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​If you hold one of the following licenses, you must renew it every five years. All endorsements are renewed with the license.

Beginning with the 2015 – 2020 renewal cycle, and every cycle thereafter, teachers and school support services personnel must complete 120 hours of professional development to renew regardless of the number or types of degrees held.

License Type Required PD hours Registration Fees
Professional Educator License (PEL) endorsed in teaching or school support personnel 120 hours

$10.00/ year

$50.00/ 5-year cycle

Professional Educator License (PEL) endorsed in administration

100 hours AND

1 Administrator Academy (AA) per fiscal year that you are employed in a position that requires an administrative endorsement for 50% or more FTE.

$10.00/ year

$50.00/ 5-year cycle

Educator License w/ Stipulations/ Chief School Business Official

100 hours AND

1 Administrator Academy (AA) per fiscal year that you are employed in a position that requires an administrative endorsement for 50% or more FTE.

$10.00/ year

$50.00/ 5-year cycle

Substitute License No required professional development

$10.00/ year

$50.00/ 5-year cycle

Paraprofessional License No required professional development

$5.00/ year

$30.00/ 5-year cycle



License Type Basic Skills or Work Keys Testing Requirement Required PD hours Registration Fees Number of Times Renewable
Educator License w/ Stipulations/ Career and Tech Ed (ELS-CTE)

NO- if issued on/before 12/31/2014

YES- if issued on/after 1/1/2015

120 hours

$10.00/ year

$50.00/ 5-year cycle

Unlimited
Educator License w/ Stipulations/ Provisional CTE (ELS-CTEP)

NO- if issued on/before 12/31/2014

YES- if issued on/after 1/1/2015

 

None

$10.00/ year

$50.00/ 5-year cycle

Unlimited
Educator License w/ Stipulations/ Part-time CTE (ELS-PCTE) None None

$10.00/ year

$50.00/ 5-year cycle

Unlimited​

 Educators who hold a National Board Status:

​In order to receive your reduction for NBPTS, you must add PD into your Professional Development page in ELIS.

If National Board status was achieved or renewed prior to 9/1/14 and you are renewing in 2019, you will add 120 hours.

If National Board status was achieved or renewed 9/1/14 or later and you are renewing in 2019​ or later, you will add 60 hours.

Be sure the Begin and End dates chosen are WITHIN YOUR CURRENT CYCLE. If you choose dates outside of your cycle, you will not receive credit.

  1. Login to ELIS
  2. Under the Educator tab, click on Professional Development
  3. Click "Click here to add professional development hours"
  4. Enter the information
  5. Click "Finish" ​

 Renewing my PEL endorsed in Teaching:

​Beginning with the 2015 – 2020 renewal cycle, and every cycle thereafter, any licensee that holds a PEL endorsed in a teaching field and is employed in an Illinois public, charter, or state operated school for 50% or more FTE must complete 120 hours of Professional Development (PD) to renew the license regardless of the number or types of degrees held. ​

 Renewing my PEL endorsed in School Support Personnel:

​Any licensee who holds a PEL endorsed in school support personnel and is employed in an Illinois public, charter, or state operated school for 50% or more FTE can meet Professional Development (PD) requirements by either:

  1. Holding​ an active and current professional license issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (must be related to endorsement)
    OR
  2. Holding national board certification:
    1. School Counselor: a license issued under the Professional Counselor and Clinical Professional Counselor Licensing and Practice Act
    2. School Psychologist: a license issued under the Clinical Psychologist Licensing Act
    3. Speech Language Pathologist (non-teaching): license issued under the Illinois Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Practice Act
    4. School Nurse: license issued under the Nurse Practice Act
    5. School Social Worker: a license issued under the Clinical Social Work and Social Work Practice Act

If the above requirements have been met, the licensee will need to enter the license or national board information into ELIS in the amount of 120 PD hours.​​

 Renewing my PEL endorsed in Administration:

​Any licensee that holds a Professional Educator License (PEL) endorsed in an administrative field who is working in a position that requires this credential for 50% or more FTE is required to complete 1 Administrator Academy (AA) per fiscal year in additional to 100 hours of Professional Development (PD). If the AA has not been completed by June 30th, an additional AA will be required for that fiscal year.

Administrator Academy information

 Renewing an Approval:

​Please see the Approvals page for information regarding the renewability of an approval and the renewal requirements.

 Approved Professional Development Activities:

​College coursework must come from a regionally accredited Illinois Community College or an Illinois University/College with an approved educator-degree program. Once semester hour is equal to 15 hours of Professional Development (PD). One quarter hour is equal to 10 hours of Professional Development (PD).

List of approved providersPDF Document

* Entities that do not appear on this list are not Illinois state-approved professional development providers. Illinois educators cannot count professional development from unapproved providers toward professional development requirements for license renewal. While Illinois state-approved professional development providers have authorization to collaborate with unapproved third-party professional development providers, they do so at their sole discretion. Educators who wish to complete professional development offered by an unapproved provider should seek approval from an Illinois state-approved professional development provider prior to registering for, paying for, or attending an activity. 

 Charter School Employees:

​If you are a teacher working in a charter school and you are being reported in the Employment Information System (EIS)* for 50% or more FTE, you must complete 120 hours of Professional Development (PD) in order to renew your license.

If you are an administrator working in a charter school, you are exempt from Professional Development (PD) and Administrator Academies (AA).

* You can check this information in your ELIS account under the Assignment/ Salary tab.

 Professional Development Rollover:

​Beginning April 1, 2017 educators can carry over unused professional development hours completed between April 1st and June 30th of the final years of their renewal cycle to the next five-year renewal cycle. Educators should not record unused professional development in ELIS until July 1st of the next renewal cycle.​​

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