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Full Text of HB4956  100th 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 adding Section
521B-48 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/21B-48 new)
7    Sec. 21B-48. Three-year degree completion program.
8    (a) Beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, every
9public university in this State that offers an educator
10preparation program must offer to those students enrolled in
11the educator preparation program a 3-year degree completion
12program. The program may include, but is not limited to:
13        (1) the award of advanced placement credit;
14        (2) a waiver of degree or credit hour requirements
15    based upon completion of proficiency exams or online
16    programs; or
17        (3) completion of coursework during summer semesters.
18    (b) Prior to implementation of the 3-year program, a public
19university shall submit to the Board of Higher Education the
20curriculum and requirements of its 3-year program for approval.
21    (c) Upon completion of the 3-year program, a student shall
22receive a bachelor's degree and qualify for entitlement for
23licensure, subject to the other requirements of this Article.



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1    (d) The Board of Higher Education, in consultation with the
2State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board and the State
3Board of Education, shall adopt rules to implement this
5    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
6becoming law.