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Dr. Shawn Walsh

Regional Superintendent
Phone: (815) 740-8360
Fax: (815) 740-4788


Executive Order 21-22 Regarding All School Personnel 


Paraprofessional (PARA) Short Term Approval (STA)

Gubernatorial emergency rules approved a 3 year temporary approval for individuals that have been unable to complete the exams required to obtain the Paraprofessional (PARA) License.  Individuals can work on the Paraprofessional (PARA) Short Term Approval (STA) for 3 fiscal years while completing the requirements for the PARA license.  The requirements for the PARA STA is to be at least 19 years of age, verification of high school completion or equivalent, and application fee. Please be aware that the PARA STA is no longer available for application. Remember that this approval is temporary and cannot be renewed or re-issued. Individuals must successfully obtain the Paraprofessional (PARA) License at expiration to continue in the public schools. Details regarding the PARA requirements can be found below. 

Paraprofessional Rules

Paraprofessional and teacher aide are terms used to refer to paid instructional assistants supervised by a licensed teacher. Non-instructional assistants, such as personal care assistants and translators, are not considered paraprofessionals or teacher aides. All paraprofessionals (teacher aides) must have either a Statement of Approval from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), a Paraprofessional Endorsed Educator License with Stipulations (ELS-PARA) or one of the other eligible credentials stipulated in Section 25.510 Endorsement for Paraprofessional Educators of the administrative code


Per the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), individuals that hold valid educator licenses are not required to apply separately for ELS-PARA; they may be employed as a paraprofessional under the following credentials: 

1.  Any Professional Educators License (PEL);
2.  An Educator License with Stipulations (ELS) with any of the following endorsements: 

    • Provisional educator (any grade level or subject);
    • Provisional alternative educator (any grade level or subject);
    • Transitional bilingual educator;
    • Career and technical educator (not, however, provisional career and technical educator);
    • Visiting international educator (any grade level or subject);
    • Resident teacher (any grade level or subject);
    • Short-Term Substitute License
    • Paraprofessional educator;

3. Substitute License  

***Please be aware that, for various reasons, some school districts may go above the state minimum by still requiring the ELS-PARA.***  

Current Requirements for the ELS-PARA 

1.  Be at least 19 years of age

2. Show proof of one (1) of the following requirements: 

  • Associate's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education; or
  • 60 semester hours of non-remedial coursework from a regionally accredited institution of higher education; or
  • High School Diploma or High School Equivalency and a score of 460 or higher on the ETS ParaPro test; or
  • High School Diploma or High School Equivalency and the following scores on the ACT WorkKeys tests
    • Applied Mathematics/Applied Math - 4
    • Reading for Information or Workplace Documents - 4

3.  At this time, $100 plus processing fee to apply and $30 plus processing fee to register

 ***Refer to Educator License with Stipulations Endorsement Requirements ***

 The following websites contain information on the Paraprofessional test options: 

***Refer to Educator License with Stipulations Endorsement Requirements ***


How to Apply for the Paraprofessional Endorsement in ELIS from ISBE Video on Vimeo.

Verification Documentation Submission

The ELS-PARA application wizard instructs individuals to send official transcripts directly to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).  Be aware that official transcripts can also be submitted to this office.  A paper transcript is considered official if it is still sealed in the envelope as prepared by the college Registrar.  Paper transcripts can be sent to the Will County ROE address listed on this website.  ISBE will accept electronic transcripts from reputable sources such as E-script IF you request that the electronic transcript be e-mailed directly to Carina Frausto at cfrausto@willcountyillinois.com.  We cannot accept electronic transcripts that are copies of what you received from a service.  Official transcripts already on file in ELIS do not need to be re-submitted.  If an individual is qualifying through the test options, verification can be submitted by mail or in person to the Will County ROE address listed on this website (Due to COVID-19, we currently ask that the documents below be mailed or e-mailed to Carina Frausto at cfrausto@willcountyillinois.com):

All ELS-PARA applications must be completed online through the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS). ELIS is now programmed to automatically issue the ELS-PARA when the appropriate credential is listed in the Degree tab.  If the degree is not on file at the time of application, the PARA will go into “Pending” status until the transcript and degree are on file.  If an individual is not qualifying through a degree, then evaluations can take 4-6 weeks. Educators can see the list of documents uploaded into their ELIS account by viewing the Images tab. 

ELS-PARA Registration and Renewal 

ISBE will send you an e-mail once the account is updated. Once the license has been issued, log into your ELIS account to pay the applicable registration fees.  Register the license in Will County ROE 56 by selecting the registration option from the “Action Center” box located on the Home page of your ELIS account.  Selecting that link will take you through another wizard that walks you step by step through the registration process.  The license is not valid for employment until these fees are paid.​  Since Illinois moved to licensure in 2013, ISBE no longer issues a paper or electronic version of a license.  The only verification individuals can print is a screenshot of the Credential page of the Educator Licensure Information System(ELIS) account. 

Paraprofessional Renewal