Retired Teacher Information

Information for Retired Educators can be found here on the ISBE website.

To put a license in retired status, educators must complete two steps on or before August 31 of last year of the five-year renewal cycle in which they retire.

  1. Educators must change their professional development (PD)/employment status in ELIS to retired, beginning with the first full semester following retirement.

  2. Educators must complete and record the amount of professional development required for the number of semesters worked during the renewal cycle in which they retire.

Failure to complete either of the steps above will result in a lapsed license on September 1 following the end of the five-year cycle in which the educator retired.

Current Reinstatement Requirements

  1. Complete and record all outstanding professional development,

  2. Pay all applicable back registration fees, and

  3. One of the following:

    • 9 semester hours of college coursework, or

    • Payment of a $50 reinstatement fee.​​​​

Changing your PD/Employment Status in ELIS

1. Log in to your ELIS account at 

2. On the right-hand side of your credential page, click on the pencil icon. In the drop-down menu click on Update your PD/Employment Status. For the semesters you have been retired, use the drop-down box to select Retired (see option "d" at the bottom of the page). 

3. You will need to enter your PD for the semesters that you have taught. 

4. Note your renewal date for your Professional Educator License (PEL). You will need to log back in to your ELIS account to renew your license by the renewal date. 

Updating your IWAS E-mail Address

If you are using a school email address to login or retrieve your password please make sure to update your IWAS e-mail address to an email account that you will have access to at home.

  1. Log in to your ELIS account. Do not press the "Continue" button.

  2. Select “Edit Profile” on the left‐hand side.

  3. On the My Profile page, update your IWAS email address and click “Submit” when finished.  You have now successfully updated your email address in IWAS.