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225 ILCS 454/30-15

    (225 ILCS 454/30-15)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2020)
    Sec. 30-15. Licensing of education providers; approval of courses.
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    (f) All education providers shall submit, at the time of initial application and with each license renewal, a list of courses with course materials that comply with the course requirements in this Act to be offered by the education provider. The Department may establish an online mechanism by which education providers may submit for approval by the Department upon the recommendation of the Board or its designee pre-license, post-license, or continuing education courses that are submitted after the time of the education provider's initial license application or renewal. The Department shall provide to each education provider a certificate for each approved pre-license, post-license, or continuing education course. All pre-license, post-license, or continuing education courses shall be valid for the period coinciding with the term of license of the education provider. However, in no case shall a course continue to be valid if it does not, at all times, meet all of the requirements of the core curriculum established by this Act and the Board, as modified from time to time in accordance with this Act. All education providers shall provide a copy of the certificate of the pre-license, post-license, or continuing education course within the course materials given to each student or shall display a copy of the certificate of the pre-license, post-license, or continuing education course in a conspicuous place at the location of the class.
    (g) Each education provider shall provide to the Department a report in a frequency and format determined by the Department, with information concerning students who successfully completed all approved pre-license, post-license, or continuing education courses offered by the education provider.
    (h) The Department, upon the recommendation of the Board, may temporarily suspend a licensed education provider's approved courses without hearing and refuse to accept successful completion of or participation in any of these pre-license, post-license, or continuing education courses for education credit from that education provider upon the failure of that education provider to comply with the provisions of this Act or the rules for the administration of this Act, until such time as the Department receives satisfactory assurance of compliance. The Department shall notify the education provider of the noncompliance and may initiate disciplinary proceedings pursuant to this Act. The Department may refuse to issue, suspend, revoke, or otherwise discipline the license of an education provider or may withdraw approval of a pre-license, post-license, or continuing education course for good cause. Failure to comply with the requirements of this Section or any other requirements established by rule shall be deemed to be good cause. Disciplinary proceedings shall be conducted by the Board in the same manner as other disciplinary proceedings under this Act.
    (i) Pre-license, post-license, and continuing education courses, whether submitted for approval at the time of an education provider's initial application for licensure or otherwise, must meet the following minimum course requirements:
        (1) No continuing education course shall be required
    
to be taught in increments longer than 2 hours in duration; however, for each 2 hours of course time in each course, there shall be a minimum of 100 minutes of instruction.
        (2) All core curriculum courses shall be provided
    
only in the classroom or through a live, interactive webinar or online distance education format.
        (3) Courses provided through a live, interactive
    
webinar shall require all participants to demonstrate their attendance in and attention to the course by answering or responding to at least one polling question per 30 minutes of course instruction. In no event shall the interval between polling questions exceed 30 minutes.
        (4) All participants in courses provided in an online
    
distance education format shall demonstrate proficiency with the subject matter of the course through verifiable responses to questions included in the course content.
        (5) Credit for courses completed in a classroom or
    
through a live, interactive webinar or online distance education format shall not require an examination.
        (6) Credit for courses provided through
    
correspondence, or by home study, shall require the passage of an in-person, proctored examination.
    (j) The Department is authorized to engage a third party as the Board's designee to perform the functions specifically provided for in subsection (f) of this Section, namely that of administering the online system for receipt, review, and approval or denial of new courses.
    (k) The Department may adopt any administrative rule consistent with the language and intent of this Act that may be necessary for the implementation and enforcement of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 99-227, eff. 8-3-15; 100-188, eff. 1-1-18.)