Paraprofessional and teacher aide are terms used to refer to paid instructional assistants supervised by a licensed teacher. Non-instructional assistants, such as personal care assistants and translators, are not considered paraprofessionals or teacher aides. All paraprofessionals (teacher aides) must have either a Statement of Approval from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), a Paraprofessional Endorsed Educator License with Stipulations (ELS-PARA) or one of the other eligible credentials stipulated in Section 25.510 Endorsement for Paraprofessional Educators of the administrative code.
Per the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), individuals that hold valid educator licenses are not required to apply separately for ELS-PARA; they may be employed as a paraprofessional under the following credentials:
3. Substitute License
***Please be aware that, for various reasons, some school districts may go above the state minimum by still requiring the ELS-PARA.***
There was a conversion of some of the Paraprofessional Approvals to Licensure on July 1, 2013. Refer to following link for details on the ISBE website regarding Paraprofessionals.
Current Requirements for the ELS-PARA:
***Refer to Educator License with Stipulations Endorsement Requirements (8/16)***
The following websites contain information on the Paraprofessional test options: