Illinois - PE teacher qualifications: Staff qualifications and professional development

Area: 
Staff Qualifications And Professional Development
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

State law recommends newly hired staff who teach PE be certified, licensed, or endorsed by the state in PE.

Illinois Compiled Statutes 105 ILCS 5/21B-200 Highly qualified teachers; physical and health education.
[Repealed as of August 2018.]

A teacher who teaches physical education or health education in the public schools may meet the requirements for highly qualified status that apply to teachers who teach in core academic subjects pursuant to the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Public Law 107-110).


Illinois Administrative Code Title 23 Section 1.737 Minimum Requirements for the Assignment of Teachers in Grades 9 through 12 Beginning July 1, 2004

Beginning July 1, 2004, no teacher may be assigned to teach a particular content area in any of grades 9 through 12 unless he or she holds a professional educator license in a teaching field and:

  • 1) holds the applicable endorsement for the assignment (and, in the case of the educator license with stipulations endorsed for career and technical educator, has also completed the work experience required pursuant to subsection (c));
  • 2) met the requirements of Section 1.730, 1.735, or 1.736, or their predecessor requirements, at a time when they were applicable to that assignment, as confirmed by the employing district's verification of the individual's qualifications;
  • 3) meets the minimum requirements for that assignment identified in subsection (b) and has not exhausted the three-year period of eligibility available pursuant to 23 Ill. Adm. Code 25.100(m);
  • 4) meets the requirements of Section 1.745, if applicable; or
  • 5) is assigned pursuant to 23 Ill. Adm. Code 25.430 (Short-Term Approval for Teachers at All Grade Levels).

Illinois Administrative Code Title 23 Section 25.APPENDIX D Criteria for Identification of Teachers as "Highly Qualified" in Various Circumstances

In accordance with Section 21B-200 of the School Code [105 ILCS 5/21B-200], teachers who hold an endorsement either in physical education or health shall be considered highly qualified if they meet the requirements stated in this Appendix D as relevant to general education assignments at the grade level of instruction and shall present evidence of meeting those requirements if requested to do so by their school districts of employment.

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