Are you “Highly Qualified?”
HOUSSE can answer that question
Things to help you as you
work:
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College transcripts
Teaching Certificate
Professional Development
materials
If you have passed the Illinois
Elementary Certification test you
are HQ in:
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Algebra (K-8 only)
Basic and/or General Math (K-8 only)
Biological Sciences (Middle Grades
Only)
Elementary Self Contained (K-5 only)
General Science (K-8 only)
Geography (Middle Grades Only)
History (Middle Grades Only)
Language Arts (Grades 1-8 Only)
Physical Science (Middle Grades
Only)
Reading (K-8 Only)
Subject Areas for Illinois
HQ Status
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Algebra
Art
Basic and/or General Math
Biological Sciences (Mid. Gr. only)
Biology (Grades 9 -12 only)
Botany (Grades 9 -12 only)
Calculus (Grades 9 -12 only)
Chemistry (Grades 9 -12 only)
Chinese – Cantonese
Chinese – Mandarin
Dance
Subject Areas for Illinois
HQ Status
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Drama/Theatre Arts
Earth/Space Science (Grades 9 -12 only)
Economics (Grades 9 -12 only)
Elementary Self Contained (K-5 only)
Elementary Self Contained (K-3 only)
English (Grades 9 -12 only)
English as a Second Language
Environmental Science
French
Hebrew
Subject Areas for Illinois
HQ Status
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History (Middle Grades only)
Instrumental Music
Italian
Japanese
Journalism (Grades 9-12 only)
Korean
Language Arts (Grades 1-8 only)
Latin
Other Foreign Languages
Physical Science (Middle Grades Only)
Physics (Grades 9-12 only)
Subject Areas for Illinois
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Physiology (Grades 9-12 only)
Polish
Political Science/Civics (Grades 9-12 only)
Reading
Reading Specialist
Russian
Spanish
Speech (Grades 9-12 only)
General Science
Geography (Grades 9-12 only)
Geography (Middle Grades only)
Geometry (Grades 9-12 only)
Subject Areas for Illinois
HQ Status
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German
Greek
Title I remedial math
U.S. History (Grades 9-12 only)
Vocal Music
World History (Grades 9-12 only)
Zoology (Grades 9-12 only)
Subject Areas for NCLB
HQ Status
Teachers who teach ONE section of a
class in these areas must
demonstrate HQ status
 The Arts
History
 Civics or Gov’t
Mathematics
 Economics
Reading and
 English
Language Arts
 Foreign Lang.
Science
 Geography
Subject Areas for NCLB
that do NOT require HQ Status
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Agriculture
Business/Accounting
Drivers Education
Family and Consumer Science
Industrial Arts
Physical Education
Special Education Resource
Technology
Social Studies
Activities that earn points
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Teaching
experience K-12 or
higher
College coursework
Attending and/or
presenting at
conferences
Work in a related
field
Hosting a student
teacher
Peer review and
peer coaching
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Mentoring
Committee work
Approved travel
Action Research
Inquiry Projects
Internships
Curriculum
Development
Publishing articles
or books
NBPTS certification
You are responsible for
providing documentation for the
answers given.
Print or download this report to
keep for your records.
Send to Central Office for your
file, send a copy to the ROE, and
give a copy to your principal and
your superintendent.
Does it really matter
if I am HQ?
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You may want to change
districts
You may want to change
teaching assignments
The district may want you to
teach another subject
Public Access will not list the
subjects for which you have
achieved HQ status
Updating Professional
Development on ECS
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