Out of State or Out of Country Applicants

Additional resources

Licensure Hours

1:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Tuesday – Friday:
8:30AM – 3:30PM

Select the applicable licensure pathway

Educator’s Application Process

Illinois offers pathways to licensure for individuals who were prepared as educators in other states or countries. Please review the options below.

Additional Information

  • Please do not apply for a PEL before you have submitted all required documents as this will delay the processing of your application.
  • If you would like to become a bilingual educator, please note the additional requirements listed in the bilingual educator licensure document
Frequently asked questions:

A: The average processing time for an new PEL is 2-3 months. However, processing times vary depending on the volume of applications. Applications that are missing required documentation will not be reviewed. 

A: No, Illinois does not require a language proficiency test to qualify for a PEL; however, a language is required for Bilingual Education and World Language endorsements.

A: Employment is handled by individual districts; applications can be found on their district website.

South Cook School District Websites

Employment Opportunities in South Cook Districts