(105 ILCS 5/21-11.4)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on September 1, 2013)
Illinois Teacher Corps.
(a) The General Assembly finds and determines that (i) it is important to
encourage the entry of qualified professionals into elementary and secondary
teaching as a second career; and (ii) there are a number of individuals who
have bachelors' degrees, experience in the work force, and an interest in
serving youth that creates a special talent pool with great potential for
enriching the lives of Illinois children as teachers. To provide this talent
pool with the opportunity to serve children as teachers, school districts,
colleges, and universities are encouraged, as part of the public policy of this
State, to enter into collaborative programs to educate and induct these
non-traditional candidates into the teaching profession. To facilitate the
certification of such candidates, the State Board of Education, in consultation
with the State Teacher Certification Board, shall assist institutions of higher
education and school districts with the implementation of the Illinois Teacher
(b) Individuals who wish to become candidates for the Illinois Teacher Corps
program must earn a resident teacher certificate as defined in Section 21-11.3,
(1) graduation from a regionally accredited
institution of higher education with a bachelor's degree and at least a 3.00 out of a 4.00 grade point average;
(2) a minimum of 5 years of professional experience
in the area the candidate wishes to teach;
(3) passing the examinations required by the State
(4) enrollment in a Masters of Education Degree
program approved by the State Superintendent of Education in consultation with the State Teacher Certification Board; and
(5) completion of a 6 week summer intensive teacher
preparation course which is the first component of the Masters Degree program.
(c) School districts may hire an Illinois Teacher Corps candidate after the
candidate has received his or her resident teacher certificate. The school
district has the responsibility of ensuring that the candidates receive the
supports necessary to become qualified, competent and productive teachers. To
be eligible to participate in the Illinois Teacher Corps program, school
districts must provide a minimum of the following supports to the candidates:
(1) a salary and benefits package as negotiated
through the teacher contracts;
(2) a mentor certified teacher who will provide
guidance to one or more candidates under a program developed collaboratively by the school district and university;
(3) at least quarterly evaluations performed of each
candidate jointly by the mentor teacher and the principal of the school or the principal's designee; and
(4) a written and signed document from the school
district outlining the support the district intends to provide to the candidates, for approval by the State Teacher Certification Board.
(d) Illinois institutions of higher education shall work collaboratively
with school districts and the State Teacher Certification Board to academically
prepare the candidates for the teaching profession. To be eligible to
participate, the College or School of Education of a participating Illinois
institution of higher education must develop a curriculum that provides, upon
completion, a Masters Degree in Education for the candidates. The Masters
Degree program must:
(1) receive approval from the State Teacher
(2) take no longer than 3 summers and 2 academic
years to complete, and balance the needs and time constraints of the candidates.
(e) Upon successful completion of the Masters Degree program, the candidate
receives an Initial Teaching Certificate in the State of Illinois.
(f) If an individual wishes to become a candidate in the Illinois Teacher
Corps program, but does not possess 5 years of professional experience, the
individual may qualify for the program by participating in a one year
internship teacher preparation program with a school district. The one year
internship shall be developed collaboratively by the school district and the
Illinois institution of higher education, and shall be approved by the State
Teacher Certification Board.
(g) The State Board of Education is authorized to award grants to school
districts that seek to prepare candidates for the teaching profession who have
bachelors' degrees and professional work experience in subjects relevant to
teaching fields, but who do not have formal preparation for teaching. Grants
may be made to school districts for up to $3,000 per candidate when the school
district, in cooperation with a public or private university and the school
district's teacher bargaining unit, develop a program designed to prepare
teachers pursuant to the Illinois Teacher Corps program under this Section.
(h) Beginning September 1, 2011, individuals may no longer be admitted to Illinois Teacher Corps programs.
(i) This Section is repealed on September 1, 2013.
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)