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Full Text of HB2420  98th General Assembly




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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 Sections
521-25 and 21B-25 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/21-25)  (from Ch. 122, par. 21-25)
7    (Section scheduled to be repealed on June 30, 2013)
8    Sec. 21-25. School service personnel certificate.
9    (a) For purposes of this Section, "school service
10personnel" means persons employed and performing appropriate
11services in an Illinois public or State-operated elementary
12school, secondary school, or cooperative or joint agreement
13with a governing body or board of control or a charter school
14operating in compliance with the Charter Schools Law in a
15position requiring a school service personnel certificate.
16    Subject to the provisions of Section 21-1a, a school
17service personnel certificate shall be issued to those
18applicants of good character, good health, a citizen of the
19United States and at least 19 years of age who have a
20Bachelor's degree with not fewer than 120 semester hours from a
21regionally accredited institution of higher learning and who
22meets the requirements established by the State Superintendent
23of Education in consultation with the State Teacher



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1Certification Board. A school service personnel certificate
2with a school nurse endorsement may be issued to a person who
3holds a bachelor of science degree from an institution of
4higher learning accredited by the North Central Association or
5other comparable regional accrediting association. Persons
6seeking any other endorsement on the school service personnel
7certificate shall be recommended for the endorsement by a
8recognized teacher education institution as having completed a
9program of preparation approved by the State Superintendent of
10Education in consultation with the State Teacher Certification
12    (b) Until August 30, 2002, a school service personnel
13certificate endorsed for school social work may be issued to a
14student who has completed a school social work program that has
15not been approved by the State Superintendent of Education,
16provided that each of the following conditions is met:
17        (1) The program was offered by a recognized, public
18    teacher education institution that first enrolled students
19    in its master's degree program in social work in 1998;
20        (2) The student applying for the school service
21    personnel certificate was enrolled in the institution's
22    master's degree program in social work on or after May 11,
23    1998;
24        (3) The State Superintendent verifies that the student
25    has completed coursework that is substantially similar to
26    that required in approved school social work programs,



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1    including (i) not fewer than 600 clock hours of a
2    supervised internship in a school setting or (ii) if the
3    student has completed part of a supervised internship in a
4    school setting prior to the effective date of this
5    amendatory Act of the 92nd General Assembly and receives
6    the prior approval of the State Superintendent, not fewer
7    than 300 additional clock hours of supervised work in a
8    public school setting under the supervision of a certified
9    school social worker who certifies that the supervised work
10    was completed in a satisfactory manner; and
11        (4) The student has passed a test of basic skills and
12    the test of subject matter knowledge required by Section
13    21-1a.
14    This subsection (b) does not apply after August 29, 2002.
15    (c) A school service personnel certificate shall be
16endorsed with the area of Service as determined by the State
17Superintendent of Education in consultation with the State
18Teacher Certification Board.
19    The holder of such certificate shall be entitled to all of
20the rights and privileges granted holders of a valid teaching
21certificate, including teacher benefits, compensation and
22working conditions.
23    When the holder of such certificate has earned a master's
24degree, including 8 semester hours of graduate professional
25education from a recognized institution of higher learning, and
26has at least 2 years of successful school experience while



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1holding such certificate, the certificate may be endorsed for
3    (d) Persons who have successfully achieved National Board
4certification through the National Board for Professional
5Teaching Standards shall be issued a Master School Service
6Personnel Certificate, valid for 10 years and renewable
7thereafter every 10 years through compliance with requirements
8set forth by the State Board of Education, in consultation with
9the State Teacher Certification Board. However, each holder of
10a Master School Service Personnel Certificate shall be eligible
11for a corresponding position in this State in the areas for
12which he or she holds a Master Certificate without satisfying
13any other requirements of this Code, except for those
14requirements pertaining to criminal background checks.
15    (e) School service personnel certificates are renewable
16every 5 years and may be renewed as provided in this Section.
17Requests for renewals must be submitted, in a format prescribed
18by the State Board of Education, to the regional office of
19education responsible for the school where the holder is
21    Upon completion of at least 80 hours of continuing
22professional development as provided in this subsection (e), a
23person who holds a valid school service personnel certificate
24shall have his or her certificate renewed for a period of 5
25years. A person who (i) holds an active license issued by the
26State as a clinical professional counselor, a professional



