Illinois Licensure for Educators
A primary service of the Regional Office of Education is to assist applicants with educator licensure. We stay current with changing regulations, laws, and policies in educator licensure and act as a liaison between the Regional Office of Education and the State Educator Licensure Board for applicants, school districts, and other interested parties.
If you have questions regarding licensure, please contact one of our offices.
If you want to become a substitute teacher, we will help you speed through the process, follow these 3 easy steps below:
- Create an ELIS account with the Illinois State Board of Education
Access ELIS here: https://sec3.isbe.net/IWASNET/login.aspx
Learn How to Create an ELIS account here: https://vimeo.com/180601205
- Apply for a Substitute License (SUB) or a Short Term Substitute License (STS) in your ELIS account.
Log into your ELIS account and click on SIGN UP NOW in the left side margin to apply for the correct license.
The SUB License requires a bachelor's degree and costs $50.00.
The STS License requires either an associate's degree or 60 hours of college coursework and costs $25.00.
- Complete the Substitute Authorization Packet.
Which you can download from here! Download the Substitute Licensure Packet. Please bring the completed packet with you to your fingerprint appointment.
Educator & Substitute Fingerprinting
Educator Fingerprinting: Please bring the Educator Licensure Form, that was provided to you by your district, to your fingerprint appointment.
Substitute Fingerprinting: Download the Substitute Licensure Packet. Please bring the completed packet with you to your fingerprint appointment.
Fingerprinting in Quincy, IL
Fingerprinting in Jacksonville, IL
Renewal & Professional Development for Educators
If you hold one of the following licenses, you must renew it every five years. All endorsements are renewed with the license.
Beginning with the 2015 – 2020 renewal cycle, and every cycle thereafter, teachers and school support services personnel must complete 120 hours of professional development to renew regardless of the number or types of degrees held.
|License Type||Required PD Hours||Registration Fees (Yearly)||Registration Fees (Five Year Cycle)|
|Professional Educator License (PEL) endorsed in teaching or school support personnel||120 hours||$10.00/year||$50.00/5-year cycle|
|Professional Educator License (PEL) endorsed in administration||100 hours AND 1 Administrator Academy (AA) per fiscal year that you are employed in a position that requires an administrative endorsement for 50% or more FTE.||$10.00/ year||$50.00/ 5-year cycle|
|Educator License w/ Stipulations/ Chief School Business Official||100 hours AND 1 Administrator Academy (AA) per fiscal year that you are employed in a position that requires an administrative endorsement for 50% or more FTE.||$10.00/ year||$50.00/ 5-year cycle|
|Substitute License||No required professional development||$10.00/ year||$50.00/ 5-year cycle|
|Paraprofessional License||No required professional development||$5.00/ year||$30.00/ 5-year cycle|
New Licensure Updates: LINK-Newsletter-201908
Senate Bill 1952 was signed on August 7, 2019, by Governor JB Pritzker. It was effective Immediately. Public Act 101-0220 eliminates the requirement that licensure candidates pass a test of basic skills to receive a Professional Educator License (PEL).
Question: Does the law eliminate the test of Basic Skills as a licensure option for paraprofessional candidates who do not hold an associate degree or higher or a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit?
Yes. However, ISBE is working with the sponsors of the legislation to introduce a trailer bill this fall to reinstate the option for paraprofessional candidates to earn the endorsement through a competency test. Paraprofessional candidates may proceed with taking the ETS-paraprofessional exam or ACT WorkKeys with the understanding that ISBE cannot consider a passing score as a means to obtain the endorsement until subsequent legislation is enacted.