Below are changes effective with the signing of Senate Bill 2912. Changes are effective immediately. Educators with a deficient application and active deficiency letter on file with ISBE may request an update to their evaluation by emailing
Test scores: Removes the 10 year expiration date for content tests/edTPA/APT. All tests are valid indefinitely. Educators who have valid deficiency letters on file may request an update to their evaluation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Educator License with Stipulations (ELS-PEDU): The 15 semester hours or major coursework is no longer required to be issued the ELS-PEDU. Educators must hold a valid, comparable OOS license and at least a bachelor’s degree. Educators who have valid deficiency letters on file may request an update to their evaluation by emailing email@example.com.
Chief School Business Official: Provides that applicants who have not been entitled by an Illinois-approved educator preparation program at an Illinois institution of higher education applying for a Professional Educator License endorsed for chief school business official and who have successfully completed a test of content, as identified by rules, at the time of initial licensure in another state or country shall not be required to complete a test of content. Adds an immediate effective date.
Career and Tech Ed: (CTE and CTEP Renewal): a test of work proficiency (the ACT WorkKeys®) may be completed in place of the basic skills for renewal if the CTE or CTEP was originally issued January 1, 2015 or after.
(**New) Provisional In-State Educator: an ELS-PEDU may be awarded to an individual who has completed an Illinois approved teacher education program, but has not yet passed the edTPA. The educator must hold a bachelor’s degree and have passed the test of basic skills and the appropriate content test. Educators must receive a minimum edTPA score that has been approved by the Board to be eligible for this license. It is valid for one year (full fiscal year), and cannot be renewed. Institutions of higher education will be able to entitle for this license.
Substitute Teaching License- The new fee for substitute teaching licenses is $50. Substitute teaching license may be renewed after 5 years without evidence of passing a test of basic skills.
Teacher Leader Endorsement: In lieu of required coursework, educators are eligible to demonstrate competencies (specific competencies will be outlined in rule).
Professional Educator License Requirements
- For Teachers/School Support Personnel trained out of state, licensure requirements are:
- a valid, comparable OOS license;
- required degree and a major directly related to the licensure area sought;
- student teaching/internship;
- required tests (content tests taken in another state or country will be honored if they were required for licensure in the other state); and
- coursework in methods of teaching reading, reading in the content area, methods of teaching cross-categorical special education, methods of teaching ESL/bilingual students.)
- For principals/superintendents trained out of state or out of country, must complete a state-approved program and pass required tests. Content tests taken in another state or country will be honored if required for licensure. Educators no longer have to have been issued a license endorsed in a teaching field.
- For Chief School Business Officials trained out of state or country, must complete master’s degree in specific area, internship or 2 years of experience, tests, and modules in reading methods, special education, and English learners. Out-of-state content tests used for licensure in another state can be honored. Out-of-state content tests will be honored for all routes that can be taken to earn the CSBO endorsement.
Renewal for Retired Educators: Educator must complete Professional Development on a prorated basis depending on the number of years the educator held an active license. When educators retire, they change their status to “retired” in ELIS. Through December 31, 2017: If an educator failed to change his/her status to “retired” in ELIS and lapsed due to failure to renew, the educator may reinstate the license and maintain it in retired status upon providing proof to ISBE using ELIS that the licensee is retired and not working in a position that requires a PEL.
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