State of Illinois
2017 and 2018


Introduced 2/15/2018, by Sen. Omar Aquino


105 ILCS 5/21B-50

    Amends an Article of the School Code concerning educator licensure. Provides that the State Board of Education shall not approve a course of study under the Alternative Educator Licensure Program for Teachers unless the State Board can demonstrate that there is a need for a particular type of licensed educator offered by the course of study.

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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
521B-50 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/21B-50)
7    Sec. 21B-50. Alternative educator licensure program.
8    (a) There is established an alternative educator licensure
9program, to be known as the Alternative Educator Licensure
10Program for Teachers.
11    (b) Beginning on January 1, 2013, the Alternative Educator
12Licensure Program for Teachers may be offered by a recognized
13institution approved to offer educator preparation programs by
14the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State
15Educator Preparation and Licensure Board.
16    The program shall be comprised of 4 phases:
17        (1) A course of study that at a minimum includes
18    instructional planning; instructional strategies,
19    including special education, reading, and English language
20    learning; classroom management; and the assessment of
21    students and use of data to drive instruction. The State
22    Board of Education shall not approve a course of study
23    under this Section unless the State Board can demonstrate



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1    that there is a need for a particular type of licensed
2    educator offered by the course of study.
3        (2) A year of residency, which is a candidate's
4    assignment to a full-time teaching position or as a
5    co-teacher for one full school year. An individual must
6    hold an Educator License with Stipulations with an
7    alternative provisional educator endorsement in order to
8    enter the residency and must complete additional program
9    requirements that address required State and national
10    standards, pass the assessment of professional teaching
11    before entering the second residency year, as required
12    under phase (3) of this subsection (b), and be recommended
13    by the principal and program coordinator to continue with
14    the second year of the residency.
15        (3) A second year of residency, which shall include the
16    candidate's assignment to a full-time teaching position
17    for one school year. The candidate must be assigned an
18    experienced teacher to act as a mentor and coach the
19    candidate through the second year of residency.
20        (4) A comprehensive assessment of the candidate's
21    teaching effectiveness, as evaluated by the principal and
22    the program coordinator, at the end of the second year of
23    residency. If there is disagreement between the 2
24    evaluators about the candidate's teaching effectiveness,
25    the candidate may complete one additional year of residency
26    teaching under a professional development plan developed



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1    by the principal and preparation program. At the completion
2    of the third year, a candidate must have positive
3    evaluations and a recommendation for full licensure from
4    both the principal and the program coordinator or no
5    Professional Educator License shall be issued.
6    Successful completion of the program shall be deemed to
7satisfy any other practice or student teaching and content
8matter requirements established by law.
9    (c) An alternative provisional educator endorsement on an
10Educator License with Stipulations is valid for 2 years of
11teaching in the public schools, including without limitation a
12charter school, or in a State-recognized nonpublic school in
13which the chief administrator is required to have the licensure
14necessary to be a principal in a public school in this State
15and in which a majority of the teachers are required to have
16the licensure necessary to be instructors in a public school in
17this State, but may be renewed for a third year if needed to
18complete the Alternative Educator Licensure Program for
19Teachers. The endorsement shall be issued only once to an
20individual who meets all of the following requirements:
21        (1) Has graduated from a regionally accredited college
22    or university with a bachelor's degree or higher.
23        (2) Has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or
24    greater on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent on another scale.
25        (3) Has completed a major in the content area if
26    seeking a middle or secondary level endorsement or, if



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1    seeking an early childhood, elementary, or special
2    education endorsement, has completed a major in the content
3    area of reading, English/language arts, mathematics, or
4    one of the sciences. If the individual does not have a
5    major in a content area for any level of teaching, he or
6    she must submit transcripts to the State Superintendent of
7    Education to be reviewed for equivalency.
8        (4) Has successfully completed phase (1) of subsection
9    (b) of this Section.
10        (5) Has passed a test of basic skills and content area
11    test required for the specific endorsement for admission
12    into the program, as required under Section 21B-30 of this
13    Code.
14    A candidate possessing the alternative provisional
15educator endorsement may receive a salary, benefits, and any
16other terms of employment offered to teachers in the school who
17are members of an exclusive bargaining representative, if any,
18but a school is not required to provide these benefits during
19the years of residency if the candidate is serving only as a
20co-teacher. If the candidate is serving as the teacher of
21record, the candidate must receive a salary, benefits, and any
22other terms of employment. Residency experiences must not be
23counted towards tenure.
24    (d) The recognized institution offering the Alternative
25Educator Licensure Program for Teachers must partner with a
26school district, including without limitation a charter



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1school, or a State-recognized, nonpublic school in this State
2in which the chief administrator is required to have the
3licensure necessary to be a principal in a public school in
4this State and in which a majority of the teachers are required
5to have the licensure necessary to be instructors in a public
6school in this State. The program presented for approval by the
7State Board of Education must demonstrate the supports that are
8to be provided to assist the provisional teacher during the
92-year residency period. These supports must provide
10additional contact hours with mentors during the first year of
12    (e) Upon completion of the 4 phases outlined in subsection
13(b) of this Section and all assessments required under Section
1421B-30 of this Code, an individual shall receive a Professional
15Educator License.
16    (f) The State Board of Education, in consultation with the
17State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, may adopt such
18rules as may be necessary to establish and implement the
19Alternative Educator Licensure Program for Teachers.
20(Source: P.A. 99-58, eff. 7-16-15.)