Illinois State Personnel Standards

Audiologist

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Discipline Audiologist
License/Certificate Licensed Audiologist
State Department Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
State Department Hyperlink https://www.idfpr.com/profs/SpeechLangAudio.asp
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Doctorate
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework The integrated curriculum must include at least the following subject areas in professional education (60 semester hours required): A) Basic Communication Processes i) Anatomic and physiological bases ii) Physical bases and processes of the production and perception of speech, language and hearing iii) Linguistic and psycholinguistic variables related to normal development and use of speech, language and hearing B) Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology i) Speech and language disorders ii) Audiology iii) Auditory and vestibular pathology iv) Auditory and vestibular habilitation/rehabilitation
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? To meet the requirements of professional experience for licensure as an audiologist:
a) equivalent of 9 months of full-time, supervised professional experience: 1) 30 hours or more per week over 9 months; 2) 25-29 hours per week over 12 months; 3) 20-24 hours per week over 15 months; 4) 15-19 hours per week over 18 months; 5) Less than 15 hours per week will not fulfill professional experience requirements;

b) Shall include direct client contact in at least 36 supervised activities, including but not limited to assessment/diagnosis/evaluation, screening, habilitation/ rehabilitation, and activities related to client management as it pertains to the practice of audiology: 1) At least 18 of the 36 activities shall be on-site observations or remote observation by the supervisor. One hour equals one on-site observation or remote observation; no more than 6 hours can be accrued in one day. 2) The other supervised activities may be accomplished through correspondence and include conferences, evaluation of written reports, or evaluations by professional colleagues. 3) For the purpose of this subsection (b), remote observation means that the services are being provided remotely using video-conference technology tools while the supervisor observes;

c) Shall be part of an evaluation and therapy program located in a school, clinic, hospital, community hospital, or other equivalent settings (e.g., nursing homes);

d) Shall be supervised by a licensed audiologist.

Licensure Dependent on an Exam? All test takers are encouraged to take the Praxis Audiology (5343) test. The required score for ASHA and the state boards of examiners on the new scale (100–200) is 162. ASHA will continue to accept a passing score on the Praxis test (both the 5342 and 0342 test codes) if this version is required by your state’s licensing agency. The passing score on this version of the test is 170.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist

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Discipline Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist
License/Certificate Special Education Certificate: Teacher of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
State Department Illinois State Board of Education
State Department Hyperlink https://www.isbe.net/pages/special-education-requirements.aspx 
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range PreK - 21 yrs
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework All Illinois special education teachers must hold a Bachelor's degree with a major/32 semester hours of coursework in the specific area; complete preclinical experience and student teaching in the specific area of special education teaching; and pass all required Illinois certification tests.
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? Must complete preclinical experience and student teaching in the specific area of special education (teaching students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing)
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Must pass all required Illinois certification tests (passing score=240 for each): 1. Basic Skills #096 2. Assessment of Professional Teaching (special K-12) #104 3. Special Education General Curriculum #163 4. Teacher of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing #151
Additional requirements specific to Part C? Individuals with a current Special Education degree for Deaf and Hard of Hearing may apply for an EI Specialist: Developmental Therapist/Hearing credential and enroll to bill for aural rehabilitation services. May also provide Developmental Therapy Services. (Provider is automatically enrolled under the aural rehabilitation category.)
Alternative Route Provisional or temporary The Alternative Teacher Certification program: An initial teaching certificate, valid for teaching in the common schools, shall be issued under Section 21-3 or 21-5 to persons who first complete the requirements for the provisional alternative teaching certificate and who at the time of applying for an initial teaching certificate have successfully completed the second and third phases of the Alternative Route.

Early Childhood Educator

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Discipline Early Childhood Educator
License/Certificate Early Childhood Teacher Certification
State Department Illinois State Board of Education
State Department Hyperlink https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Professional-Educator-License-Teaching-Endorsements.aspx
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - 8 yrs
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? All ISBE teaching certificates require an age-appropriate student teaching experience. Early Childhood teacher preparation programs generally require that students have the opportunity to complete clinical hours and/or student teaching experiences with two out of three age groups from birth through third grade, which is covered by Type 04 Certification. Those groups are infants and toddlers, pre-primary children (3-5), and primary (kindergarten through third grade).
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? ICTS Test of Academic Proficiency (passing score= 240) followed by two other tests: 1. Illinois Early Childhood Content Knowledge. 2. Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) test
Additional requirements specific to Part C? Credentialing and enrollment, as set forth in this Part, is only for the purpose of providing and being reimbursed for EI services as set forth in this Part. It is not a license. An individual shall meet the pertinent licensing, degree, education, and/or certification requirements for the service to be provided, as set forth in Appendix C, as well as the requirements set forth in this Section, in order to qualify for and maintain a credential to provide Early Intervention services. Credentialed providers must also enroll in order to be reimbursed for services.

