(105 ILCS 5/21-5e)
    Sec. 21-5e. Alternative Route to Administrative Certification for National Board Certified Teachers.
    (a) It shall be the policy of the State of Illinois to improve the recruitment and preparation of instructional leaders.
    (b) On or before July 1, 2007, the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Teacher Certification Board, may establish and implement one or more alternative route to administrative certification for teacher leaders, to be known as the Alternative Route to an Administrative Certificate for National Board Certified Teachers. "Teacher leader" means a certified teacher who has already received National Board certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and who has a teacher leader endorsement under Section 21-7.5 of this Code. Persons who meet the requirements of and successfully complete a program established by this Section shall be issued a standard administrative certificate for serving in schools in this State. The State Board may approve a course of study that persons must successfully complete in order to satisfy one criterion for issuance of the administrative certificate under this Section. The Alternative Route to an Administrative Certificate for National Board Certified Teachers must include content and skills contained in the Illinois Professional School Leader Standards for State certification, with the exception of content and skills that a candidate has already demonstrated meeting through National Board certification or through a teacher leadership master's degree program.
    (c) The Alternative Route to an Administrative Certificate for National Board Certified Teachers shall be comprised of the following 4 phases:
        (1) National Board certification and an endorsement
    
in teacher leadership in accordance with Section 21-7.5 of this Code;
        (2) a master's degree in a teacher leader program;
        (3) 15 hours of coursework in which the candidate
    
must show evidence of meeting competencies for organizational management and development, finance, supervision and evaluation, policy and legal issues, and leadership, as stated in the Illinois Professional School Leader Standards for principals; and
        (4) a passing score on the Illinois Administrator
    
Assessment.
    (d) Successful completion of the Alternative Route to an Administrative Certificate for National Board Certified Teachers shall be deemed to satisfy all requirements to receive an administrative certificate established by law. The State Board shall adopt rules that are consistent with this Section and that the State Board deems necessary for the establishment and implementation of the program.
(Source: P.A. 96-862, eff. 1-15-10.)