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Important Licensure Reminder for Teachers and Paraprofessionals

12/12/2013
The end of the year is approaching fast, so it is critical that teachers and paraprofessionals take a moment during this busy time to ensure that your educator license is registered.

TEACHERS
If your Professional Educator License (PEL) renewed on July 1, 2013 and you have not yet paid the registration fees, you MUST do so before December 31, 2013 or your license will lapse.

A lapsed license is one that has not been registered or renewed for six months or more since its last registration. Once lapsed, your license is not valid for teaching in an Illinois public or charter school or a cooperative. To reinstate it, you must pay a $500 penalty fee or complete nine (9) semester hours of advanced coursework.

Teachers can pay registration fees online by visiting the ISBE website. Simply log in to your ELIS account before December 31, 2013 and follow the simple instructions.  

PARAPROFESSIONALS
Paraprofessionals who earned TAS-N approval (as an instructional paraprofessional) in the 2012-13 school year or earlier were issued an Educator License with Stipulations (ELS) on July 1, 2013. This new license MUST be registered by December 31, 2013 or it will lapse.

A lapsed license is one that has not been registered for six months or more since its last registration. If your ELS lapses, you cannot continue to work as an instructional paraprofessional in a public school. To reinstate a lapsed license, you must pay a $150 penalty fee.

Paraprofessionals can conveniently register their license online by visiting the ISBE website. Follow the simple instructions to set up an ELIS account, then log in to register. If you were employed as an instructional paraprofessional prior to July 1, 2013, there is no fee to register if you do so by December 31, 2013.

Questions about PEL or ELS registration? Contact your Regional Office of Education.

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