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Illinois State Law requires all employed educators to maintain valid registered licenses and meet all qualifications for administrative and instructional areas. This can be a tedious task navigating everything on your own. At the Regional Office of Education, we are pleased to provide information on the requirements for obtaining and maintaining educator licenses in Illinois and to assist you with the application process for all new licenses, approvals, endorsements, registration, renewal, and reinstatement.

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Curious about requirements for teaching assignments?

Curious about registration, renewal or reinstatement or retraining?

Regional Substitute Teacher Application:

Click here to fill out the Regional Substitute Teacher Application

Regional Substitute Teacher Forms:

Substitute Teacher Checklist with Document Links
Substitute Teacher Contact List with Rates

Licensure Renewal Information:

How to Renew a Professional Educator License
How to Renew a Substitute Teaching License
How to Renew an Educator License with Stipulations Endorsed for Paraprofessional (Teacher’s Aide)
How to Renew an Educator License with Stipulations Endorsed for Career and Technical Education
How to Renew an Educator License with Stipulations Endorsed for Chief School Business Official
Professional Development Requirements
License Renewal FAQs


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A public hearing will take place on December 21, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the Boone Winnebago County Regional Office of Education located at 300 Heart Blvd, Loves Park, IL 61111 to hear public testimony on the application to waive the requirements of 105 ILCS 5/13B-20.25) to provide an alternative learning opportunity for students in grades K-12, whereas the current law only allows for students in grades 4-12 to participate in an alternative learning program. This waiver will be for 5 years beginning in the FY 24 school year.