Requirements for Obtaining a Paraprofessional License
- At least 18 years old
Note: Paraprofessionals that are 19 years or older can work in a PK-12 setting
Paraprofessionals that are 18 years or older can work in a PK-8 setting, Per Public Act 102-0713
- 1 of the following:
- Associate’s degree or higher
- 60 semester hours of coursework
- If you have 60 or more hours of college credit you do not need to take the Work Keys test but must complete everything else to obtain your IL license. That includes bringing in a sealed, official transcript or having an electronic transcript emailed directly from the college to our office staff, [email protected]. Courses under 100-level will not count towards the 60 hours.
- High School Diploma or GED and the following scores on the ACT WorkKeys: (ROE # 17 offers the ACT WorkKeys)
- Applied Mathematics/Applied Math (with a score of 4)
- Reading for information/Workplace Documents (with a score of 4)
- High School Diploma or GED and a score of 460 or higher on the ETS Parapro Exam
NOTE: Paraprofessional licenses are valid for 5 years and may be renewed with the payment of registration fees.
What can a Paraprofessional (PARA) do?
- PARA with an Associate’s Degree can serve as an STS (must complete ROE STS Sub Authorization process)
- PARA without an Associate's Degree (only 60 hours) can serve as STS but must apply for the STS License in ELIS (must complete ROE STS Sub Authorization process)
- PARA with test scores only cannot serve as STS and is not eligible for STS License
- PARA with a Bachelor’s degree can substitute teach on the PARA License (must complete ROE Sub Authorization process)