Please note: When a transcript is required, it must be an official transcript. To be considered official, a transcript must arrive at the Regional Office of Education in a sealed envelope that you have not opened, just as you received it from your college or university.
Newly enacted Illinois school code causes certificates to lapse 6 months after they expire.
- If you HAVE BEEN ACTIVELY USING your certificate in an Illinois public school in the past 5 years, click here. http://www.dupage.k12.il.us/educators/services/registration.shtml
# Certificate Renewal Directions for all Types of Certificates
- If you are NOT SURE of your renewal year, click here.
http://www.dupage.k12.il.us/educators/services/registration.shtml # Has your certificate expired?
- If you have NOT used your certificate in an Illinois public school in the past 5 years, follow these instructions:
- Log on to ECS at www.isbe.net/ECS.
- Check and update your personal data: ECS, My Profile. Review and update both your Personal Profile and your Educator Profile.
- Complete your renewal on ECS, Register Certificates. You will go through 17 steps and pay the appropriate fee with a credit card. In most cases the fee is $51.75.
- If your certificate expired in 2012 or earlier, IT IS LAPSED. Click here.
OUT OF STATE PROVISIONAL CERTIFICATES
offering limited reciprocity in Illinois
This is a very important change:
For a very limited period of time, provisional certificates can be issued to out-of-state applicants who have not passed the Illinois content area exam. During this same period of time, applicants who have passed another state’s basic skills are exempt from the Illinois basic skills testing requirement.
This window of time started on August 3, 2012, and will end when Illinois switches to professional educator licensure. The target date is June 1, 2013.
In others words, if you hold a valid, comparable out-of-state certificate, you can receive an Illinois provisional certificate.
Passage of the Test of Academic Proficiency and content area exam before a Provisional will be issued will take effect with the advent of the new licensure system. This will happen between the end of February 1 and July 1, 2013.
There will be no testing waivers, and no test results from other states will be accepted, beginning the very day the new licensure system goes into effect. This change will not impact applicants who are under an open certification evaluation, as long as they complete all requirements before their evaluation expires.
Please note that any applicant who fails to satisfy deficiencies before June 30, 2013, will be required to reapply for licensure and must meet ALL minimum requirements identified in Illinois licensure school code (105 ILCS 5/21B-35). Out-of-state applicants should be aware that additional coursework requirements for special education, English as a Second Language, and two courses in reading, also take effect with the advent of the licensure system.
Endorsement application fee $50.
Certificate application fee $75.
Certificate Registration fee $10 per year.
CAUTION: Certificates are considered LAPSED six months after registration expires.
If you have questions, please contact Certification at 630-407-5800.