Executive Order 2020-31

On April 24, 2020, Governor Pritzker signed Executive Order 2020-31. The executive order provides information on temporary exemptions of certain educator licensure requirements. ISBE filed companion emergency rules on April 27, 2020.

It is important to be very clear, that the emergency rules ONLY impact your work during spring 2020 (since March 9, 2020). The emergency rules will continue to be in effect ONLY until the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation (GDP) is lifted (and we do not know when that will be).

The emergency rules also provide waivers/exemptions ONLY when the candidate experience has been interrupted by school closures. Some programs have established robust, alternative experiences to meet the internship/student teaching standards and requirements and these must be completed as directed.

It is also important to remember that being eligible for one or more exemptions does not automatically mean you will receive a license or endorsement. You must have completed all other program requirements and graduation requirements as confirmed by your advisor.

Summary of the Emergency Rules

  • Student teaching/internship and the edTPA requirements are waived during the GDP
  • The requirements of C- or better is waived during the GDP
  • Internship requirements are waived for summer 2020 and until the GDP is lifted
  • Content test requirements for subsequent or additional endorsements are modified to allow candidates to receive a short term approval that will convert to an endorsement when the content test is successfully passed
  • Passage of the content test(s) is a requirement for licensure, rather than a requirement of entry to student teaching during the GDP

You may be eligible for a waiver or exemption if any of following statements apply to you:

  • I am completing a licensure program in spring 2020 and
    • I did not submit the edTPA, or
    • I did not pass the edTPA
  • I am scheduled to complete an internship in summer 2020 (and school closures are prohibiting me from completing internship activities and hours).
  • I am seeking a subsequent teaching endorsement and I have completed all my coursework but I could not complete either/both a field experience and/or content test.
    • You will be eligible for a Short Term Approval (STA) in the content area.
    • STA is valid for 3 years and costs $50.
    • When you pass the content test, you must apply to convert it to an endorsement which costs another $50.
  • I am seeking an administrative or school support personnel endorsement and I have completed all my coursework, but I could not complete either/both a field experience and/or content test.
    • You will be eligible for a Short Term Approval (STA).
    • STA is valid for 1 year and costs $50.
    • When you pass the content test, you must apply to convert it to an endorsement which costs another $50.

If any of those statements apply to you, please complete the waiver application form and email it to your program advisor. Your advisor will complete the form, return a copy to you, and file it with the University Office of Educator Licensure and preparation.


Additional resources are also available on the ISBE website.

We recognize that these are very difficult times to navigate. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your advisor or contact me directly at jparker@niu.edu.


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