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Educator Licensure & Finger Printing

The Regional Office of Education Lake County is here to help you with your licensure needs. Below you fill find resources to help you get started with renewing or obtaining your licensure requirements, as well as Substitute Training information. You can also book a time at our office so one of our professionals can help you in person with your licensure needs.

Contact the appropriate Licensure Officer below based on your last name.

Educator last Names A-L

Pam Cooper

Chief Licensure Officer

847.665.0584 | Email


Educator last Names M-Z

Kristi Slack

Licensure Officer

847.665.0609 | Email


Any questions from districts, please contact Pam Cooper

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Applying for a License

Applications for licenses, endorsements, and approvals must be completed online through ELIS (Educator Licensure Information System). Click HERE to sign up for an ELIS account or to log into your existing ELIS account.

Please Note: An official transcript is required for licensure. To be considered official, a transcript must arrive at the Regional Office of Education in   a sealed envelope that you have not opened, just as you received it from your college or university. We can also accept official transcripts electronically if sent directly to us from the college or university. 

College/University can mail your official transcript to: 
Lake County ROE -300 Center Dr. Ste 100 -Vernon Hills, IL 60061
or electronic transcript sent directly by the college/University to: 


For more information about transcripts, contact Licensure at 847-543-7833.

Substitute Training

The Regional Office of Education offers Short Term Substitute Training. This training is open to anyone interested in working as a substitute teacher. 
Course fee is $25.

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Finger Printing

The Regional Office of Education offers fingerprinting and background checks for substitute teachers.


The fee for fingerprinting and background checks is $50 and is payable at time of appointment. Finger printing appointment can be scheduled below.


Please download and fill out the form prior to coming into the office.

Substitute licenses must be issued and registered prior to fingerprinting.

For more information, contact Jennifer Ochsner 

847.223.3400 ext. 239Email

Lake County Retired Teacher Association (LCRTA)

Are you a retired educator, or thinking of retiring? The LCRTA and the IRTA work in unity serving their members through advocacy, education, cooperation, and socialization in organizational structure.

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