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Paraprofessionals Must Now Register Their Licenses
Due to a law change in the last few years, paraprofessionals must now register their licenses.
The change means that many, many paraprofessional licenses are up for renewal in 2018. This may cause a big overload on the ELIS system once they, along with all other educators, are eligible to renew their licenses on April 1, 2018. To alleviate long wait times or drops in the ELIS system, So Cook ISC strongly recommends that everyone wait a few days after April 1, 2018 to register their licenses.
Not all paraprofessionals need to register their licenses in 2018.
Paraprofessionals with a license issued prior to July 1, 2013, need to register their license between April 1 and June 30, 2018.
Paraprofessionals with a license issued after July 1, 2013, do not need to register their license before June 30, 2018, but they will need to register their license 5 years from the date of issue of their original license.
If an educator holds more than one type of license, they only need to maintain their highest license. For example, if someone holds a teaching license (PEL) and they also hold a substitute license or a paraprofessional license, they only need to renew/register the teaching license (PEL) as it is the highest license.
Professional development is not required for paraprofessionals to register their license, and the fee to register is $50.
Any other questions or concerns can be answered by calling: South Cook ISC, 253 West Joe Orr Road, Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411;
to go to the ELIS website.
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