Illinois Administrator Certification Application Information and Instructions
Graduates of an educational leadership program at Western Governors University can apply for the Principal, Pk-12 endorsement in Illinois on the basis of having completed an out-of-state approved program. WGU's Educational Leadership programs are state-approved in Washington.
Step 1: Visit the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)
Step 2: Follow the instructions to convert your previous ECS account to the new ELIS system, which was created in September 2013.
Step 3: After you sign in to your account, complete the application process and follow the instructions. After you complete the application and pay the fee, you will be instructed to have your transcripts sent directly to the Illinois State Board of Education. Request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from WGU. Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to the Illinois State Board of Education. To order transcripts from WGU, see the Transcript Request article in this handbook. Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. Have transcripts mailed to:
Illinois State Board of Education
Educator Licensure Division
100 North First Street, S-306
Springfield, IL 62777-0001
Step 4: Download 80-08: Verification of Teaching Experience Form. Fill out the top portion with your personal information, and then send it to your employing school district. The employing school district will complete the remainder of the form and return it directly to the Illinois State Board of Education.
Step 5: Download the State Approved Program Verification Form. Fill out the top portion with your personal information, and then send it to the WGU Certification Officer at the contact information below, who will complete it and send it directly to the Illinois State Board of Education. Email submissions are preferred; email attachments should be in pdf format.
Teachers College Certification Officer
Western Governors University
4001 South 700 East, Suite 700
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
Article Number : 19588, 1597