• General Personnel
     
     Teacher Qualifications

    A teacher, as the term is used in this policy, refers to an employee who is required to be licensed under State law. The following qualifications apply:
    Each teacher must:

    1. Have a valid Illinois Professional Educator License issued by the State Superintendent of Education with the required endorsements as provided in the School Code.
      1. Provide the DAOES Office with a complete transcript of credits earned in institutions of higher education.
      2. On or before September 1 of each year, unless otherwise provided in an applicable collective bargaining agreement, provide the DAOES Office with a transcript of any credits earned since the date the last transcript was filed.
      3. Notify the Director of any change in the teacher’s transcript.
    2. All teachers working in a program supported with federal funds under Title I, Part A must meet applicable State certification and licensure requirements.

    The Director or designee shall:

    1. Monitor compliance with State and federal law requirements that teachers be appropriately licensed;
    2. Through incentives for voluntary transfers, professional development, recruiting programs, or other effective strategies, ensure that minority students and students from low-income families are not taught at higher rates than other students by unqualified, out-of-field, or inexperienced teachers; and
    3. Ensure parents/guardians of students in schools receiving Title I funds are notified of their right to request their students’ classroom teachers’ professional qualifications.

    LEGAL REF.:

    20 U.S.C. §6312(e)(1)(A).

    105 ILCS 5/10-20.15, 5/21-11.4, 5/21B-15, 5/21B-20, 5/21B-25, and 5/24-23.

    23 Ill.Admin.Code §1.610 et seq., §1.705 et seq., and Part 25.

    CROSS REF.: 6:170 (Title I Programs)

     

    Adopted: June 18, 2020