School SuppliesThe following information is taken from the Illinois State Board of Education website listing the requirements to be endorsed as a paraprofessional educator:

 1.  Be at least 19 years of age and

 2.  Show proof of one (1) of the following         requirements:

  • Associate's degree or higher; or
  • 60 semester hours of coursework; or
  • High School Diploma or GED and a score of 460 or higher on the ETS ParaPro test; or
  • High School Diploma or GED and the following scores on the ACT Work Keys test:
    • Applied Math — 4
    • Workplace Documents — 4

Refer to Educator License with Stipulations Endorsement Requirements

*Note: Paraprofessional licenses are valid for 5 years, and may be renewed with the payment of registration fees.


John Wood Community College offers on-line testing for the ACT Work Keys test through their Career Services Center.  Testing is offered at the Quincy campus on the first Tuesday from 1-4 PM and the third Wednesday from 9 AM until noon of every month.  Testing is also offered at the Southeast Education Center and Mt. Sterling Learning Center when Career Services is on-site for office hours.  The cost of the test is $50 for both tests or $25 each.  Please contact Career Services at #641-4941 to register for the test or to receive additional information.

We also offer an optional Work Keys Prep Class at all three of our testing locations. Individuals will have the opportunity to take practice tests for both Applied Math and Workplace Documents.  Some general test taking tips will be provided.  Based on instructor availability.  Cost is $10.