Online Professional Development for Illinois Teachers
Online courses are an option for educators who need to update their skills and knowledge but do not have the time or resources to attend workshops and seminars in person. Read more about these offerings.
Online Professional Development Options for Teachers in Illinois
According to the Illinois State Board of Education regulations, licensed educators must undertake a certain number of professional development hours in order to renew their license. There are a number of organizations or institutions offering professional development hours in an easily managed online format. Learn more about these options and certification in Illinois below.
|Illiniois Certification Renewal Period||5 years|
|Requirements for Renewal||120 hours of professional development|
|Average Salary (2019)||$58,755 (teachers in IL)*|
|Estimated Job Growth (2016-2026)||7-8% (teachers nationally)**|
Sources: *Salary.com; **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Illinois Virtual School (IVS)
IVS is endorsed by the Illinois State Board of Education and offers online professional development (PD) courses that can be used to satisfy an educator's required PD hours. The courses are self-paced, which means educators can complete these on their own schedule and at their own pace. The PD courses available include topics related to online learning environments and project-based learning. Interested educators can register and pay for the courses through the website's online portal, and there are guided videos to help. Once the course has been completed, it is possible to download the course completion details as well as the PD form that can be used to verify the PD hours that have been achieved.
Professional Learning Board (PLB)
The PLB offers self-paced courses individually or in a package. While the courses can count towards an educator's PD hours, it is advisable for educators to receive pre-approval in writing from their employer or the local Illinois Public School District in order to use PLB courses for PD hours. If pre-approval is given, the educator may register and pay for the course or package of interest on the PLB website. The individual courses include areas such as curriculum development and using technology in the classroom. Course packages could include topics like working with all learners, behavior intervention strategies, recognizing mental health disorders in children, and technology for teachers. An evidence of completion form is given when the course is finished.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ACSD)
The ACSD offers a wide array of self-paced PD courses to interested educators. These courses include areas such as understanding the whole child, blended learning, and bullying problems. Courses are optimized so that educators can access these on mobile devices as well as on a computer. Interested candidates can register and pay on the ACSD website through the online portal. Upon completion of a course, an ACSD certificate is given which may be equivalent to as much as 20 hours. Educators interested in this route will need to confirm with the Illinois State Department of Education if this is accepted.
Miscellaneous Professional Development Opportunities
Professional development courses may also be offered by online educational institutions. However, it is best to confirm with the Illinois State Board of Education which courses will contribute adequately to the PD hours needed to renew and maintain licensure.
Illinois Certification Requirements
Those looking to teach in Illinois must apply for the Professional Educator License. To earn this license, prospective teachers must have a bachelor's degree and complete a state-approved teacher preparation program. Illinois also requires candidates to pass a basic skills test, the edTPA assessment, and a content assessment for the area one plans to teach. A background check is also necessary.