Early Intervention Systems Training 1) In order to qualify for a credential, an individual must document the completion of early intervention systems training as required and provided by the Department. Parent Liaisons and Service Coordinators must complete this training within 90 days after the receipt of the temporary credential for such service. This training shall include at least: A) Practice and procedures of private insurance; B) The role of the regional intake entities, service coordination, program eligibility determinations, family fees, All Kids, and the Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) applications, referrals, and coordination with Early Intervention, and procedural safeguards; C) Introduction to the Early Intervention Program, including provider enrollment and credentialing, an overview of Early Intervention Program policies and regulations, and billing requirements; and D) Evaluation and assessment of birth-to-three children, individualized family service plan development, monitoring and review, early intervention philosophy and best practices, and quality assurance.

Alternative Route Provisional or temporary The Alternative Teacher Certification program: An initial teaching certificate, valid for teaching in the common schools, shall be issued under Section 21-3 or 21-5 to persons who first complete the requirements for the provisional alternative teaching certificate and who at the time of applying for an initial teaching certificate have successfully completed the second and third phases of the Alternative Route.

Early Childhood Special Educator

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Discipline Early Childhood Special Educator
License/Certificate Early Childhood Special Education Approval
State Department Illinois State Board of Education
State Department Hyperlink https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Professional-Educator-License-Teaching-Endorsements.aspx
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range 3 yrs - 21 yrs
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework The Early Childhood Special Education approval (ECT) is granted when an educator has completed coursework in early childhood special education methods, early childhood special education assessment, language development in the young child, and child, family, & community relationships. This is not always achieved with the completion of just four courses. Illinois institutions have identified a specific sequence of courses offered by their institutions that will meet these areas.
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? All ISBE teaching certificates require an age-appropriate student teaching experience. Early Childhood teacher preparation programs generally require that students have the opportunity to complete clinical hours and/or student teaching experiences with two out of three age groups from birth through third grade, which is covered by Type 04 Certification. Those groups are infants and toddlers, pre-primary children (3-5), and primary (kindergarten through third grade).
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1. For Educator license: Illinois Certification Testing System (ICTS) basic skills test 2. For ECSE endorsement: ICTS test of subject-matter knowledge
Additional requirements specific to Part C? Early Intervention Specialist Developmental Therapist credential required
Alternative Route Provisional or temporary The Alternative Teacher Certification program: An initial teaching certificate, valid for teaching in the common schools, shall be issued under Section 21-3 or 21-5 to persons who first complete the requirements for the provisional alternative teaching certificate and who at the time of applying for an initial teaching certificate have successfully completed the second and third phases of the Alternative Route.

Early Interventionist

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Discipline Early Interventionist
License/Certificate Early Intervention Credential
State Department Illinois Early Intervention Training Program
State Department Hyperlink https://eitp.education.illinois.edu/
Type of License/Certificate Credential
Age Range Birth to 3 years old
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework Required training completed through Western Illinois University https://www.wiu.edu/ProviderConnections

Training content includes 1) System Overview, 2) Service Coordination Training, 3) Parent Liaison Training, and additional training in 4) System Overview for Bilingual Interpreters/Translators.

Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? Have 18 months from the date their temporary credentials are issued to complete the required 240 hours of consultation verification. DT-Hearing, DT-Vision, and DT-O&M and providers credentialed under the EI service categories of Clinical Assessment, Counseling and other Therapeutic Services, Nursing, Nutrition, and Social Services, as defined in Appendix C, need only document 120 hours. Documentation of this requirement must show that the individual participated in a consultation with an appropriately experienced individual of the same discipline/Early Intervention service group who has experience working with children ages birth to three with special needs and their families. The consultation shall be in compliance with the professional standards of the individual seeking the credential, as determined and documented by the consultant. Monthly Ongoing Professional Development must occur during this period.

