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Educational Interpreters (K-12 Setting)

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

The Illinois State Board for Education (ISBE) regulates educational sign language interpreters providing services to children in a K-12 setting. The Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS) maintains a registry of licensed educators and individuals including educational sign language interpreters. Visit Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)

  1. Select Perform a search of public license information. An inquiry page will open in a new tab.           
  2. Enter the individual’s First and Last name select Search Educators.
  3. If the individual in question has an Illinois license or approval, it will be indicated in the result.

For questions in regard to educational interpreting in a K-12 setting, please contact 217-782-5589.

Educational Interpreters in Illinois

Individuals who serve as educational sign language interpreters in preK-12 public school settings in Illinois are required to have an ISBE approval pursuant to Illinois Administrative Code Section 25.550. Individuals who have a license issued by the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC) but do NOT have an ISBE approval are not appropriately credentialed to interpret in public school settings.

See the Educational Interpreter Frequently Asked Questions on the bottom and the Illinois Interpreter for the Deaf Licensure Act of 2007 for more information.

See ISBE Approval Requirements. Please direct questions about gaining an ISBE approval to the appropriate Regional Office of Education.

ISBE may become involved with a specific situation if a state complaint or complaint of educator misconduct is filed. Questions regarding the state complaints process, other dispute resolution options, or special education matters can be directed to Questions regarding the educator misconduct process can be directed to the ISBE Legal Department at 217-782-8535.

ISBE Resources

Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA)

  • EIPA Test Options & Registration
    Note: Illinois does not provide the written test - only performance. 
    1) Under EIPA Performance Test
    2) Click on the blue button "EIPA Test Dates and Locations"
    3) Select Illinois or a desired state to register for open testing slots.
  • Carrie Speakman, Local Test Administrator
    Contact Information:
  • If there are no tests available, candidates are advised to contact a Local Test Administrator.
  • If schools (Illinois Interpreter Training Programs or K-12 Settings) in need of educational interpreters that are interested in hosting a testing site (either one time or on an ongoing basis), please contact a Local Test Administrator.