Educator Licensure System (ELIS)

The Illinois State Board of Education uses the  Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS).  

"How to Enter Professional Development into ELIS" (below) will provide guidance on how to create a new account in ELIS, view and update your personal information and professional development credits.

Additional support can be obtained through the Illinois State Board of Education - or from our local Regional Office of Education.

Under Teachers/Administrators, Teacher A-Z, click on Educator Licensure. This will take you to guidance documents published by ISBE.

As middle grade education has evolved, so has the Illinois licensure structure.  Changes are coming for those seeking  new middle grades endorsements.  These changes will be effective on February 1, 2018.  Click here for ISBE's reference guide, "The Future of Illinois Middle Grades".

Licensure information can change rapidly. Although we make a diligent effort to keep our website updated, it is advisable to check the ISBE website regularly.

Ready to Renew or Register?  Access your personal ELIS account here:


Paraprofessional Educator Licensure with Stipulations [Information from our Regional Office on New Requirements for Paraprofessional Certificate Holders]
Illinois Substitute License Information [Information from our Regional Office for holders of Type 39 Substitute Certificates]
ELIS For Educators - Overview from ISBE 2013.pdf  
ELIS - Frequently-Asked Questions [Frequently-asked questions about the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)]
How to Enter Professional Development into ELIS [A resource with directions on how to enter professional development into ELIS]
Public Act 098-0610 [Full text of Public Act 098-0610]
Illinois Educator License Renewal Information Illinois Educator License Renewal Information Rev. 2-10-16

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