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Licensure Hours

1:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Tuesday – Friday:
8:30AM – 3:30PM


The applicant must be at least 19 years of age to serve students in prekindergarten through grade 12.

Beginning January 1, 2023, you may qualify for the ELS-Paraprofessional license by meeting the requirements outlined below at age 18 and may serve in prekindergarten through grade 8 only.

One of the following required:

  • Associate’s degree or higher
  • 60 semester hours of coursework
  • Coursework must be at the 100-level or higher from a regionally accredited college or university
  • High School Diploma or GED and a score of 460 or higher on the ETS Parapro Assessment

High School Diploma or GED and the following scores on the ACT WorkKeys:

  • Applied Mathematics/Applied Math (with a score of 4)
  • Reading for Information/Workplace Documents (with a score of 4)

Additional Information

  • Paraprofessional licenses are valid for 5 years and may be renewed with the payment of registration fees.
Frequently asked questions:

A: If you hold a valid professional educator license, educator license with stipulations or substitute license, you are qualified to be a paraprofessional. You do not need to hold a separate paraprofessional license.

A: Paraprofessionals must work under the direct supervision of a licensed teacher Paraprofessionals may not provide independent instruction.

A: Paraprofessionals who hold bachelor’s degrees may work as substitute teachers. Paraprofessionals who do not hold bachelor’s degrees may substitute for other paraprofessionals only.

A: Employment is handled by individual districts; applications can be found on their district website. 

South Cook School District Websites 

Employment Opportunities in South Cook Districts