As a license holder who is retired from public education, you ARE responsible for professional development for each semester that you were employed in the public schools during your current cycle.
Individuals must wait until April 1st of the renewal year to renew the license. Retired educators collecting benefits from a State retirement system should list themselves as such in the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS). If you have professional development (PD) requirements for the years of the current cycle during which you taught prior to retirement, these requirements must be met in order to renew the license. Once retired, there are no more registration fees or PD requirements as long as the license is in retired status and the individual does not return to work for 50% or more of a school year. Licenses in retired status for the entire 5-year cycle cannot lapse.
How to Update Professional Development/ Employment Status
Information released by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE):
Through December 31, 2017: Any licensee who has retired, and whose license has lapsed for failure to renew, may reinstate that license without penalty by providing proof of retirement from a state retirement system to the State Board of Education through December 31, 2017. Individuals must submit a copy of a letter from a state retirement system (on official agency letterhead) confirming the individual’s retirement. The licensee’s name, IEIN, and date of birth must be included with the letter. Upon verification that the licensee is not working in a position requiring a professional educator license, the educator’s license will be reinstated.
The verification letter will be used in lieu of a $500 penalty fee or 9 semester hours of coursework. Educators will not need to input any owed PD, and will not need to pay back or forward registration fees.
Letters may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the Illinois State Board of Education at Educator Effectiveness Division, 100 North First Street, Springfield, IL, 62777.
ISBE recently indicated that this information applies to retired individuals who lapse 09/01/2017 as well. Please remember that this only applies to individuals retired from the IL Teachers Retirement System, the Chicago Teachers Retirement System, or another IL State Government retirement system. This does not apply if retired from a federal, out-of-state, or private retirement system.
Beginning July 2017 the Teacher Retirement System will update their website, phone number and email addresses to the information below.
Phone number: (877) 927-5877
Staff Email: "@trsil.org" (ex. email@example.com)