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Educator Licensure

The Regional Office of Education #26 serves the area teachers and administrators with all aspects of their licensure needs. Our office provides assistance with license applications, renewals/registrations, and adding endorsements and improvements on existing licenses.

Our office also provides assistance with the utilization of the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS), which replaced the Educator Certification System (ECS) through the Illinois State Board of Education.

Licensure Resources 

License Renewal Periods for License Renewal on June 30, 2018

As we approach this licensure renewal season, ISBE is focused on educators having the best experience possible with ELIS. To prevent the system from overloading, ISBE is staggering renewal periods for educators according to license type as follows:

license Type Can Renew Beginning

PEL or ELS-CTE license

April 1, 2018

ELS-PARA license

April 15, 2018

SUB license

May 1, 2018

The “renewal” link in educators’ action centers will not be activated until the dates identified above. Please also keep in mind that professional development for this renewal cycle must be completed by June 30, 2018 and PELs and ELS-CTEs must be renewed by August 31, 2018 to prevent them from lapsing.

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 Download License Update - Renewal Staggering Dates (PDF)