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 Application Process

In order to qualify for transcript evaluation, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  1. View the requirements for Illinois licensurePDF Document 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 have an account, click “Apply for a New License, Endorsement, or Approval” on the ELIS home screen and complete the application wizard. The wizard will collect an application fee via credit card before the application is submitted.
  3. Send an official* transcript to either address:
    • transcripts@isbe.net
    • Illinois State Board of Education
      Educator Licensure
      100 N. 1st Street
      Springfield, IL 62777
    And other documentation that pertains to the license that you are applying for to licensure@isbe.net​​
  4. If using an ACT/SAT composite score in place of the TAP 400, have an official score report sent to the State Board of Education.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

*Note: To be official, transcripts must be submitted in the sealed envelope from the college or university or be sent directly by the institution. Transcripts received that are not in a sealed envelope from the university or sent directly from the university will be considered unofficial and cannot be used for evaluation purposes.

Once your license has been issued, please log into your ELIS account and pay the applicable registration fees. The license is not valid for employment until these fees are paid.

 Substitute Application

  1. Submit an application online in the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS).
  2. A $50​ fee will be assessed electronically when the application is submitted (please have a credit card available).
  3. Send an official* transcript to either address:
    • transcripts@isbe.net
    • Illinois State Board of Education
      Educator Licensure
      100 N. 1st Street
      Springfield, IL 62777
    And other documentation to licensure@isbe.net​​

*Note: To be official, transcripts must be submitted in the sealed envelope from the college or university or be sent directly by the institution. Transcripts received that are not in a sealed envelope from the university or sent directly from the university will be considered unofficial and cannot be used for evaluation purposes.

 Paraprofessional Application

  1. Submit an application online in the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS).
  2. A $100 fee will be assessed electronically when the application is submitted (please have a credit card available).
  3. Send an official* transcript to either address:
    • transcripts@isbe.net
    • Illinois State Board of Education
      Educator Licensure
      100 N. 1st Street
      Springfield, IL 62777
    And other documentation to licensure@isbe.net​​

*Note: To be official, transcripts must be submitted in the sealed envelope from the college or university or be sent directly by the institution. Transcripts received that are not in a sealed envelope from the university or sent directly from the university will be considered unofficial and cannot be used for evaluation purposes.

 Foreign Credential Evaluation Sources

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