Family Therapist

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Discipline Family Therapist
License/Certificate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
State Department Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
State Department Hyperlink https://www.idfpr.com/profs/MarrFamTherapy.asp
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework An applicant must have completed a minimum of 48 semester hours or equivalent hours of graduate coursework. The applicant's graduate coursework, at a minimum, shall be substantially equivalent to the curriculum listed in this subsection (b). Courses are evaluated according to course content rather than course title. For the purpose of this Section, the course shall be defined as an integrated, organized course of study. No student-designed courses, independent study courses, workshops, online or correspondence courses may be used to satisfy the core courses. Course descriptions and syllabi are required for courses whose titles do not reflect the content described as follows: 1) Individual Development and Family Relations. Topics in marriage and family studies must be addressed in a minimum of 1 course (3 semesters or 4 quarter hours or equivalent). 2) Theoretical Foundations and Clinical Practice. Topics in marriage and family therapy must be addressed in a minimum of 6 courses (18 semesters or 24 quarter hours or equivalent). 3) Professional Studies and Ethics. Topics in professional studies and ethics must be addressed in a minimum of 1 course (3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours or equivalent) that includes unique professional and ethical situations involved with conjoint therapies. 4) Research. Topics in research must be addressed in a minimum of 1 course (3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours or equivalent).
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? Complete at least 1,000 hours of face-to-face client contact with individuals, couples, and families for the purpose of evaluation and treatment of mental, emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal disorders and psychopathology. At least 350 hours of the 1000 hours of face-to-face client contact must involve working with only one client present in therapy sessions, and at least 350 hours of the 1000 hours of face-to-face client contact must involve conjoint therapy, i.e., working with two or more clients present in therapy sessions who are in significant relationships with each other outside the therapy context. The applicant shall be supervised during the whole period the applicant is accumulating clinical experience.

Clinical experience in the practice of marriage and family therapy may be gained by providing treatment that includes, but is not limited to: 1) Individual and conjoint therapy. 2) Counseling; 3) Psychotherapy; 4) Assessment and treatment of mental, emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal disorders and psychopathology; 5) Behavior modification; 6) Hypnotherapy; 7) Sex Therapy; 8) Consultation; 9) Client advocacy; 10) Crisis Intervention; 11) Testing & evaluation; 12) Group therapy; 13) Multi-family therapy; 14) Psychoeducation; and 15) Therapy with children and adolescents.

Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Board's (AMFTRB) Examination in Marital and Family Therapy; pass/fail
Additional requirements specific to Part C? Marriage and Family Therapists with a current license in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may apply for an EI Specialist: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist credential and enroll to bill. Credential and CBO enrollment required.

Nurse

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Discipline Nurse
License/Certificate Licensed Registered Professional Nurse
State Department Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
State Department Hyperlink https://www.idfpr.com/profs/nursing.asp
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Associate's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework An associates degree from a National League of Nursing for Nursing Accrediting Commission accredited program and the coursework will Include, at a minimum, concepts in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, physics, microbiology, sociology, psychology, communications, growth and development, interpersonal relationships, group dynamics, cultural diversity, pharmacology and the administration of medication, nutrition and diet therapy, pathophysiology, ethics, nursing history, trends and theories, professional and legal aspects of nursing, leadership, and management in nursing, and teaching-learning theory.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX): pass/fail grade
Additional requirements specific to Part C? Registered Nurses with a current license in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may apply for an EI Specialist: Licensed Registered Nurse credential and enroll to bill. (Provider is automatically enrolled under the nutrition category.) All new Early Intervention credential applicants are required to document: 1. Specific educational/licensure requirements 2. Completion of Early Intervention System Overview Training. System Overview training is now available online at www.illinoiseitraining.org and consists of an online component and 1 day of face-to-face follow-up training. Provider Connections will process credential applications only if all educational/licensure requirements and a minimum of the online portion of EI System Overview training are documented as complete. 3. Service Coordinators and Parent Liaisons will be allowed 3 months from the date their temporary credentials are issued to verify completion of System Overview training and their respective training requirements. 4. Background check results. 5. Completion of System Overview Training. 6. Agreement to participate in Ongoing Professional Development Meetings. In addition to the above-mentioned educational and training requirements, all new providers will: 1. Have 18 months from the date their temporary credentials are issued to complete the required 240 hours of consultation verification (Form)consultation verification (Form). DT-Hearing, DT-Vision, and DT-O&M providers need to complete 120 hours. 2. Documentation of this requirement must show that the individual participated in a consultation with an appropriately experienced individual of the same discipline/Early Intervention service group who has experience working with children ages birth to three with special needs and their families. The consultation shall be in compliance with the professional standards of the individual seeking the credential, as determined and documented by the consultant. 3. All new unlicensed providers (except DTs) must complete the four core knowledge areas during the 18-month temporary period. DTs are required to document the completed four core knowledge area requirements upon application. 4. The four core knowledge area requirements have been eliminated for all licensed providers. 5. A credential extension of up to 6 months for credentialed Specialist and Associate Level providers & 90 days for credentialed Service Coordinators and Parent Liaisons may be granted due to non-compliance with Supervised Professional Experience and/or completion of training requirements established due to extreme hardship or extenuating circumstances. Such requests will be evaluated on an individual case basis and must follow the prescribed procedures. 6. Credential Extension Request Form
Additional requirements specific for schools? Illinois State Board of Education: Certification of School Nurses Candidates for the school service personnel certificate endorsed for school nursing shall hold a bachelor's degree. a. Candidates shall be licensed as registered professional nurses in Illinois pursuant to the Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing Act. b. Each candidate shall have completed an Illinois program approved for the preparation of school nurses or a comparable approved program in another state or country and/or hold a comparable certificate issued by another state or country. c. Candidates shall have met the requirements of either (c) (1) (A) and (c) (1) (B) or (c) (2) below. 1. Completion of an internship that meets each of the following requirements: A. Was determined by the approved program to be sufficient in length for the candidates to meet the standards set forth at 23 Ill. Adm. Code 23.120, but in no case consisted of fewer than 300 hours of experience. B. Was supervised by a certified school nurse with at least two full school years of full-time experience as a school nurse and at least one full school year of full-time experience with the current employer. 2. Completion of two years of experience as a school nurse prior to July 1, 1972. d. Candidates shall be required to pass the School Nurse (#182) test and also the Illinois Basic Skills Test.  https://www.isbe.net/Pages/PEL-School-Support-Ed-Lic.aspx 