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1counselor, a marriage and family therapist, a clinical social
2worker, a social worker, or a speech-language pathologist; (ii)
3holds national certification as a Nationally Certified School
4Psychologist from the National School Psychology Certification
5Board; (iii) is nationally certified as a National Certified
6School Nurse from the National Board for Certification of
7School Nurses; (iv) is nationally certified as a National
8Certified Counselor or National Certified School Counselor
9from the National Board for Certified Counselors; or (v) holds
10a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American
11Speech-Language-Hearing Association shall be deemed to have
12satisfied the continuing professional development requirements
13established by the State Board of Education and the State
14Teacher Certification Board to renew a school service personnel
16    School service personnel certificates may be renewed by the
17State Teacher Certification Board based upon proof of
18continuing professional development. The State Board of
19Education shall (i) establish a procedure for renewing school
20service personnel certificates, which shall include without
21limitation annual timelines for the renewal process and the
22components set forth in this Section; (ii) approve or
23disapprove the providers of continuing professional
24development activities; and (iii) provide, on a timely basis to
25all school service personnel certificate holders, regional
26superintendents of schools, school districts, and others with



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1an interest in continuing professional development,
2information about the standards and requirements established
3pursuant to this subsection (e).
4    Any school service personnel certificate held by an
5individual employed and performing services in an Illinois
6public or State-operated elementary school, secondary school,
7or cooperative or joint agreement with a governing body or
8board of control in a certificated school service personnel
9position or in a charter school in compliance with the Charter
10Schools Law must be maintained Valid and Active through
11certificate renewal activities specified in the certificate
12renewal procedure established pursuant to this Section,
13provided that a holder of a Valid and Active certificate who is
14only employed on either a part-time basis or day-to-day basis
15as a substitute shall pay only the required registration fee to
16renew his or her certificate and maintain it as Valid and
17Active. All other school service personnel certificates held
18may be maintained as Valid and Exempt through the registration
19process provided for in the certificate renewal procedure
20established pursuant to Section 21-14 of this Code. A Valid and
21Exempt certificate must be immediately activated, through
22procedures developed by the State Board of Education upon the
23certificate holder becoming employed and performing services
24in an Illinois public or State-operated elementary school,
25secondary school, or cooperative or joint agreement with a
26governing body or board of control in a certificated school



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1service personnel position or in a charter school operating in
2compliance with the Charter Schools Law. A holder of a Valid
3and Exempt certificate may activate his or her certificate
4through procedures provided for in the certificate renewal
5procedure established pursuant to this Section.
6    A school service personnel certificate that has been
7maintained as Valid and Active for the 5 years of the
8certificate's validity shall be renewed as Valid and Active
9upon the certificate holder (i) completing the National Board
10for Professional Teaching Standards process in an area of
11concentration comparable to the holder's school service
12personnel certificate of endorsement or (ii) earning 80
13continuing professional development units as described in this
14Section. If, however, the certificate holder has maintained the
15certificate as Valid and Exempt for a portion of the 5-year
16period of validity, the number of continuing professional
17development units needed to renew the certificate as Valid and
18Active must be proportionately reduced by the amount of time
19the certificate was Valid and Exempt. If a certificate holder
20is employed and performs services requiring the holder's school
21service personnel certificate on a part-time basis for all or a
22portion of the certificate's 5-year period of validity, the
23number of continuing professional development units needed to
24renew the certificate as Valid and Active shall be reduced by
2550% for the amount of time the certificate holder has been
26employed and performing such services on a part-time basis.



