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updated: 11/18/2012 5:12 PM

Lake County teaching certificate current?

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The Lake County Regional Superintendent of Schools urges all Lake County teachers to be sure their Illinois teaching certificates are currently registered. On Aug. 26, 2011 Public Act 097-0607 was signed into law. It significantly changes when a teaching certificate is considered "lapsed." The new law requires a certificate to be lapsed six months after the last registration year. An educator may not teach in any position requiring certification under a lapsed certificate. To reinstate the lapsed certificate, the educator is required to complete nine semester college credit hours in an area of endorsement on their certificate or pay a $500 penalty fee. Educators may verify their credentials through the Illinois State Board of Education's Educator Certification System at www.isbe.net/ecs or by contacting their serving Regional Office of Education (ROE). Contact the Lake County ROE at (847) 543-7833.

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