state license:
  • A copy of your valid, comparable out of state license
  • A master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education

If you do not have a valid, comparable out of state license:​

If completing a program at an Illinois institution, please work closely with the institution to ensure their specific requirements/timeframes are met.

 School Social Worker - Pre K - Age 22

  • School Social Worker ​(184)
  • Internship experience of at least 600 contact hours in a school setting
Specific Requirements:
  • The graduate school of social work must be accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • 400 hours of field experience supervised by a field instructor holding a master's or higher degree in social work.​

 School Counselor - Pre K - Age 22

Tests ​
  • ​School Counselor (181)
​Completed an internship of at least 600 clock hours (at least one semester in length) with at least 240 hours of direct service work.

If the applicant has at least two years of teaching experience, the internship requirement is reduced to 400 clock hours with at least 240 hours of direct service work.

Specific Requirements:
  • Each applicant for the school support personnel endorsement for school counselor shall hold a master's or higher degree awarded by a regionally accredited institution of higher education in school counseling.
  • The following coursework is also required as part of the program: structure, organization, and operation of the educational system, with an emphasis on P-12 schools, growth and development of children and youth, diversity of Illinois students and the laws and programs that have been signed to meet their unique needs, and effective management of the classroom and learning process.
  • Completed a supervised counseling practicum of at least 100 clock hours that included at least 40 hours of direct service work.

 School Psychologist - Pre K-Age 22

  • School Psychologist (183)
    • New Test - 237(Available 1/22/18)
  • ​​Completed a supervised field experience of at least 250 hours in a school and/or child student center.

Specific Requirements:
  • Requires a master's degree or higher in psychology or educational psychology with a specialization in school psychology.​
  • If a valid Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential is held, no other requirements need to be provided.​

 School Nurse - Pre K - Age 22

  • School Nurse ​(236)

Completed an internship that was determined by the approved program to be sufficient in length for the candidate to meet the standards set forth at 23 Ill. Adm. Code 23.120, but in no case consisted of fewer than 300 hours of experiences and was supervised by a school nurse who holds an endorsement issued under this Section with at least two full school years of full-time experience as a school nurse and at least one full school year of full-time experience with the current employer;


Completed two years of experience as a school nurse prior to 1972

Specific Requirements:
  • Requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree and a license as a registered professional nurse in Illinois.
  • Have completed an Illinois program approved for the preparation of school nurses or comparable approved program in another state or country or hold a comparable certificate or license issued by another state or country.​
Certification/Licensure in School Nursing:

Registered Nurses (RNs) who are interested in obtaining a certificate that may lead to a school nurse license (Professional Educator License) issued by the Illinois State Board of Education may contact these universities that are currently accepting students into the program. The programs are approved by the State Education Professional Licensure Board to prepare RNs to obtain a Professional Educator License (PEL) endorsed in school nursing, which is the required license to perform all the duties of a school nurse as defined in Illinois School Code.

These programs prepare registered nurses to obtain professional educator licensure endorsed for school nursing and are currently taking applications:

 Speech-Language Pathologist – Pre-K-Age 22

  • ​Spee​​ch-Language Pathologist (154/232)
​​150 hours of supervised, school-based professional experience that consists of activities related to aspects of practice addressed in the content-area standard located in 25.250 and 23 Ill. Adm. Code 28 with respect to:
planning and intervention
the learning environment
service delivery
professional conduct and ethics, and 
facilitation and advocacy
Specific Requirements:
  • A professional Speech-Language Pathology license can be used as a "valid, out-of-state license" if no educator license is issued by the awarding state.​
  • The preparation program must hold accreditation or "accreditation candidate" by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology of the American Speech Language Hearing Association at the time the applicant completed the program (ASHA).
  • Must also hold a Speech-Language Pathology license issued by the Illinois Department of Financial Professional Regulation (IDFPR​)(may be a temporary license) or a Certificate of Clinical Competency in Speech-Language Pathology from ASHA, and proof of application for the IDPR license. 
  • If you hold a Certificate of Clinical Competency in Speech-Language Pathology from ASHA and an Illinois Department of Financial Professional Regulation (IDFPR) license, you may obtain your PEL.

*To see a list of accepatable courses you may take to fulfill this coursework requirement, click here.

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