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Frequently Asked PD Questions

1.  What is my PD requirement?

  • 120 hours per 5 year cycle

2.  If I am not working in the schools but hold a PEL, am I required to complete PD?

  • If you are NOT working in a position that requires your PEL then you are EXEMPT from all PD requirements for those years.  Be sure to update your PD status on your ELIS account.

3.  Can college credit hours count towards PD?

  • Yes.  1 college credit hour is equivalent to 15 PD hours.  Be sure to convert your hours when uploading PD.

4.  What do I need to do after I finish a college class for PD?

  • Send official sealed copy of transcripts to your local ROE and we will upload them to your account.  You are responsible for inserting PD on your ELIS account.

5.  What forms does a school principal need to use for PD activities?

  • Each workshop participant is required to complete the 77-21A and return to principal at the end of the activity.  
  • Participants will need form 77-21B for their records (principals should keep one BLANK copy for their records).
  • Principals must keep a sign in sheet for each activity
  •    - See pages 3-4 of Requirements and Guidelines
  • 73-58 must be completed by the prinicipal
  • ISBE requires ALL providers to keep a record of each activity including ALL documentation listed above.

6.  IMPORTANT License Renewal Information - Required Professional Development Hours- click here

Beginning with the 2015-2020 renewal cycle, and every cycle thereafter, there are no longer any reductions for licensure renewal professional development hours. There will no longer be any reductions for advanced degrees since “pre-July 1, 2014” activities, as allowed under 25.800(e) of Administrative Code, were last applicable to FY 2019 license renewal.

Below is the baseline number of professional development hours educators will owe for license renewal, beginning with licenses renewed this spring/summer:

·  Licensees Holding National Board for Professional Teachers Certification: 60 hours (if serving in an administrative role, 1 Administrator Academy per year is also required)

·  Teachers who are not National Board Certified: 120 hours

·  School Support Personnel (including School Social Worker, School Counselor, School Psychologist, School Nurse, and Speech-Language Pathologist) who are not National Board Certified or not IDFPR or nationally licensed*: 120 hours  

·  Administrators who are not National Board Certified: 100 hours + 1 Administrator Academy per fiscal year


*Holding IDFPR or applicable national licensure will fulfill all 120 hours of professional development for school support personnel.

Educators who are due to renew their licenses this spring/summer should begin taking additional professional development hours now so they will be able to accumulate the required hours needed to renew their licenses.



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