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Entitlement Process for Candidates

  • Meet or correspond with your advisor and review requirements for the endorsement (transcripts, basic skills/test of academic proficiency, content test, edTPA, degree)

  • Have your advisor complete an entitlement worksheet (you will need to provide your name, date of birth and IEIN number) and confirm the endorsements you are seeking
    • Only include endorsements that your advisor confirms you are qualified to obtain
  • After you have signed the entitlement worksheet, your advisor will forward the completed form to the University Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation (UOELP) by campus mail or email

  • UOELP will enter the recommended entitlements with "pre-completed” status in your ELIS account (we encourage you to check the account and review the endorsements)

  • If you have an employment offer, you are considered an "early clear.” Send a copy of the offer letter or intent to hire to teachercertification@niu.edu

  • If you already have a degree, make sure it is recorded in your ELIS account (you may forward transcripts to the ISBE by sending official copies to Illinois State Board of Education Licensure Division, 100 North First Street Springfield, IL 62777 or electronically to transcripts@isbe.net)

  • Once all necessary documentation (including test scores and degree) has posted to both MyNIU and your ELIS account, UOELP will change the status of entitlement to "completed" (this process takes place a few days after commencement)

  • You will receive an auto-generated email (to the email address listed in the contact information of your ELIS account) from the ISBE prompting you to "register” your credentials

  • You may log into your ELIS account to follow the registration prompts and make online payment (this will change license status to "issued”)