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Dr. Shawn Walsh

Regional Superintendent
Phone: (815) 740-8360
Fax: (815) 740-4788

Paraprofessional

Paraprofessional Requirements & Application Instructions 

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: 

  1. Any Professional Educators License (PEL); 
  2. An Educator License with Stipulations (ELS) with any of the following endorsements: 
  • Provisional educator (any grade level or subject);
  • Provisional alternative educator (any grade level or subject);
  • Transitional bilingual educator;
  • Career and technical educator (not, however, provisional career and technical educator);
  • Visiting international educator (any grade level or subject);
  • Resident teacher (any grade level or subject);
  • Paraprofessional educator; 

      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: 

  1. Be at least 20 years of age and;
  2. Show proof of one (1) of the following requirements: 
  • Associate's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution; or
  • 60 semester hours of coursework from a regionally accredited institution; or
  • High School Diploma or High School Equivalency and a score of 460 or higher on the ETS ParaPro test; or
  • High School Diploma or High School Equivalency and the following scores on the ACT WorkKeys tests:
    • Applied Mathematics — 4
    • Workplace Documents - 4 (Effective 4/1/2017)

***Refer to Educator License with Stipulations Endorsement Requirements (8/16)***

The following websites contain information on the Paraprofessional test options: 

  1. ACT WorKeys - Information for ACT WorkKeys testing offered by Joliet Junior College. 
  2. Educational Testing Service ETS

 

How to Apply for the Paraprofessional Endorsement in ELIS from ISBE Video on Vimeo.