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1"Part-time" means less than 50% of the school day or school
3    Beginning July 1, 2008, in order to satisfy the
4requirements for continuing professional development provided
5for in this Section, each Valid and Active school service
6personnel certificate holder shall complete professional
7development activities that address the certificate or those
8certificates that are required of his or her certificated
9position, if the certificate holder is employed and performing
10services in an Illinois public or State operated elementary
11school, secondary school, or cooperative or joint agreement
12with a governing body or board of control, or that certificate
13or those certificates most closely related to his or her
14teaching position, if the certificate holder is employed in a
15charter school. Except as otherwise provided in this subsection
16(e), the certificate holder's activities must address and must
17reflect the following continuing professional development
19        (1) Advance both the certificate holder's knowledge
20    and skills consistent with the Illinois Standards for the
21    service area in which the certificate is endorsed in order
22    to keep the certificate holder current in that area.
23        (2) Develop the certificate holder's knowledge and
24    skills in areas determined by the State Board of Education
25    to be critical for all school service personnel.
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1    certificate holder's local school improvement plan, if the
2    certificate holder is employed in an Illinois public or
3    State-operated elementary school, secondary school, or
4    cooperative or joint agreement with a governing body or
5    board of control.
6        (4) Address the needs of serving students with
7    disabilities, including adapting and modifying clinical or
8    professional practices to meet the needs of students with
9    disabilities and serving such students in the least
10    restrictive environment.
11        (5) Address the needs of serving students who are the
12    children of immigrants, including, if the certificate
13    holder is employed as a counselor in an Illinois public or
14    State-operated secondary school, opportunities for higher
15    education for students who are undocumented immigrants.
16    The coursework or continuing professional development
17units ("CPDU") required under this subsection (e) must total 80
18CPDUs or the equivalent and must address 4 of the 5 purposes
19described in items (1) through (5) of this subsection (e).
20Holders of school service personnel certificates may fulfill
21this obligation with any combination of semester hours or CPDUs
22as follows:
23        (A) Collaboration and partnership activities related
24    to improving the school service personnel certificate
25    holder's knowledge and skills, including (i) participating
26    on collaborative planning and professional improvement



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1    teams and committees; (ii) peer review and coaching; (iii)
2    mentoring in a formal mentoring program, including service
3    as a consulting teacher participating in a remediation
4    process formulated under Section 24A-5 of this Code; (iv)
5    participating in site-based management or decision-making
6    teams, relevant committees, boards, or task forces
7    directly related to school improvement plans; (v)
8    coordinating community resources in schools, if the
9    project is a specific goal of the school improvement plan;
10    (vi) facilitating parent education programs for a school,
11    school district, or regional office of education directly
12    related to student achievement or school improvement
13    plans; (vii) participating in business, school, or
14    community partnerships directly related to student
15    achievement or school improvement plans; or (viii)
16    supervising a student teacher (student services personnel)
17    or teacher education candidate in clinical supervision,
18    provided that the supervision may be counted only once
19    during the course of 5 years.
20        (B) Coursework from a regionally accredited
21    institution of higher learning related to one of the
22    purposes listed in items (1) through (4) of this subsection
23    (e), which shall apply at the rate of 15 continuing
24    professional development units per semester hour of credit
25    earned during the previous 5-year period when the status of
26    the holder's school service personnel certificate was



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1    Valid and Active. Proportionate reductions shall apply
2    when the holder's status was Valid and Active for less than
3    the 5-year period preceding the renewal.
4        (C) Teaching college or university courses in areas
5    relevant to the certificate area being renewed, provided
6    that the teaching may be counted only once during the
7    course of 5 years.
8        (D) Conferences, workshops, institutes, seminars, or
9    symposiums designed to improve the certificate holder's
10    knowledge and skills in the service area and applicable to
11    the purposes listed in items (1) through (5) of this
12    subsection (e). One CPDU shall be awarded for each hour of
13    attendance. No one shall receive credit for conferences,
14    workshops, institutes, seminars, or symposiums that are
15    designed for entertainment, promotional, or commercial
16    purposes or that are solely inspirational or motivational.
17    The State Superintendent of Education and regional
18    superintendents of schools are authorized to review the
19    activities and events provided or to be provided under this
20    subdivision (D) and to investigate complaints regarding
21    those activities and events. Either the State
22    Superintendent of Education or a regional superintendent
23    of schools may recommend that the State Board of Education
24    disapprove those activities and events considered to be
25    inconsistent with this subdivision (D).
26        (E) Completing non-university credit directly related



