The Illinois Licensure System

  • On July 1, 2013, Illinois implemented a new system of educator licensure that replaced the previous system of educator certification. All Illinois teaching, administrative, and school service personnel certificates have been converted to a corresponding license. Educators did not lose any of their credentials or endorsements in this transition.

    If you held an initial, standard, or master teaching certificate, administrative certificate, or school service personnel certificate prior to July 1, 2013, your certificate has been converted to a professional educator license (PEL) endorsed for the content areas and grade levels that were listed on your certificate. Each endorsement corresponds with the certificate that was held prior to July 1.

    If you held a provisional, alternative provisional (i.e. teaching or administrative), resident teacher, provisional vocational, temporary provisional vocational, transitional bilingual or visiting international certificate, or an approval to serve as a paraprofessional, your certificate or approval has been converted to an educator license with stipulations (ELS) endorsed for the content areas and grade levels that were listed on your certificate. Each endorsement corresponds with the certificate or approval that was held prior to July 1.
     
    To access your Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS) account please click here


    Professional Educator License Requirements

    Career and Technical Education Licensure Requirements

    Provisional Career and Technical Education Licensure Requirements

    Paraprofessional Educator Requirements 

    Substitute Teaching License Requirements

     

    CTE Renewal Requirements

    How To Renew Your Professional Development Hours