Educator Licensure

South Cook ISC serves administrators, teachers and paraprofessionals with all aspects of licensure.

Educator Licensure Series

Below is a series of presentations that will guide you through the Illinois Educator Licensure System.

Video for 2018 renewal
2018 Renewal
Entitlement Procedures
Entitlement Procedures
Video for Entering your Professional Development
Entering your Professional Development
video for Becoming a Substitute Teacher
Becoming a Substitute Teacher
video for Becoming a Paraprofessional
Becoming a Paraprofessional
video for Registering your Professional Educator License
Registering your Professional Educator License
video for Applying for an Endorsement
Applying for an Endorsement
Video for Reinstating your License
Reinstating your License
Video for Licensure Changes
Licensure Changes
 Video for Out of State Applicants
Out of State Applicants
 Video for 2016 renewal
Administrator Retraining
 Professional Development Exemptions
Professional Development Exemptions

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In the 2018 School Year, South Cook ISC staff:

Responded to:

6,527 licensure telephone calls
8,977 licensure emails
1,608 licensure walk-ins

Background Check/Fingerprinting:

227 Applicants for employment

We provide assistance in the following areas:

  • New licenses
  • Endorsements on current licenses
  • Acquiring approvals
  • Registering licenses

South Cook ISC can also answer questions about how to enter your professional development and statement of assurance into the Educator Licensing Information System (ELIS), as well as assist with navigating the ELIS.

Licensure hours are:
Monday:1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tuesday-Friday:8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Commonly Used Licensure Forms

Evaluation for Workshop, Conference, Seminar, Etc. (71-21A)

Evidence of Completion for Professional Development (77-21B)

Name Change/Licensure Update Request (73-71)

State-Approved Program and Completion of Standards Verification (80-02)

Out-of-State Applicant Request to Waive EdTPA (80-01)

Other Helpful Links

ACT Plus Writing or SAT Score in Lieu of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)

Educator Licensure Frequently Asked Questions

Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)

Illinois Licensure, Endorsement, and Approval Requirements

Illinois Licensure Testing System

Information for Out-of-State/Out-of-Country Applicants

Middle School Endorsement Information (through 1/31/2017)

The Future of Illinois Middle Grades (Reference Guide)

Directory of Illinois Approved Programs

List of Approved Foreign Credential Evaluation Sources

List of Approved Illinois Professional Development Providers