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Employees who work in instructional positions, both certified and classified, are required to hold appropriate Illinois licensure.  Information specific to each employee is available through the Illinois State Board of Education's Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS).


ELIS (Educator Licensure Information System)

The Illinois State Board of Education maintains ELIS (Educator Licensure Information System) for all employees, including administrators, certified teaching and support staff, paraprofessional staff, and substitute teachers.  There are new application, registration, recertification, testing and fee payment requirements. 

The most important step to take right now is to update email addresses. All communication from the Illinois State Board of Education will come through email addresses. 


Highly Qualified Status - Certified Staff

District 33 requires that all educators who are the teacher of record in core classes be Highly Qualified as defined under the No Child Left Behind  (NCLB) legislation.  The NCLB core academic subject areas are English, reading, language arts, mathematics, science, foreign language, music, art, economics, history and geography.


Highly Qualified Status - Classified Staff

District 33 requires that all instructional paraprofessional staff hold NCLB Highly Qualified Paraprofessional certification.  New regulations released by the Illinois State Board of Education will require paraeducators to renew their licensure on a regular basis and will soon replace previous TA, TAS and TASN (highly qualified certificates) with Professional Educator License with Stipulations: Paraprofessional.  Visit this page often for updates as they become known.



Employees who work in certified positions must renew their certificates pursuant to Illinois state statute.  There are several resources available to assist current and retired certified employees in certification and recertification matters.

Current D33 Employees:  When you complete recertification, please send a copy of the ECS page indicating your new renewal date to the Department of Human Resources.


Department of Human Resources

312 East Forest Avenue

West Chicago, IL 60185

(630) 293-6000 (voice), ext.218

(630) 231-3472 (fax)

Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

News and Notes

Recertification 2014

It is never too soon to begin compiling your information for recertification.  Unfortunately, there is limited information available concerning recertification procedures under the new ELIS (Educator Licensure Information System).  If your Professional Educator License (PEL) expires on June 30, 2014, you need to keep a file of any professional development and/or CPDUs you complete during the five-year recertification cycle.  Professional Development that you entered into the old ECS prior to July 1, 2013 are recorded on your new ELIS file.  It is unknown at this point whether you will need to enter Professional Development completed after July 1, 2013, BUT it is imperative that you keep a file of your work in the event you are audited.  More information will be available on this site after November 1, 2013.