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1    to student achievement, school improvement plans, or State
2    priorities.
3        (F) Participating in or presenting at workshops,
4    seminars, conferences, institutes, or symposiums.
5        (G) Training as external reviewers for quality
6    assurance.
7        (H) Training as reviewers of university teacher
8    preparation programs.
9        (I) Other educational experiences related to improving
10    the school service personnel's knowledge and skills as a
11    teacher, including (i) participating in action research
12    and inquiry projects; (ii) traveling related to one's
13    assignment and directly related to school service
14    personnel achievement or school improvement plans and
15    approved by the regional superintendent of schools or his
16    or her designee at least 30 days prior to the travel
17    experience, provided that the traveling shall not include
18    time spent commuting to destinations where the learning
19    experience will occur; (iii) participating in study groups
20    related to student achievement or school improvement
21    plans; (iv) serving on a statewide education-related
22    committee, including without limitation the State Teacher
23    Certification Board, State Board of Education strategic
24    agenda teams, or the State Advisory Council on Education of
25    Children with Disabilities; (v) participating in
26    work/learn programs or internships; or (vi) developing a



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1    portfolio of student and teacher work.
2        (J) Professional leadership experiences related to
3    improving the teacher's knowledge and skills as a teacher,
4    including (i) participating in curriculum development or
5    assessment activities at the school, school district,
6    regional office of education, State, or national level;
7    (ii) participating in team or department leadership in a
8    school or school district; (iii) participating on external
9    or internal school or school district review teams; (iv)
10    publishing educational articles, columns, or books
11    relevant to the certificate area being renewed; or (v)
12    participating in non-strike-related professional
13    association or labor organization service or activities
14    related to professional development.
15    (f) This Section is repealed on June 30, 2013.
16(Source: P.A. 97-233, eff. 8-1-11; 97-607, eff. 8-26-11;
1797-813, eff. 7-13-12.)
18    (105 ILCS 5/21B-25)
19    Sec. 21B-25. Endorsement on licenses. All licenses issued
20under paragraph (1) of Section 21B-20 of this Code shall be
21specifically endorsed by the State Board of Education for each
22content area, school support area, and administrative area for
23which the holder of the license is qualified. Recognized
24institutions approved to offer educator preparation programs
25shall be trained to add endorsements to licenses issued to



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1applicants who meet all of the requirements for the endorsement
2or endorsements, including passing any required tests. The
3State Superintendent of Education shall randomly audit
4institutions to ensure that all rules and standards are being
5followed for entitlement or when endorsements are being
7        (1) The State Board of Education, in consultation with
8    the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, shall
9    establish, by rule, the grade level and subject area
10    endorsements to be added to the Professional Educator
11    License. These rules shall outline the requirements for
12    obtaining each endorsement.
13        (2) In addition to any and all grade level and content
14    area endorsements developed by rule, the State Board of
15    Education, in consultation with the State Educator
16    Preparation and Licensure Board, shall develop the
17    requirements for the following endorsements:
18            (A) General administrative endorsement. A general
19        administrative endorsement shall be added to a
20        Professional Educator License, provided that an
21        approved program has been completed. An individual
22        holding a general administrative endorsement may work
23        only as a principal or assistant principal or in a
24        related or similar position, as determined by the State
25        Superintendent of Education, in consultation with the
26        State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board.