Occupational Therapist

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Discipline Occupational Therapist
License/Certificate Registered Occupational Therapist
State Department Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
State Department Hyperlink https://www.idfpr.com/profs/occtherapy.asp
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? Perform at least 6 months of occupational therapy work experience as part of an internship under a licensed Occupational Therapist.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? NBCOT (National Board of Certified Occupational Therapists): Occupational Therapist certification examination; passing score of 450
Additional requirements specific to Part C? Occupational Therapists with a current license in the state where they provide Part C services to Illinois children may apply for an EI Specialist: Licensed Occupational Therapist credential and enroll to bill. All new EI credential applicants are required to document: 1. Specific educational/licensure requirements 2. Completion of EI System Overview Training. System Overview training is now available online at www.illinoiseitraining.org and consists of an online component and 1 day of face-to-face follow-up training. Provider Connections will process credential applications only if all educational/licensure requirements and a minimum of the online portion of EI System Overview training are documented as complete. 3. Service Coordinators and Parent Liaisons will be allowed 3 months from the date their temporary credentials are issued to verify completion of System Overview training and their respective training requirements. 4. Background check results. 5. Completion of System Overview Training. 6. Agreement to participate in Ongoing Professional Development Meetings. In addition to the above-mentioned educational and training requirements, all new providers will: 1. Have 18 months from the date their temporary credentials are issued to complete the required 240 hours of consultation verification (Form)consultation verification (Form). DT-Hearing, DT-Vision, and DT-O&M providers need to complete 120 hours. 2. Documentation of this requirement must show that the individual participated in a consultation with an appropriately experienced individual of the same discipline/Early Intervention service group who has experience working with children ages birth to three with special needs and their families. The consultation shall be in compliance with the professional standards of the individual seeking the credential, as determined and documented by the consultant. 3. All new unlicensed providers (except DTs) must complete the four core knowledge areas during the 18-month temporary period. DTs are required to document the completed four core knowledge area requirements upon application. 4. The four core knowledge area requirements have been eliminated for all licensed providers. 5. A credential extension of up to 6 months for credentialed Specialist and Associate Level providers & 90 days for credentialed Service Coordinators and Parent Liaisons may be granted due to non-compliance with Supervised Professional Experience and/or completion of training requirements established due to extreme hardship or extenuating circumstances. Such requests will be evaluated on an individual case basis and must follow the prescribed procedures.

Physical Therapist

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Discipline Physical Therapist
License/Certificate Licensed Physical Therapist
State Department Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
State Department Hyperlink https://www.idfpr.com/profs/pt.asp
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy examination for physical therapists; passing scaled score of 600
Additional requirements specific to Part C? Physical Therapists with a current license in the state where they provide Part C EI service to Illinois children may apply for an EI Specialist: Licensed Physical Therapist credential and enroll to bill.

Psychologist

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Discipline Psychologist (Clinical)
License/Certificate Licensed Clinical Psychologist
State Department Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
State Department Hyperlink https://www.idfpr.com/profs/psych.asp
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Doctorate
License Specific Coursework? The following minimum standards shall be met for an accredited program:
A) Program must be clearly identified and labeled as a psychology program. The program must specify in institutional catalogs and brochures its intent to educate and train psychologists;B) The program has an identifiable core psychology faculty on-site and a psychologist responsible for the program;

C) The program encompasses a minimum of 3 academic years of full-time graduate study;

D) The program has a one-year residence. Residence requires interaction with psychology faculty and other matriculated psychology students. One year's residence or its equivalent is defined as follows: i) 30 semester hours taken on a full-time or part-time basis at the institution, accumulated within 24 months; or ii) A minimum of 350 hours of student-faculty contact involving face-to-face individual or group courses or seminars accumulated within 18 months. The educational meetings must include both faculty-student and student-student interaction, be conducted by the psychology faculty of the institution at least 90% of the time, be fully documented by the institution, and relate substantially to the program and course content. The institution must clearly document how the applicant's performance is assessed and evaluated.

