Interpreting in the K-12 Setting

Illinois Educational Interpreter Registry

The Illinois Educational Interpreter Registry is now available! ISBE Approved Educational Interpreters have voluntarily submitted their name and contact information to this registry. The goal of the registry is to provide a centralized location that school districts can utilize to identify ISBE Approved Educational Interpreters in the K-12 setting.

Statewide Educational Interpreter Registry (PDF)

If you would like your name and contact information to be added to this Statewide Educational Interpreter Registry, please complete the registration form below and submit.

Application to Educational Interpreter Registry 


Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Resources

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) https://www.isbe.net/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 Amy Deegan, ISBE Principal Consultant, at adeegan@isbe.net, or call 217.782.5589.


Educational lnterpreter 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:
    cspeakman@column.edu
  • 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.