After you have received notification from the Office of the University Registrar that your teaching entitlement program is completed. Walking in Commencement is not the same as graduating. Receiving final grades, completing final audit, & ISBE notification must occur before you can apply [generally within 2-3 weeks after Commencement].
Most new teachers can apply online at the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Web site for their teaching license. Once the Evaluations Office has completed the final audit and has notified the ISBE that you have completed your entitlement program, you will be emailed through your ISU account with the instructions on using the ELIS system to obtain your teaching license. If you try to apply for your teaching license before your graduation has been finalized, the ELIS system will not let you complete the process.
If you are in an Illinois State Teaching Entitlement Program you DO NOT need to get a Substitute Teacher License. You cannot apply for a STL until you have been officially graduated [finalized by the Evaluations Office]. When you are finalized, the ISBE will be notified & you will be able to get the REAL teaching license. As we make teachers our primary concern at graduation and because of the need for licensure, all teaching majors are processed first during final audits. Most teaching majors are finalized within 10 business days after Commencement.
If you are NOT in an Illinois State Teaching Entitlement Program but want to sub in the schools after graduation, contact your Regional Office of Education for the current application process http://www.isbe.net/regionaloffices/pdf/roedirectory.pdf. Remember, non-teaching majors are finalized AFTER the teaching majors, so allow time after Commencement for final grades & auditing.
In addition to applying for your license online, you will be able to use American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa credit cards to pay your fees. Make sure to check that the ISBE has your correct name and current address.
Request a copy of your official transcript ($6 per copy) to be sent to you after posting of your degree. Transcripts can be ordered at Registrar Service Center in Moulton, at Student Accounts, via mail or or through the National Student Clearinghouse online ordering service