The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released information regarding license renewal for School Support Personnel. The current process for renewal was eliminated as of July 1, 2014 and was referred to as the “Certificate Renewal System.” The new process for renewal that took effect beginning July 1, 2014, is referred to as the “License Renewal System.” The Professional Educator License is not the same as the license issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
Anyone who does not hold the LPC/LCPC will need to enter their continuing professional development units (PDs formally CPDUs) into the Educator License Information System (ELIS). ELIS can be found at ISBE. For anyone who is in this category there have been some changes.
College coursework will earn 15 clock hours for each semester hour (i.e. a three semester-hour course earns 45 clock of professional development) under the new License Renewal System.
The license renewal cycle is every five years and the licensee must earn 120 clock hours of continuing professional development units (PDs) during the five year time period.
Beginning on July 1, 2014 licensees must begin entering credit for clock hours earned and other information within 60 days of completing the activity.
Licensees holding a Professional Educator License endorsed for School Support Personnel, this includes school counselors, and a current and active professional license issued by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) related to the endorsement area (LPC/LCPC) do not have to complete professional development for renewal of the Professional Educator License. If you are Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor you do not submit PDs. The 30 CEs hours you earn every two years fulfills the requirements to maintain your School Support Personnel Endorsement. ISCA recommends school counselors to pursue licensing through IDFPR as part of their ongoing professional development. See instructions on how to renew your PEL (Type 73) with your LPC/LCPC.