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Teaching in Iroquois and Kankakee County

Renewing Licenses in 2018
If you license is up for renewal in 2018, be prepared! This will be a big year. To put it in perspective, normally 60,000 educator licenses are up for renewing, and this year there are 200,000. To make the renewal process easier, ISBE is staggering the renewal openings:

April 1: PEL, Provisional and CTE Licenses
April 15 - PARA License
May 1 - SUB License

On this date, the renewal hot link in your ELIS account (under Action Center on the right of the page) will become available.

For more information with a how-to video, visit the Illinois State Board of Education's website.

Professional Development for this renewal cycle must be completed by June 30, 2018. Illinois Professional Development Approved Providers: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/prof-dev-provider-list.pdf

I-KAN's office monitors teacher and administrator licenses for approximately 2,100 educators in Iroquois and Kankakee counties. Continuing Professional Development Unit (CPDU) opportunities are provided for teacher recertification and Administrator's Academies are offered on a continuing basis to assist superintendents and principals fulfill their professional development requirements. The Professional Learning page has more information on the opportunities I-KAN provides.

Navigating ISBE's Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)

The Illinois State Board of Education requires that all licensure transactions must be completed online in ELIS with a credit or debit card including all applications for licenses, endorsements, registration, payments and renewal of licenses. The ROEs may no longer accept payment. Please use INTERNET EXPLORER on a desktop or laptop when working in ELIS. Google Chrome will not process your payment correctly. No phone or tablet browsers work correctly.

  1. Start at isbe.net
  2. Click "TEACHERS" in the menu at the top of the page
  3. Click on "Log in to ELIS" button
  4. Under Educator Access click on Login to your ELIS account in the first column under EDUCATOR ACCESS
Educator Licensure Resources
  • Detailed ELIS System Instructions including information about how to create an account, apply for endorsements, renewals and name changes
  • Paraprofessional Endorsement Instructions - How to apply and for and then register an Paraprofessional Endorsement. KCC now offers the required assessment. Contact 815-802-8350 or visit their website for more information.
  • Substituting with a PEL - for individuals who want to substitute teach and hold an Illinois Professional Educator's License
  • Substituting with a SUB - for individuals who want to substitute teach but do not hold an Illinois Professional Educator's License

Substitute Teacher Fingerprinting

Call Bushue Background Screening at (877) 342-3042  or Schedule Online

ISBE Substitute Reimbursement

In efforts to reduce the substitute teacher shortage, the Illinois State Board of Education is now offering a reimbursement of application and registration fees to qualifying applicants. For a full list of requirements, please visit ISBE's informational page. If you meet these requirements, please complete form 73-02: Substitute License Fee Refund RequestPDF Document. This form must be returned to ISBE by the school or district official. Forms submitted by the applicant will not be honored. ​

Updated 5/8/2018