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Out of State Teachers Who Hold a Valid Comparable Out of State License

1. Individuals applying for an Professional Educator License (PEL) must use ELIS on the Illinois State Board of Education website, www.isbe.net. At the top of the page, click on “System Quick Links” and then “ELIS: Educator Licensure Information System”. In the Educator Access box, click on “Log in to your ELIS account”. On the next page, on the left hand side, click on “Click Here For First Time Access To The ELIS System”. Once you have created an ELIS account, you will click to apply for an Illinois license, endorsement or approval and follow the application wizard to apply for your Illinois license

2. Official, sealed transcripts may be mailed to the ROE at 3358 Big Pine Trail, Champaign, IL 61822, or the university may e-mail transcripts to Barb Keil – barbekeil@roe9.k12.il.us

3. A copy of your valid comparable Out of State License will also need to be updated in your ELIS account. This can be completed by mailing a copy or bringing it in to the ROE at 3358 Big Pine Trail, Champaign, IL 61822. 

If you do not hold a valid, comparable out of state license:

1. Individuals applying for an Professional Educator License (PEL) must use ELIS on the Illinois State Board of Education website, www.isbe.net. At the top of the page, click on “System Quick Links” and then “ELIS: Educator Licensure Information System”. In the Educator Access box, click on “Log in to your ELIS account”. On the next page, on the left hand side, click on “Click Here For First Time Access To The ELIS System”. Once you have created an ELIS account, you will click to apply for an Illinois license, endorsement or approval and follow the application wizard to apply for your Illinois license

2. Official, sealed transcripts may be mailed to the ROE at 3358 Big Pine Trail, Champaign, IL 61822, or the university may e-mail transcripts to Barb Keil – barbekeil@roe9.k12.il.us

3. Provide proof of completion of a State Approved Program and completion of coursework addressing methods of teaching exceptional children, reading methods, content area reading, and methods of teaching English learners. This can be done by having your university fill out form 80-02. Forms can be found at https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Licensure-Forms.aspx Your university will send the completed forms directly to ISBE per the instructions on the top of the form.

4. Provide proof of Student Teaching or equivalent experience. 

5. Please see the Illinois State Board of Education website for Licensure Test information.

*Applicants can also refer to this checklist on the ISBE website. 



Applicants who hold a Teaching License in a Foreign Country

Teachers who were prepared as an educator outside of the United States and wish to teach in the state of Illinois, must meet all coursework and teaching requirements. Individuals must also be eligible to be legally employed in the United States of America and meet all other requirements as detailed in Illinois Statutes and Rules

Applicants with foreign credentials, will need to have their transcripts evaluated by an approved foreign credential evaluation organization. There is a list of approved foreign credential evaluation organizations here. the evaluation must specify the grade level you were prepared to teach and it will need to indicate the American degree equivalence of your foreign credentials. 

Once your transcripts have been evaluated, you may bring them in to the Regional Office Of Education #9, at 3358 Big Pine Trail, Champaign, IL 61822. Barb Keil will be able to upload your transcripts into your ELIS account. 

*Applicants may also refer to this checklist on the ISBE website.