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 Application Process

To qualify for an evaluation, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  1. View the requirements for Illinois licensure​ to determine what endorsements and grade levels are available so you apply appropriately.
  2. Create an account in the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS). Once you create an account you can apply for the desired credential.  View screen-by-screen tutorials under “ELIS How-To Demonstrations” for assistance.
  3. Have your regionally accredited institution send official* transcripts directly to ONE of the following addresses: Please send other documentation that pertains to the license for which you applied to licensureforms@isbe.net.​​

*Note: Official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution.  If sent by educator, official transcripts must be in the sealed (unopened) envelope from the institution addressed to the educator.

Once your license has been issued, you must register your license in your ELIS account and pay applicable registration fees. The license is not valid for employment until these fees are paid.

 Substitute Application

  1. Apply for the Substitute License in your ELIS account.
    A $50 application fee will be assessed electronically when the application is completed.  (Please have credit card, debit card, or prepaid card available.)   View screen-by-screen tutorials under “ELIS How-To Demonstrations” for assistance.
  2. Have your regionally accredited institution send official* transcripts directly to ONE of the following addresses:

*Note: Official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution.  If sent by educator, official transcripts must be in the sealed (unopened) envelope from the institution addressed to the educator.

Once your license has been issued, you must register your license in your ELIS account and pay applicable registration fees. The license is not valid for employment until these fees are paid. 

 Paraprofessional Application

  1. Apply for the Paraprofessional    License in your ELIS account.
    A $100 application fee will be assessed electronically when the application is completed.  (Please have credit card, debit card, or prepaid card available.)   View screen-by-screen tutorials under “ELIS How-To Demonstrations” for assistance.
  2. If you need college transcripts submitted, have your regionally accredited institution send official* transcripts directly to ONE of the following addresses: Please send other documentation that pertains to the license for which you applied to licensureforms@isbe.net​.

*Note:  Official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution.  If sent by educator, official transcripts must be in the sealed (unopened) envelope from the institution addressed to the educator.

Once your license has been issued, you must register your license in your ELIS account and pay applicable registration fees​. The license is not valid for employment until these fees are paid.

 Professional Educator License Application (Non-Entitlement)

  1. Apply for the Professional Educator License in your ELIS account.
    A $150 application fee will be assessed electronically when the application is completed.  (Please have credit card, debit card, or prepaid card available.)   View screen-by-screen tutorials under “ELIS How-To Demonstrations” for assistance.
  2. Have your regionally accredited institution send official* transcripts directly to ONE of the following addresses:

  3. Please send other documentation that pertains to the license for which you applied to​ licensureforms@isbe.net.

    3. If applying via reciprocity, please upload your valid, comparable out-of-state license on your IMAGES tab in your ELIS account.

*Note: Official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution.  If sent by educator, official transcripts must be in the sealed (unopened) envelope from the institution addressed to the educator.

Once your license has been issued, you must register your license in your ELIS account and pay applicable registration fees​. The license is not valid for employment until these fees are paid.

 Professional Educator License (Via Entitlement)

  1. Click “Apply Now’ in your ELIS account once your Illinois institution has changed the status of your Professional Educator License from “Pre-completion” status to “Completed Program” status.
    A $100 application fee will be assessed electronically when the application is completed.  (Please have credit card, debit card, or prepaid card available.)   View screen-by-screen tutorials under “ELIS How-To Demonstrations​” for assistance.
  2. Your Professional Educator License will auto-issue once the fee has been successfully submitted.
  3. You must register your license in your ELIS account and pay applicable registration fees​. The license is not valid for employment until these fees are paid.​​​

 Foreign Credential Evaluation Sources

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