Paraprofessional

An individual who wishes to serve as a paraprofessional in an Illinois public school must hold a valid Illinois issued Professional Educator License, Substitute License or Educator License with Stipulations - Paraprofessional Educator Endorsement. To qualify for the Educator License with Stipulations - Paraprofessional Educator Endorsement (ELS-P) you must have one of the following qualifications: 

  • Official (unopened) transcript showing proof of an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution plus proof of high school diploma or GED transcript.
  • Official (unopened) transcript showing proof of a minimum of 60 hours of college coursework plus proof of high school diploma or GED transcript. 
  • Proof of passing the ACT Work Keys Assessment plus proof of high school diploma or GED transcript. 
  • Pass the ETS ParaPro assessment (460 score or higher) - evidence is a copy of your official score report plus proof of high school diploma or GED transcript. ROE #13 offers the ETS ParaPro test monthly in the Clinton County office; contact them at 618-594-2432 for test information. 
If you qualify for an Educator License with Stipulations - Paraprofessional Educator Endorsement, the application process is completed online with the Illinois State Board of Education. Log on to ISBE's web site at isbe.net and create an ELIS (Educator Licensure Information System) account. Click on the link below to learn how to create an ELIS account. Once logged in to your ELIS account, select the box stating Apply for an Illinois License, Endorsement or Approval and follow the steps. As soon as your ELS-P is issued, ISBE will send an email with instructions on registering your license with our region. A credit card will be required for the application and registration fee. 

How to Set Up an ELIS Account

Click here for the Parapro Test Registration Form

Educator License with Stipulations - Paraprofessional Educator Endorsement FAQ

Substitute Paraprofessional Packet