E) Applicant’s program shall include the following 7 core content areas: 1) Scientific and professional ethics in psychology, 2) Biological basis of behavior such as physiological psychology, comparative psychology, neuropsychology, sensation and perception, psychopharmacology; 3) Cognitive-affective basis of behavior such as learning, thinking, motivation, emotion; 4) Social basis of behavior such as social psychology, group processes, organizational and systems theory; 5) Individual differences that include instruction in theories of normal and abnormal personality functioning; 6) Assessment that includes instruction in clinical interviewing and the administration, scoring and interpretation of psychological test batteries for the diagnosis of mental abilities and personality functioning 7) Treatment modalities that include instruction in the theory and application of a diverse range of psychological interventions for the treatment of mental, emotional, behavioral or nervous disorders.

Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? The following sets forth standards for practicums, internships or equivalent supervised experience and the 2 years of supervised experience required for licensure as a clinical psychologist;
a) Practicums, internships or equivalent supervised experience and the 2 years of supervised experience: 1) experience obtained after enrollment in a doctoral psychology program; 2) shall involve the practice of clinical psychology- Illustrative tasks are: assessing, diagnosing, and treating individuals with mental, emotional, behavioral or nervous disorders or conditions, or individuals with developmental disabilities.
b) Practicum. In addition to the requirements set forth in subsection (a), the applicant's practicum (externship or clerkship) shall: 1) Be a part of the coursework in the doctoral program or be an equivalent 400 hours of coursework or training completed with a grade of satisfactory or better in a new area of competence approved by the Board prior to initiating the training. 2) Involve the applicant in direct clinical psychology services to the client. 3) Be performed pursuant to the order, control, and full professional responsibility of the supervisor, who shall meet with the applicant face-to-face for a minimum of 40 hours. 4) Be a minimum of 400 hours in duration. These 400 hours do not have to take place in a single setting. 5) Not count toward the 2 years of supervised experience required for licensure. 6) Clearly delineate between practicum, internship, and supervised work experience, using identifiable dates at the time of application.
c) Internship. To meet the requirements of internship or equivalent supervised clinical experience in an organized health care setting, the internship or clinical experience may include both paid and unpaid experience obtained by the applicant and shall, in addition to the requirements set forth in subsection (a): 1) Be an organized pre-planned training program (in contrast to supervised experience or on the job training) designed to provide the applicant with a pre-planned, programmed sequence of training experiences that includes documented goals and objectives. The primary focus and purpose is assuring breadth and quality of training. 2) Include a minimum of one hour per week of regularly scheduled, face-to-face individual supervision with the specific intent of dealing with health services rendered directly by the applicant. There must also have been at least 2 additional hours per week in learning activities such as case conferences, including cases in which the intern was actively involved; seminars dealing with clinical issues; co-therapy with a staff person, including discussion; group supervision; and additional individual supervision. 3) Involve the applicant in direct clinical psychology services to the client (defined in Section 2 of the Act) as a part of the training experience. 4) Be under the individual and personal supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist or a licensed psychologist who is engaged in clinical psychology whose license is active and in good standing. 5) Be performed pursuant to the order, control, and full professional responsibility of the supervisor. 6) Include a minimum of 1750 hours completed within 24 months. The 1750 hours may not be completed in less than 50 weeks regardless of the number of hours worked per week: i. Full-time experience shall be at least 35 hours per week and shall be obtained in a single set during a minimum of 6 months; ii. Part-time experience will only be counted if it is 18 hours or more per week for a minimum of 9 months and is in a single setting.
d) Clinical Experience. To meet the experience requirements the experience may include both paid and unpaid experience obtained by the applicant and shall, in addition to the requirements set forth in subsection (a): 1) Contain/include clinical psychology experience, at least one year of which must be post-doctoral. Practicum experience may not be counted toward fulfilling the 2 years of supervised experience: i. A year of experience is defined as 1750 hours obtained in not less than 50 weeks and completed within a 36 month period; ii. Full-time work experience must be obtained in a single setting for a minimum of 6 months with at least 35 hours per week; iii. Part-time experience will only be counted if it is 18 hours or more a week during a minimum of 9 months and is in a single setting; iv. Post-doctoral experience may begin upon completion of degree requirements for the doctoral degree, if verification of the date of completion of the degree requirement, when different from the date of graduation, is certified to the Division by the appropriate administrative officer of the applicant's educational institution. 2) Be obtained prior to the date of the examination. Applicants completing the required experience after the examination date will be considered for the next examination. All supervised experience completed prior to the application date must be listed on the application in order to be considered. 3) Include a minimum of one hour per week of regularly scheduled face-to-face individual supervision with the specific intent of dealing with health services rendered directly by the applicant.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), a passing score is 500, which means passing about 70% of the 225 multiple choice questions on the exam.
Additional requirements specific to Part C? Clinical Psychologists with a current license in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may apply for an EI Specialist: Licensed Clinical Psychologist credential and enroll to bill.
Additional requirements specific for schools? Certification of School Psychologists a. Candidates for the school service personnel certificate endorsed for school psychology shall hold a master's or higher degree in psychology or educational psychology with a specialization in school psychology from a regionally accredited institution. b. Each candidate shall have completed an Illinois program approved for the preparation of school psychologists or a comparable approved program in another state or country and/or hold a comparable certificate issued by another state or country. c. Candidates shall have completed both a supervised field experience of at least 250 hours in a school setting and/or child study center and an internship of at least 1200 contact hours lasting a full school year under the direction of a certified school psychologist. The internship requirement may be waived with verification of a full year of professional school psychologist experience on a valid state-issued school psychologist certificate, or an Illinois provisional school psychologist certificate. d. Candidates shall be required to pass the School Psychologist (#183) test, as well as the test of basic skills. Applicants who hold a valid school psychologist certificate from another state are assumed to have passed a test of basic skills and are exempt from the Illinois Basic Skills test unless they already failed the Illinois Basic Skills Test.

