CRITICAL INFORMATION REGARDING CERTIFICATION TO LICENSURE
By Wendy McPherrin, ISBE Certification/Licensure Specialist
JUNE 30 IS THE LONG ANTICIPATED DAY WHEN THE ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL TRANSITION FROM CERTIFICATION TO LICENSURE FOR EDUCATORS.
Teachers', administrators', and school service personnel's certificates will automatically be converted to a Professional Educator License (PEL). All credentials from any and all certificates will be on one license per educator, with each credential listed as a separate endorsement.
There will be no paper licenses. All credentials will be accessible online on the State Board's Educator License Information System (ELIS) found at www.isbe.net. All actions concerning licensure will be conducted on ELIS, including applications, renewals and reinstatements.
Professional Educators' renewal cycles will not change, and the registration fee will remain $10 per year, payable for the full registration period at the time of registration (usually 5 year increments).
An initial certificate will convert to a full PEL, and there will be no more initial to standard applications.
A master certificate will convert to a full PEL. National Board Certification will convert to a permanent National Board Certificate endorsement on the PEL. Those who received National Board Certification on July 1, 2012 or after will receive a ten-year National Board designation on their licenses that will remain on the license after ten years if the holder completes the National Board Certificate renewal process before the end of the tenth year.
Renewal requirements are being changed, with detailed information available in the fall of 2013. It is important to wait until renewal requirements are finalized before making any changes or destroying any evidence of completion currently held.
Substitute certificate holders will receive a substitute license. All substitute licenses will expire on June 30, 2018. Substitute license holders will need to log on to ELIS and register their new licenses, and pay the additional registration fee. To renew a substitute license, the test of academic proficiency will need to be passed before renewal in 2018. Individuals with substitute certificates expiring on June 30, 2013 will have to apply for a new substitute license after July 1, 2013. The application fee will be $75, and the registration fee will be $50. Educators with a lapsed teaching certificate will no longer be able to receive a substitute-teaching license after July 1, 2013.
Teacher aides who hold Highly Qualified or TASN credentials will receive an Educator License with Stipulations (ELS). Teacher aides who hold TA or TAS will receive an approval to be a teacher's aide in non-Title I assignments. In the future, holders of an ELS Paraprofessional will have to register the license and instructions will be available after June 30.
For more information, please see the Illinois State Board of Education website at http://www.isbe.state.il.us/certification/default.htm.