Applying to Illinois
As a current Lindenwood student or an educator transferring from another state, there are a few steps to take to be licensed to teach in Illinois. Lindenwood University-Belleville is working diligently to streamline this process. Please refer to the information below, as well as familiarize yourself with the Illinois State Board of Education website.
Illinois recognizes three types of license:
Requirements for the Professional Educator License (PEL) for Applicants Trained Out of State
The professional educator license is valid for five fiscal years and is renewable upon completion of professional development requirements. When applying for the PEL, select one endorsement from the list below to be attached to the license. Illinois tests and specific requirements can be found through the heading links.
Requirements for the Educator License with Stipulations (ELS) Endorsed as a Provisional Educator for Applicants Trained Out of State
An educator license with stipulations endorsed as a provisional educator is valid for two fiscal years and cannot be renewed. No provisional endorsements on an educator license with stipulations shall be issued for principal.
Before an educator license with stipulations endorsed as a provisional educator expires, the requirements for the professional educator license (PEL) should be met, as outlined above. If the PEL requirements are met within one year of the issuance of the ELS, the ELS will be exchanged for the PEL for no additional fee.
Requirements for ELS:
*Completion of a state-approved program is not required for issuance of the ELS, but is recommended. Before the PEL can be issued, evidence of completing a state-approved program must be provided.
Applying for a PEL or ELS