School Psychologist

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Discipline School Psychologist
License/Certificate School Service Personnel Certificate Endorsed for School Psychology
State Department Illinois State Board of Education
State Department Hyperlink https://www.isbe.net/Pages/PEL-School-Support-Ed-Lic.aspx
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range PreK to Age 21
Degree Level Requirement Master's degree or higher in psychology or educational psychology with a specialization in school psychology
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? Candidates shall have completed both a supervised field experience of at least 250 hours in a school setting and/or child study center and an internship of at least 1200 contact hours lasting a full school year under the direction of a certified school psychologist. The internship requirement may be waived with verification of a full year of professional school psychologist experience on a valid state-issued school psychologist certificate, or an Illinois provisional school psychologist certificate.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Candidates shall be required to pass the School Psychologist (#183) test, as well as the test of basic skills. Applicants who hold a valid school psychologist certificate from another state are assumed to have passed a test of basic skills and are exempt from the Illinois Basic Skills test unless they already failed the Illinois Basic Skills Test.
Additional requirements specific to Part C? Unlicensed individuals employed by school districts as School Psychologists who will only be providing services through their school employment may apply for an Early Intervention Specialist: School Psychologist credential.

Social Worker

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Discipline Social Worker
License/Certificate Licensed Social Worker
State Department Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
State Department Hyperlink https://www.idfpr.com/profs/SocialWorker.asp
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Clinical Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) examinations; pass/fail
Additional requirements specific to Part C? Social Workers with a current license in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may apply for an EI Specialist: Licensed Social Worker credential and enroll to bill. All new EI credential applicants are required to document:
  1. Specific educational/licensure requirements
  2. Completion of EI System Overview Training. System Overview training is now available online at https://eitp.education.illinois.edu/ and consists of an online component and 1 day of face-to-face follow-up training. Provider Connections will process credential applications only if all educational/licensure requirements and a minimum of the online portion of EI System Overview training are documented as complete.
  3. Service Coordinators and Parent Liaisons will be allowed 3 months from the date their temporary credentials are issued to verify completion of System Overview training and their respective training requirements.
  4. Background check results.
  5. Completion of System Overview Training.
  6. Agreement to participate in Ongoing Professional Development Meetings. In addition to the above-mentioned educational and training requirements, all new providers will: 1. Have 18 months from the date their temporary credentials are issued to complete the required 240 hours of consultation verification (Form)consultation verification (Form). DT-Hearing, DT-Vision, and DT-O&M providers need to complete 120 hours. 2. Documentation of this requirement must show that the individual participated in a consultation with an appropriately experienced individual of the same discipline/Early Intervention service group who has experience working with children ages birth to three with special needs and their families. The consultation shall be in compliance with the professional standards of the individual seeking the credential, as determined and documented by the consultant. 3. All new unlicensed providers (except DTs) must complete the four core knowledge areas during the 18-month temporary period. DTs are required to document the completed four core knowledge area requirements upon application. 4. A credential extension of up to 6 months for credentialed Specialist and Associate Level providers & 90 days for credentialed Service Coordinators and Parent Liaisons may be granted due to non-compliance with Supervised Professional Experience and/or completion of training requirements established due to extreme hardship or extenuating circumstances. Such requests will be evaluated on an individual case basis and must follow the prescribed procedures.
Additional requirements specific for schools? Certification of School Social Workers Candidates for the School Service Personnel Certificate endorsed for school social work shall: a. Hold a master's or higher degree in social work with a specialization in school social work awarded by a graduate school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

