Candidates may complete the application process by bringing Form 73-03C, signed and sealed by the Certification Office and transcripts from all institutions attended - undergraduate and graduate - to a Regional Office of Education (ROE). Contact your ROE for fee information. If you have already submitted a particular transcript to the state, you do not need to submit another. If at the time of certification your degree had not been awarded and reported to ISBE, send a final transcript when your degree is awarded to have the degree listed in the ECS account.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You must register your certificate:
Once your certificate has been issued, you will need to register it online or through your ROE. Per IL law PA 97-0607, effective August 2011, all certificates must be registered or they will be lapsed after 6 months.* To register online at the ECS account, select "Register/Renew" on the menu and follow the 11-step wizard. On step three, select the region of the state where you will be teaching. If you do not know where you will be teaching, select the region where you live and register here. If you receive a position in a different location than the current region, you can log into the ECS system at a later time and register in the new region.
* If a certificate lapses, the certificate holder must apply for registration & reinstatement. The certificate holder must pay back fees & provide a transcript documenting 9 credit hours of coursework, completed in the last 5 years, in his/her specific certification area.