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1            Beginning on September 1, 2014, the general
2        administrative endorsement shall no longer be issued.
3        Individuals who hold a valid and registered
4        administrative certificate with a general
5        administrative endorsement issued under Section 21-7.1
6        of this Code or a Professional Educator License with a
7        general administrative endorsement issued prior to
8        September 1, 2014 and who have served for at least one
9        full year during the 5 years prior in a position
10        requiring a general administrative endorsement shall,
11        upon request to the State Board of Education and
12        through July 1, 2015, have their respective general
13        administrative endorsement converted to a principal
14        endorsement on the Professional Educator License.
15        Candidates shall not be admitted to an approved general
16        administrative preparation program after September 1,
17        2012.
18            All other individuals holding a valid and
19        registered administrative certificate with a general
20        administrative endorsement issued pursuant to Section
21        21-7.1 of this Code or a general administrative
22        endorsement on a Professional Educator License issued
23        prior to September 1, 2014 shall have the general
24        administrative endorsement converted to a principal
25        endorsement on a Professional Educator License upon
26        request to the State Board of Education and by



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1        completing one of the following pathways:
2                (i) Passage of the State principal assessment
3            developed by the State Board of Education.
4                (ii) Through July 1, 2019, completion of an
5            Illinois Educators' Academy course designated by
6            the State Superintendent of Education.
7                (iii) Completion of a principal preparation
8            program established and approved pursuant to
9            Section 21B-60 of this Code and applicable rules.
10            Individuals who do not choose to convert the
11        general administrative endorsement on the
12        administrative certificate issued pursuant to Section
13        21-7.1 of this Code or on the Professional Educator
14        License shall continue to be able to serve in any
15        position previously allowed under paragraph (2) of
16        subsection (e) of Section 21-7.1 of this Code.
17            The general administrative endorsement on the
18        Professional Educator License is available only to
19        individuals who, prior to September 1, 2014, had such
20        an endorsement on the administrative certificate
21        issued pursuant to Section 21-7.1 of this Code or who
22        already have a Professional Educator License and have
23        completed a general administrative program and who do
24        not choose to convert the general administrative
25        endorsement to a principal endorsement pursuant to the
26        options in this Section.



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1            (B) Principal endorsement. A principal endorsement
2        shall be affixed to a Professional Educator License of
3        any holder who qualifies by having all of the
4        following:
5                (i) Successful completion of a principal
6            preparation program approved in accordance with
7            Section 21B-60 of this Code and any applicable
8            rules.
9                (ii) Four years of teaching in a public school
10            or nonpublic school recognized by the State Board
11            of Education; however, the State Board of
12            Education, in consultation with the State Educator
13            Preparation and Licensure Board, shall allow, by
14            rules, for fewer than 4 years of experience based
15            on meeting standards set forth in such rules,
16            including without limitation a review of
17            performance evaluations or other evidence of
18            demonstrated qualifications.
19                (iii) A master's degree or higher from a
20            regionally accredited college or university.
21            (C) Chief school business official endorsement. A
22        chief school business official endorsement shall be
23        affixed to the Professional Educator License of any
24        holder who qualifies by having a master's degree or
25        higher, 2 years of full-time administrative experience
26        in school business management or 2 years of



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1        university-approved practical experience, and a
2        minimum of 24 semester hours of graduate credit in a
3        program approved by the State Board of Education for
4        the preparation of school business administrators and
5        by passage of the applicable State tests. The chief
6        school business official endorsement may also be
7        affixed to the Professional Educator License of any
8        holder who qualifies by having a master's degree in
9        business administration, finance, or accounting and
10        who completes an additional 6 semester hours of
11        internship in school business management from a
12        regionally accredited institution of higher education
13        and passes the applicable State tests. This
14        endorsement shall be required for any individual
15        employed as a chief school business official.
16            (D) Superintendent endorsement. A superintendent
17        endorsement shall be affixed to the Professional
18        Educator License of any holder who has completed a
19        program approved by the State Board of Education for
20        the preparation of superintendents of schools, has had
21        at least 2 years of experience employed as a full-time
22        principal, director of special education, or chief
23        school business official in the public schools or in a
24        State-recognized nonpublic school in which the chief
25        administrator is required to have the licensure
26        necessary to be a principal in a public school in this



