(105 ILCS 5/21B-55)
    Sec. 21B-55. Alternative route to superintendent endorsement.
    (a) The State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, may approve programs designed to provide an alternative route to superintendent endorsement on a Professional Educator License.
    (b) Entities offering an alternative route to superintendent endorsement program must have the program approved by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board.
    (c) All programs approved under this Section shall be comprised of the following 3 phases:
        (1) A course of study offered on an intensive basis
    
in education management, governance, organization, and instructional and district planning.
        (2) The person's assignment to a full-time position
    
for one school year as a superintendent.
        (3) A comprehensive assessment of the person's
    
performance by school officials and a recommendation to the State Superintendent of Education that the person be issued a superintendent endorsement on a Professional Educator License.
    (d) In order to be admitted to an alternative route to superintendent endorsement program, a candidate shall pass a test of basic skills, as required under Section 21B-30 of this Code. In order to serve as a superintendent under phase (2) of subsection (c) of this Section, an individual must be issued an alternative provisional superintendent endorsement on an Educator License with Stipulations, to be valid for only one year of serving as a superintendent. In order to receive the provisional alternative superintendent endorsement under this Section, an individual must meet all of the following requirements:
        (1) Have graduated from a regionally accredited
    
college or university with a minimum of a master's degree in a management field other than education.
        (2) Have been employed for a period of at least 5
    
years in a management level position other than education.
        (3) Have successfully completed phase (1) of
    
subsection (c) of this Section.
        (4) Have passed examinations required by Section
    
21B-30 of this Code.
    (e) Successful completion of an alternative route to superintendent endorsement program shall be deemed to satisfy any other supervisory, administrative, or management experience requirements established by law, and, once completed, an individual shall be eligible for a superintendent endorsement on a Professional Educator License.
    (f) The State Board of Education, in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, may adopt such rules as may be needed to establish and implement these alternative route to superintendent endorsement programs.
(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)