PARAPROFESSIONAL LICENSE INFORMATION

Paraprofessional information is located here on the ISBE website

*Must be at least 19 years of age and show proof of one of the following:

1of the Following:

  • Associate’s degree or higher

  • 60 semester hours of coursework*

  • High School Diploma or GED and a score of 460 or higher on the ETS Parapro

  • High School Diploma or GED and the following scores on the ACT Workkeys:

    • Applied Mathematics/Applied Math (with a score of 4)

    • Reading for information/Workplace Documents (with a score of 4)

*Notes:

  • ​​Paraprofessional licenses are valid for 5 years, and may be renewed with the payment of registration fees.

  • If you hold a Paraprofessional License and have a Bachelor’s Degree on file, you are qualified to be a substitute teacher.​​​​

  • Coursework must be at the 100-level or higher from a regionally accredited college or university.​

  • View Substitute and Paraprofessional License Checklist​

To set up the ACT Work Keys Test contact the Danville Area Community College Testing Center - 217-443-8708.

To set up the ETS Parapro test at KCC, schedule your test by emailing the Testing Center at paraprotest@kcc.edu. Tests are typically offered on the first Thursday of every month by confirmed appointments only. The ETS Parapro test can now be taken remotely from your own computer at home or a secure location. Visit their website to view equipment requirements and learn how to register. *** Please note that it can take 2 - 3 weeks to receive official score reports if you opt to test from home.

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR EDUCATOR LICENSE WITH STIPULATIONS - PARAPROFESSIONAL - ELS (PARA)

1. Individuals applying for an Educator License with Stipulations - ELS (Para) - must use ELIS on the Illinois State Board of Education website, www.isbe.net. At the top of the page, click on "System Quick Links" and then "ELIS: Educator Licensure Information System." In the Educator Access box, click on "Log in to your ELIS account." On the next page, on the left-hand side, click on "Click Here For First Time Access To The ELIS System." 

2. On your Homepage, under your Action Center box, click on “Apply for a Credential.” On the next screen, click Paraprofessional License (Teacher's Aide). Continue the wizard. You will pay a $100 application fee, plus a service charge with a credit or debit card. *If you need help, please refer to the video How to Apply for a Paraprofessional License

3. Submit documentation to meet one of the following criteria:

  • Associate’s degree or higher

  • 60 semester hours of coursework*

  • High School Diploma or GED and a score of 460 or higher on the ETS Parapro

  • High School Diploma or GED and the following scores on the ACT Workkeys:

    • Applied Mathematics/Applied Math (with a score of 4)

    • Reading for information/Workplace Documents (with a score of 4)

Official, sealed transcripts from a regionally accredited institution of higher education may be mailed to the Champaign-Ford Regional Office of Education at 3358 Big Pine Trail, Champaign, IL 61822, or the university may e-mail transcripts to Jenn Diercks - jdiercks@roe9.org

Transcripts can also be mailed to the Illinois State Board of Education, 100 N. First St., S-306, Springfield, IL 62777-001. 

Please Note If your name on transcripts is different from your current name, please send Jennifer Diercks an email that lists your maiden and married names, along with your IEIN Number. This makes it easier to match up the documents with the correct ELIS account. 

4. Once the Educator License with Stipulations - ELS (Para)- is issued, You will need to log back in to your ELIS account to register the license. Registration is $5 per year. The registration fee is $25/$30, plus a service charge. Make sure to register your license in Region 09.