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1        State and where a majority of the teachers are required
2        to have the licensure necessary to be instructors in a
3        public school in this State, and has passed the
4        required State tests; or of any holder who has
5        completed a program from out-of-state that has a
6        program with recognition standards comparable to those
7        approved by the State Superintendent of Education and
8        holds the general administrative, principal, or chief
9        school business official endorsement and who has had 2
10        years of experience as a principal, director of special
11        education, or chief school business official while
12        holding a valid educator license or certificate
13        comparable in validity and educational and experience
14        requirements and has passed the appropriate State
15        tests, as provided in Section 21B-30 of this Code. The
16        superintendent endorsement shall allow individuals to
17        serve only as a superintendent or assistant
18        superintendent.
19            (E) Teacher leader endorsement. It shall be the
20        policy of this State to improve the quality of
21        instructional leaders by providing a career pathway
22        for teachers interested in serving in leadership
23        roles, but not as principals. The State Board of
24        Education, in consultation with the State Educator
25        Preparation and Licensure Board, may issue a teacher
26        leader endorsement under this subdivision (E). Persons



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1        who meet and successfully complete the requirements of
2        the endorsement shall be issued a teacher leader
3        endorsement on the Professional Educator License for
4        serving in schools in this State. Teacher leaders may
5        qualify to serve in such positions as department
6        chairs, coaches, mentors, curriculum and instruction
7        leaders, or other leadership positions as defined by
8        the district. The endorsement shall be available to
9        those teachers who (i) hold a Professional Educator
10        License, (ii) hold a master's degree or higher from a
11        regionally accredited institution, (iii) have
12        completed a program of study that has been approved by
13        the State Board of Education, in consultation with the
14        State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, and
15        (iv) have taken coursework in all of the following
16        areas:
17                (I) Leadership.
18                (II) Designing professional development to
19            meet teaching and learning needs.
20                (III) Building school culture that focuses on
21            student learning.
22                (IV) Using assessments to improve student
23            learning and foster school improvement.
24                (V) Building collaboration with teachers and
25            stakeholders.
26            A teacher who meets the requirements set forth in



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1        this Section and holds a teacher leader endorsement may
2        evaluate teachers pursuant to Section 24A-5 of this
3        Code, provided that the individual has completed the
4        evaluation component required by Section 24A-3 of this
5        Code and a teacher leader is allowed to evaluate
6        personnel under the respective school district's
7        collective bargaining agreement.
8            The State Board of Education, in consultation with
9        the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board,
10        may adopt such rules as may be necessary to establish
11        and implement the teacher leader endorsement program
12        and to specify the positions for which this endorsement
13        shall be required.
14            (F) Special education endorsement. A special
15        education endorsement in one or more areas shall be
16        affixed to a Professional Educator License for any
17        individual that meets those requirements established
18        by the State Board of Education in rules. Special
19        education endorsement areas shall include without
20        limitation the following:
21                (i) Learning Behavior Specialist I;
22                (ii) Learning Behavior Specialist II;
23                (iii) Speech Language Pathologist;
24                (iv) Blind or Visually Impaired;
25                (v) Deaf-Hard of Hearing; and
26                (vi) Early Childhood Special Education.



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1        Notwithstanding anything in this Code to the contrary,
2        the State Board of Education, in consultation with the
3        State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board, may
4        add additional areas of special education by rule.
5            (G) School support personnel endorsement. School
6        support personnel endorsement areas shall include, but
7        are not limited to, school counselor, marriage and
8        family therapist, school psychologist, school speech
9        and language pathologist, school nurse, and school
10        social worker. This endorsement is for individuals who
11        are not teachers or administrators, but still require
12        licensure to work in an instructional support position
13        in a public or State-operated elementary school,
14        secondary school, or cooperative or joint agreement
15        with a governing body or board of control or a charter
16        school operating in compliance with the Charter
17        Schools Law. The school support personnel endorsement
18        shall be affixed to the Professional Educator License
19        and shall meet all of the requirements established in
20        any rules adopted to implement this subdivision (G).
21        The holder of such an endorsement is entitled to all of
22        the rights and privileges granted holders of any other
23        Professional Educator License, including teacher
24        benefits, compensation, and working conditions.
25(Source: P.A. 97-607, eff. 8-26-11.)
26    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon



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1becoming law.