Each holder of an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) is responsible for keeping that license up-to-date by participating in regular professional development activities, logging those activities in the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS), and completing the renewal procedure every 5 years.
- Create an ELIS account - isbe.net/elis
- Log Professional Development Activities in ELIS
- If your last renewal was before 2015, you are considered “mid-cycle.” Old rules still apply to you as far as how many hours you must log. However, the new rules about what counts as training apply to all.
- What can I count for Professional Development (2015-forward)
- If you renewed or received your PEL in 2015 or 2016:
- Log a minimum of 120 hours of Professional Development Credit every 5 years (24 hours/year), regardless of degree earned (NBPTS is different)
- Don’t stop at 120 hours! If some of your hours are rejected when you renew, you’ll need to have some extra hours to fall back on!
- Renew your PEL in ELIS between April & the end of July of your renewal year
- Keep all documentation for at least 6 years after each successful renewal
- 2014 License Renewal Changes (Powerpoint presentation)
- NOTE: You cannot teach in Illinois if your license has lapsed!