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Paraprofessional License Information


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To obtain a Paraprofessional License in the State of Illinois: 

  1. Visit and at the top center click on System Quick Links --> ELIS: Educator Licensure Information System -->  EDUCATOR ACCESS --> Login to your ELIS account --> CLICK HERE FOR FIRST TIME ACCESS TO THE ELIS SYSTEM (right side of screen).
  2. Create an account and follow the prompts.
  3. Once logged in, click on “Apply for a Paraprofessional Endorsement.” You will use a credit card to pay a $100.00 application fee plus a convenience fee.  
  4. Mail the following to Angie Riethmaier at ROE # 17 - 200 W. Front St, Suite 500 D, Bloomington, IL  61701. 
    - An official college transcript or test score report (WorkKeys or ETS ParaPro)
    - Proof of high school graduation/high school equivalency
    If you mail these documents to the Illinois State Board of Education the process may be delayed. 
  5. Email Angie Riethmaier at to let her know why she is receiving your transcript or diploma.  If you passed the Parapro test at this office (ROE # 17), we will automatically receive your test scores.
    NEW: You can have official transcripts emailed from your university to

Registering your Paraprofessional License:

  1. After the state reviews your credentials your license will change from “Pending Review” to “Issued” and you will need to register your license. ISBE will send you an automated email when they issue the license.
  2. Log into your ELIS account, click on Registration and follow the steps.  With a credit card, you will pay $5.00 per year plus a convenience fee for your registration.
  3. When the license is issued and registered, print your current credential page to give to your school district as evidence of your valid Paraprofessional license.

ROE # 17 Offers the ETS Parapro Test
To Register for the ETS Parapro Test:

  • Call Angie R. at ROE # 17 (309) 888-5120 ext. 1200.
  • Testing is available on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at our office.
  • The test fee is $55 and is payable cash, check or PayPal and must be prepaid. This fee is non-refundable if you do not show up for your appointment. 
    CLICK HERE to pay the Paraprofessional Testing Fee via PayPal
  • The ETS Parapro Test consists of 90 multiple choice questions.  You have 2.5 hours to complete the test.  A passing score is 460 or higher and scoring occurs as soon as you finish.

Pre-Test Resources

On the day of the test please bring:

  • A photo ID and
  • Proof that you graduated from high school or passed a High School Equivalency Test.



The only requirement for renewal of your paraprofessional license is to pay the $25 renewal fee every five years.  Professional development is not required for this license. For more information about renewal, click here.



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