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Application Process for Short-Term Emergency Approval in Special Education

(Updated 1/27/16)

Educators holding this approval are eligible to serve students with the following disabilities in grades K-12, regardless of the teaching license currently held: learning disabilities, social emotional disorders, mental retardation, physical disabilities, autism, and traumatic brain injuries. The approval is valid for three years, and before it expires, you should obtain the LBS I endorsement. If you already hold an LBS I endorsement or approval, you are not eligible for the short-term emergency approval.

**The short-term emergency approval will no longer be issued beginning September 1, 2018**
  1. Submit an application online and pay the applicable fee (in required) in your Educator License Information System (ELIS) account.
  2. You must already hold an Illinois professional educator license endorsed for a teaching field or an educator license with stipulations endorsed for transitional bilingual educator.

  3. Complete ISBE form 73-86: Short-Term Emergency in Special Education
  4. Your school district, regional superintendent, and higher education institution where you are taking your coursework must sign the form before it is sent to ISBE.

  5. Additional documentation* to be provided by the applicant:
  6. Official transcripts showing completion of coursework in survey of exceptional children and at least one of the other three areas of coursework required for the LBS I approval
  7. Educator’s plan of study identifying enrollment in an educator preparation institution and coursework to be completed to qualify for the LBSI approval or endorsement within the three-year validity period of the short-term emergency approval.

  8. Documentation* to be provided by the employing district (public or non-public)
  9. Detailed description of the duties/responsibilities to be performed by the educator—not a generic job description
  10. Description of the disabilities, type of classes, and age ranges of the population to be served by the candidate
  11. Description of supervision, including the name, IEIN (Illinois Educator Identification Number), and the position title of the supervisor— The supervisor must hold a or b:
    1. general administrative or principal and LBS I (PK-21) endorsement
    2. an LBS I (PK-21) supervisory endorsement or the Director of Special Education endorsement

  12. Documentation* to be provided by the college/university:
  13. Verification from the licensure officer that the educator is enrolled in a preparation program leading to an LBS I approval or endorsement and that the educator’s educational plan can be completed within the three-year validity period of the short-term emergency approval.

  14. The Illinois State Board of Education will review the materials submitted and issue an endorsement or deficiency statement as appropriate. Should the request be disapproved, a detailed listing of all deficiencies will be generated.

*Documentation may be mailed to:
Illinois State Board of Education
Educator Licensure Division
100 N. First St.
Springfield, IL 62777