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Educator Licensure

Welcome to the ISBE Division of Educator Licensure Website! The following links provide information on the Illinois licensure process for both new and experienced educators, as well as resources for regional offices of education and higher education institutions. If you have questions or concerns regarding the licensure process in Illinois, please contact your Regional Office of Education.


Effective July 16, 2015
Summary of New Licensure Requirements pursuant to HB 2657 PDF format

Posted July 1, 2015
Important:  Professional Educator Licenses (PEL) may be renewed and registered up to August 31 without any penalty.  Unregistered licenses will lapse on September 1 and are invalid for employment and performance of services in an Illinois public or State-operated school or cooperative and a charter school.  To reinstate a lapsed license the holder must pay a $500 penalty fee or show completion of 9 semester hours of coursework.

 Program Information (11/20/15)