Illinois License Renewal

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.
  1. Create an ELIS account - isbe.net/elis
  2. Log Professional Development Activities in ELIS
    1. 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.
    2. If you renewed or received your PEL in 2015 or 2016:
      1. Log a minimum of 120 hours of Professional Development Credit every 5 years (24 hours/year), regardless of degree earned (NBPTS is different)
      2. 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!
  3. Renew your PEL in ELIS between April & the end of July of your renewal year
  4. Keep all documentation for at least 6 years after each successful renewal

Supporting Documentation

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