PRIORITY Processing of Applications for Certificates and Endorsements
The Educator Certification Division has an established procedure to help districts fill positions and candidates gain employment on a priority rush basis.
Rush requests should be limited to job-dependent situations where there is a reasonable expectation that the certificate, endorsement or approval will be issued. For certificates, the ROE can verify that the applicant has submitted the following:
- an application
- a copy of a valid, comparable certificate from another state
- official transcripts
- a provisional certificate request.
For a rush request for an endorsement or approval, the ROE can verify that the applicant has submitted the following:
- an application
- official transcripts.
Many endorsements and approvals require tests. The ROE should verify whether the test has been passed. If it has not, the district should be advised that the applicant is not eligible for the endorsement or approval at this time.
Priority processing may be requested only through a Regional Superintendent (in Chicago, the Human Resource Department of Chicago Public Schools). A local district may request that the ROE (or CPS) send priority notification to the State Board of Education. The regional superintendent will determine the validity of the request and then submit a completed priority rush form to the State Board. ISBE Educator Certification staff will process priority applications within two weeks (10 working days).
Note: Applicants should contact their ROE, not the Springfield ISBE office, for information about their application. ISBE's Springfield office does not have sufficient staff to assist applicants individually.