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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)

Requirements for the Professional Educator License (PEL) & Educator License with Stipulations (ELS) (11/16/15) updated

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.

Provisional Educator Endorsement on an ELS

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.

Requirements for the Substitute Teaching License (SUB)

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.

Applying for a License (7/20/15)

ATTENTION! Before you apply for a license or an endorsement, please read this document. See what endorsements and grade ranges are available so you apply appropriately.

Illinois Licensure Requirements and Content Endorsement Structure - July 1, 2013 PDF format (10/30/15) updated

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.

Foreign - Applicants Prepared as Educators Outside of the United States

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
(408) 719-0015

Academic and Credential Records, Evaluation & Verification Service
8216 Princeton Glendale Road, #230
Westchester, OH 45069-1675
(408) 719-0015

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 520
Washington, DC 20036-1135
202-822-3940 (fax)

Ashland Educational Services, Inc.
12555 Orange Drive 2nd Floor
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 33330

Consultancy on International Education
P.O. Box 2792
Champaign, IL  61825-2792
Email:  cie@international-education.com

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470

Educational Perspectives
P.O. Box 618056
Chicago IL 60661-8056
312-421-9353 (fax)
Email: info@educational-perspectives.org

Evaluation Service, Inc.
333 W. North Avenue #284
Chicago, IL 60610-1293
312-587-3068 (fax)

Foreign Consultants, Inc.
10955 Westmoor Drive, Suite 400
Westminster, CO 80021
303-379-2161 (fax)
http://www.foreignconsultants.com website
info@foreignconsultants.com e-mail

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
866-491-4995 (fax)

Globe Language Services
305 Broadway
Suite 401
New York, NY 10007
212-693-1489 (fax)

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Education Consultants
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
305-273-1338 (fax)

The Trustforte Corporation
271 Madison Avenue
Third Floor
New York, NY   10016
(212) 481-4870
(212) 481-4971 (fax)
info@trustforte.com  e-mail
www.trustforte.com  website

SpanTran: The Evaluation Company
Houston Office:
2400 Augusta Drive, Suite 451
Houston TX, 77057
713-789-6022 (fax)

New York Office:
450 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1004
New York, NY 10123
646-475-2580 (fax)

Miami Intake Office
2655 Le Jeune Road, Suite 602
Coral Gables, FL 33134

World Education Services
Bowling Green Station
PO Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
212-739-6100 (fax)

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:

Emily Fox
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!

  • Still have questions? Please contact your Regional Office of Education
  • ISBE Educator Licensure Division Contact Information:
  • Call Center – 217.557.6763
  • Fax Number: 217.524.1289
  • Email – licensure@isbe.net
  • Mailing Address:

    Illinois State Board of Education
    Educator Licensure Division
    100 N. First St.
    Springfield, IL 62777