Educator Licensure

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South Cook Licensure Specialists are available Mondays from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Tuesday – Thursday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (excluding holidays) to assist with all aspects of educator licensure, including application procedures and requirements, endorsements, professional development and renewal, and navigating the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS). Please email all licensure inquiries to

In the 2021 School Year, South Cook ISC staff:
Responded to:
4,772 licensure telephone calls
4,708 licensure emails
318 licensure walk-ins

Background Check/Fingerprinting:
227 Substitute Authorizations Issued

We provide assistance in the following areas:

  • Licensure requirements and application procedures
  • Endorsements and approvals
  • Renewal and Registration
  • Substitute Teacher Authorizations
Licensure Hours
Day Time
Monday 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday–Thursday 8:30 am – 3:30 pm