b. Have completed an Illinois program approved for the preparation of school social workers or a comparable approved program in another state or country and/or hold a comparable certificate issued by another state or country.

c. Have completed both a supervised field experience of at least 400 contact hours, supervised by a field instructor holding a master's or higher degree in social work and a school social work internship of at least 600 contact hours in a school setting or have one year's professional experience as a school social worker on a valid out-of-state school social work certificate or an Illinois provisional school service personnel certificate endorsed for school social work.

d. Be required to pass the School Social Worker (#184) test, as well as the Basic Skills test.

e. Applicants who hold a valid school social worker certificate from another state are automatically exempt from the Illinois test unless they previously failed the Illinois Basic Skills Test.

Speech Language Pathologist

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Discipline Speech-Language Pathologist
License/Certificate Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist
State Department Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
State Department Hyperlink https://www.idfpr.com/profs/SpeechLangAudio.asp
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework The curriculum must include at least the following subject areas in professional education (60 semester hours required): A) Basic Communication Processes i) Anatomic and physiological bases ii) Physical bases and processes of the production and perception of speech, language and hearing iii) Linguistic and psycholinguistic variables related to normal development and use of speech, language and hearing B) Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology i) Speech and language disorders ii) Audiology iii) Auditory and vestibular pathology iv) Auditory and vestibular habilitation/rehabilitation
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? To meet the requirements of professional experience for licensure as a speech-language pathologist:

a) equivalent of 9 months of full-time, supervised professional experience: 1) 30 hours or more per week over 9 months; 2) 25-29 hours per week over 12 months; 3) 20-24 hours per week over 15 months; 4) 15-19 hours per week over 18 months; 5) Less than 15 hours per week will not fulfill professional experience requirements;

b) Shall include direct client contact in at least 36 supervised activities, including but not limited to assessment/diagnosis/evaluation, screening, habilitation/ rehabilitation, and activities related to client management as it pertains to the practice of audiology: 1) At least 18 of the 36 activities shall be on-site observations or remote observation by the supervisor. One hour equals one on-site observation or remote observation; no more than 6 hours can be accrued in one day. 2) The other supervised activities may be accomplished through correspondence and include conferences, evaluation of written reports, or evaluations by professional colleagues. 3) For the purpose of this subsection (b), remote observation means that the services are being provided remotely using video-conference technology tools while the supervisor observes;

c) Shall be part of an evaluation and therapy program located in a school, clinic, hospital, community hospital, or other equivalent settings (e.g., nursing homes);

d) Shall be supervised by a licensed speech-language pathologist.

