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  1. Click on "Apply for a Credential" on your "Home" tab.

  2. Select "Professional Educator License (PEL)".

  3. Select the area of licensure for which you are applying. Click "Next" when finished.

  4. If you have transcripts already on file, they will be listed on this page. You can click "Next" at this point. However, if you do not have any transcripts on file, you will need to add the transcript information on this screen. Click on "Enter Transcript Information" and enter your institution’s information then click "Add". Click "Next" when finished.

  5. Illinois offers full reciprocity. If you hold a valid, comparable out-of-state license, enter that information here. Click on the "Out-of-State Certificates" tab, then select "Add an Out-of-State Certificate" in the middle of the screen. You can upload a copy of the certificate by clicking "Browse". When done, click "Add". When finished uploading your document, click "Next".

  6. Answer each of the background questions as they apply to you. The last question must be answered "Yes" as this verifies you have answered the background questions truthfully. When finished, click "Next."

  7. Click "Submit Payment" after you review the information on this screen. You will enter your debit, credit, or prepaid card information on the next screen.

  8. You can print this page for your records after you complete the application process. A state evaluator will review your application. Upon issuance, you will need to register your license to make it valid for employment.

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