ISBE Certificate-to-Educator License Update
The change from ISBE Certificates to Educator Licenses is scheduled to occur on July 1, 2013. Those SLPs that have school credentials will be automatically switched. This will be done electronically; you will not be receiving a paper license. It is up to each person to check the ISBE website and make sure he or she is given an Educator License that reflects all current certification.
The legislation that ISBE proposed related to Educator License renewal and the continuing education requirements for different types of Educator Licenses did not pass both houses. Until legislation is passed outlining these requirements, ISBE will be relying on Section 21B-45 of the existing School Code to govern renewal. Section 21B-45 refers to Sections 21-14 and 21-25 for the specific rules regarding continuing education. In both of these sections it states that “a speech-language pathologist or audiologist who is licensed under the Illinois Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Practice Act and who has met the continuing education requirements of that Act and the rules promulgated under that Act shall be deemed to have satisfied the continuing professional development requirements established by the State Board of Education and the Teacher Certification Board.” At this time, ISHA advises all speech-language pathologists and audiologists who hold ISBE certificates to continue to meet the continuing education requirements as outlined by IDFPR and ASHA.
The Legislative and Regulatory Affairs committees will continue to monitor the developments that occur with the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and keep the ISHA membership informed.