Licensure Dependent on an Exam? PRAXIS speech-language pathology examination test scores are reported on a 100-200score scale in one-point increments. The test code for the Praxis SLP test is 5331. The required score for ASHA and the state boards of examiners is 162.
Additional requirements specific to Part C? Speech/Language Pathologists with a current license in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may apply for an EI Specialist: Licensed Speech/Language Pathologist credential and enroll to bill. (Provider is automatically enrolled under aural rehabilitation and speech therapy categories.) Individuals with a master's in speech-language pathology who are participating in a supervised professional experience and hold a temporary license in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may apply for an EI Associate: Speech/Language Pathologist in supervised professional experience credential. Associate services are billed under the enrolled supervisor's name. All new EI credential applicants are required to document:
  1. Specific educational/licensure requirements
  2. Completion of EI System Overview Training. System Overview training is now available online at https://eitp.education.illinois.edu/ and consists of an online component and 1 day of face-to-face follow-up training. Provider Connections will process credential applications only if all educational/licensure requirements and a minimum of the online portion of EI System Overview training are documented as complete.
  3. Service Coordinators and Parent Liaisons will be allowed 3 months from the date their temporary credentials are issued to verify completion of System Overview training and their respective training requirements.
  4. Background check results.
  5. Completion of System Overview Training.
  6. Agreement to participate in Ongoing Professional Development Meetings. In addition to the above-mentioned educational and training requirements, all new providers will: 1. Have 18 months from the date their temporary credentials are issued to complete the required 240 hours of consultation verification (Form)consultation verification (Form). DT-Hearing, DT-Vision, and DT-O&M providers need to complete 120 hours. 2. Documentation of this requirement must show that the individual participated in a consultation with an appropriately experienced individual of the same discipline/Early Intervention service group who has experience working with children ages birth to three with special needs and their families. The consultation shall be in compliance with the professional standards of the individual seeking the credential, as determined and documented by the consultant. 3. All new unlicensed providers (except DTs) must complete the four core knowledge areas during the 18-month temporary period. DTs are required to document the completed four core knowledge area requirements upon application. 4. The four core knowledge area requirements have been eliminated for all licensed providers. 5. A credential extension of up to 6 months for credentialed Specialist and Associate Level providers & 90 days for credentialed Service Coordinators and Parent Liaisons may be granted due to non-compliance with Supervised Professional Experience and/or completion of training requirements established due to extreme hardship or extenuating circumstances. Such requests will be evaluated on an individual case basis and must follow the prescribed procedures. 6. Credential Extension Request Form.
Additional requirements specific for schools? A School Service Personnel Certificate with a speech and language endorsement will be issued under Section 21-25 of the School Code of Illinois to speech-language pathologists who meet ALL of the following requirements:
  1. IDFPR License One of the following (a, b, or c) must be applicable: a. regular valid IDFPR license b. valid Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA and a regular license from another state/territory/District of Columbia and has applied for an IDFPR license c. holds or has applied for temporary IDFPR license
  2. Master's or Doctoral Degree Holds a master's or doctoral degree with a major in speech-language pathology from an institution whose course of study was approved or program was accredited by ASHA or its predecessor.
  3. Approved Program One of the following (a, b, or c) must be applicable: a. Completed an Illinois-approved program b. Completed a program in another state/territory that is comparable to an approved Illinois-approved program c. Holds a certificate issued by another state/territory that is comparable to a school service personnel certificate with a speech-language endorsement.

Vision Specialist

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Discipline Vision Specialist
License/Certificate Special Education Certificate: Teacher of Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired
State Department Illinois State Board of Education
State Department Hyperlink https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Professional-Educator-License-Teaching-Endorsements.aspx
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range PreK - 21 yrs
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework All Illinois special education teachers must hold a Bachelor's degree with a major/32 semester hours of coursework in the specific area; complete preclinical experience and student teaching in the specific area of special education teaching; and pass all required Illinois certification tests.
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? Must complete preclinical experience and student teaching in the specific area of special education (teaching students who are blind or visually impaired)
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Must pass all required Illinois certification tests (passing score=240 for each): 1. Basic Skills #096 2. Assessment of Professional Teaching (special K - 12) #104 3. Special Education General Curriculum #163 4. Teacher of Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired #151
Additional requirements specific to Part C? Individuals with (1) a bachelor's degree or higher in Orientation and Mobility or (2) a Special Education degree for Blind and Partially Seeing may apply for an Early Intervention Specialist: Developmental Therapist/Vision credential and enroll to bill for Part C Services. They may provide Developmental and/or Vision Therapy services related to visual functioning based on their qualifications and experience. (Provider is automatically enrolled under the vision category.)
Alternative Route Provisional or temporary The Alternative Teacher Certification program: An initial teaching certificate, valid for teaching in the common schools, shall be issued under Section 21-3 or 21-5 to persons who first complete the requirements for the provisional alternative teaching certificate and who at the time of applying for an initial teaching certificate have successfully completed the second and third phases of the Alternative Route.

Early Intervention Credential

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Discipline Early Interventionist
License/Certificate Early Intervention Credential
State Department Illinois Early Intervention Training Program
State Department Hyperlink http://eitp.education.illinois.edu/ 
Type of License/Certificate Credential
Age Range Birth - 3 years old
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework Required training completed through Western Illinois University

http://www.wiu.edu/ProviderConnections/.

Training content includes 1) System Overview, 2) Service Coordination Training, 3) Parent Liaison Training, and an additional training in 4) System Overview for Bilingual Interpreters/Translators.

Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? Have 18 months from the date their temporary credentials are issued to complete the required 240 hours of consultation verification. DT-Hearing, DT-Vision, and DT-O&M and providers credentialed under the EI service categories of Clinical Assessment, Counseling and other Therapeutic Services, Nursing, Nutrition, and Social Services, as defined in Appendix C, need only document 120 hours. Documentation of this requirement must show that the individual participated in consultation with an appropriately experienced individual of the same discipline/Early Intervention service group who has experience working with children ages birth to three with special needs and their families. The consultation shall be in compliance with the professional standards of the individual seeking the credential, as determined and documented by the consultant. Monthly Ongoing Professional Development must occur during this period.