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How to Renew Illinois Teacher Certification

Every state requires that their educators renew their license or certification every time a certain amount of time passes. In Illinois, this time frame is five years. The steps an educator must go through in order to renew their teaching certificate in Illinois will be reviewed.

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In the state of Illinois, there are over 200,000 educators who will be able to renew their educator license. If these 200,000 educators wish to continue teaching, they must do this through the online Illinois Educator Licensure System (ELIS). Below are steps on how to renew the Illinois teaching certificate.

Illinois Educator Requirements

Average Salary for Education Professionals in Illinois $55,850 annually (Kindergarten), $62,620 annually (Elementary), $66,630 (Middle School), $68,380 (High School)
Required Degree Bachelor's Degree
Degree Field Education
Testing Requirements Illinois Licensure Testing System Tests: 1) Basic Skills, 2) Early Childhood, Elementary Middle Grades, or Specific Content-Area Tests (depending on grade level), and 3) edTPA exam

Source:*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step One: Updating Personal Information

The Illinois teaching license renewal process begins with the educator logging into the online Illinois ELIS. Once in this system, the educator should verify that their personal information is up to date within the ELIS system before beginning the certification renewal.

Step Two: Entering Professional Development Hours

Starting in 2019, the state will require 120 professional development hours. Prior to this it depends on the degree held: bachelor's is 120 hours, one advanced degree is 80 hours, and two advanced degrees are 40 hours.

Step Three: Begin Application

Once the educator is prepared to begin the renewal process, the educator must click on the 'Renewal' section in the Illinois ELIS. This will lead to a short questionnaire regarding the Criminal History Disclosure Statement, followed by selecting the registration region, and, finally, responding to the Professional Development Disclosure Statement required questions.

Step Four: Paying Renewal Fee

Illinois, as a state, requires that educators pay $10 a year to renew their license. The license is valid for five years, making this a total of $50 for a renewal fee each time the license is renewed.

More Information on Professional Education Requirements

As stated previously, professional development hours must be entered into the Illinois ELIS before beginning the renewal process. When entering these hours into the Illinois ELIS, a table is provided with a start and end date at the top. The professional development hours must have been taken between these two dates in order to be used for the renewal. At the bottom of the table, there are three boxes that tell the educator how many hours are required, how many have been completed, and how many they have left to complete. After entering these hours, the educator must also be prepared to provide an evidence of completion form, signed by an Illinois State Board of Education-approved provider.

Renewal Resources for Illinois Educators

Within this section, you will find resources that can be used to assist in pursuing education-related professional learning. The links below lead to courses that can provide credits for the renewal of a teaching license.

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