Out of State and Foreign Applicant Information
The following information is designed to help applicants who have completed an out-of-state educator preparation program learn how to obtain licensure in Illinois. Please view the links and information below to see requirements for licensure.
If you are an applicant prepared as an educator outside of the United States please click here for credential information.
Types of Licenses
The Illinois State Board of Education issues the following types of licenses:
- Professional Educator License (PEL)
- Educator License with Stipulations (ELS)
- Substitute Teaching License (SUB)
The links below detail the requirements for obtaining a professional educator license and an educator license with stipulations. Additional requirements for teaching, administrative, school support personnel, and content/subject area endorsements are outlined in individual documents. Be sure to view the requirements for both the license and the specific endorsement you wish to obtain.
Please visit the Illinois Licensure Testing System Website for information regarding test registration, test dates, fees, and study guides.
Additional information for international applicants may be found in the FAQ document.
- Specific Requirements to Earn Each Illinois Credential for Out-of-State and Out-of-Country Applicants (Revised 11/4/13)
- Illinois Licensure Requirements and Content Endorsement Structure - July 1, 2013 (Revised 11/25/13)
- Educator License with Stipulations Endorsement Requirements (August 2013)
- Professional Educator License (PEL) Teaching Endorsement Requirements (November 2013)
- Professional Educator License (PEL) Administrative Endorsement Requirements (November 2013)
- Professional Educator License (PEL) School Support Personnel Endorsement Requirements (November 2013)
A provisional educator endorsement on an educator license with stipulations (ELS) may be issued when an applicant holds a valid, comparable license from another state and does not meet all requirements for the professional educator license (PEL). An ELS endorsed as a provisional educator is valid for two full fiscal years and cannot be renewed. A fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30 of the next calendar year, so if the license is issued after July 1 of any year, it is valid for two full fiscal years after the following June 30.
This license may be used during its validity period for appropriate employment. During the validity period, the holder must remove all listed deficiencies for the professional educator license.
- If all deficiencies are removed within one calendar year of the ELS endorsed as a provisional educator being issued, the ELS will be exchanged for the PEL for no additional fee. If deficiencies are not removed within one calendar year, a new application and fee will be required for issuance of the PEL. The applicant will need to meet any new licensure requirements effective at the time of the new application.
- Only one ELS (provisional educator) of a given type may be issued to an applicant. If an applicant was issued a provisional certificate prior to July 1, 2013, he/she is not eligible for a new ELS (provisional educator) in the same area.
To obtain a substitute teaching license in Illinois, an applicant must provide evidence of earning a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
Individuals should submit their applications for licensure online in the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS). First-time users will need to set up an account. Once you are logged into ELIS, click Apply for an Illinois License, Endorsement, or Approval and follow the steps in the application wizard. The application fee may be paid with a credit card when you submit your application.
In order to become licensed in Illinois, foreign applicants must have been prepared as an educator outside of the United States, meet all coursework and testing requirements, be legally eligible for employment in the United States, and meet all other requirements detailed in Illinois statute and rules.
If you have foreign credentials, you will need to obtain an evaluation of them that converts the foreign educational credentials to equivalent American semester credits and courses. The evaluation will need to specify the grade level for which you prepared as a teacher. It will also need to indicate the American degree equivalence of your foreign credentials.
We require the original foreign credential evaluation report and copies of your foreign documents made from the originals by your regional superintendent. The following organizations have met the requirements of the Illinois Administrative Code to qualify as evaluation sources.
A2Z Evaluations, LLC
PO Box 74040
Davis, CA 95617
Academic and Credential Records, Evaluation & Verification Service
1776 Clear Lake Avenue
Milpitas, CA 95035-7014
Academic and Credential Records, Evaluation & Verification Service
8216 Princeton Glendale Road, #230
Westchester, OH 45069-1675
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions
One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 520
Washington, DC 20036-1135
Ashland Educational Services, Inc.
12555 Orange Drive 2nd Floor
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 33330
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
Evaluation Service, Inc.
333 W. North Avenue #284
Chicago, IL 60610-1293
Foreign Credentials Service of America
1910 Justin Lane
Austin, TX 78757
Phone: (512) 459-8428
Fax: (512) 459-4565
Foreign Credentials Service of America (West)
798 Lighthouse Ave., Suite 140
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 372-1466
Fax: (831) 372-1441
Foreign Credits, Inc.
P.O. Box 70
Wheeling, Illinois 60090
Globe Language Services
New York, NY 10007
Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Education Consultants
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
SpanTran Educational Services
7211 Regency Square Boulevard
Houston, TX 77036-3197
World Education Services
Bowling Green Station
PO Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
If your organization evaluates foreign credentials and if your organization has contributed to studies of foreign educational systems performed by NAFSA and AACRAO, your service can be added to this list. Please forward a request to be added to this list and information substantiating this requirement to:
Educator Licensure Division
Illinois State Board of Education
For more information about the application process, registering your license, and an explanation of Illinois licensure terminology, please view the FAQ document. Please visit the Illinois Certification Testing System Website for information regarding test registration, test dates, fees, study guides, and much more!