Illinois State Requirements
Each licensee is required to meet the requirements under the License Renewal System before the end of his or her current 5-year renewal cycle.
All license renewal credits must be gained through an in-state institution. Educators who wish to complete professional development offered by an unapproved provider should seek approval from an Illinois state-approved professional development provider prior to registering for, paying for, or attending an activity.
Teachers: 120 clock-hours of professional development for licensees holding endorsements in teaching fields, or endorsements for school support personnel.
Administrators and Teacher Leaders: 100 clock hours of professional development, plus completion of one Administrators' Academy course each fiscal year of the 5-year renewal cycle.
NBPTS Master Teachers: 60 clock hours of professional development for a licensee holding a current National Board for Professional Teaching Standards master teacher designation.
For more information, visit the Illinois State Board of Education.
We always recommend that you follow any pre-approval requirements in your district before you register for courses. However, many teachers have been successful using our courses to advance on their district’s salary scale—and have typically been able to use any of our university/college partners.
If you need assistance with submission of a district approval form, course mapping or timelines, we’re happy to help. Our Advisory team is here to help you succeed!
1 semester hour = 15 clock hours
i.e., a three semester-hour course earns 45 clock hours of professional development.
All license renewal credits must be gained through an in-state institution. Learners Edge proudly partners with Roosevelt University to offer continuing education graduate credit. Educators who wish to complete professional development offered by an unapproved provider should seek approval from an Illinois state-approved professional development provider prior to registering for, paying for, or attending an activity.
Learners Edge continuing education courses are approved by our regionally accredited universities and colleges from throughout the United States. These partners provide official transcripts, letter grades and graduate credit for successfully completed Learners Edge courses. We encourage Illinois teachers to select Roosevelt University as their University partner when registering for Learners Edge courses.
Above is a summary of how Learners Edge may help your continuing education and Illinois license renewal needs. This summary should in no way release individuals from their responsibility of ensuring that the course(s) they take meets their professional needs. We hope it provides assistance in understanding how Learners Edge might help you in the accumulation of clock hours or graduate credit for salary advancement and the Illinois license renewal process.