Please use the application below and follow the corresponding process.
EI Credential Renewal Application * Writable but needs to be printed and mailed to Provider Connections.
- Submit 30 contact hours of Early Intervention specific continuing professional education concentrating in at least two competency areas completed during the credential period.
- Complete the Ongoing Professional Development Plan Format
- Complete the Ongoing Professional Development Documentation Form
A credential extension of up to 3 months for Full Credentialed Providers may be granted due to non-compliance with the Continuing Professional Education requirements. Extension requests will be evaluated on an individual case basis due to extreme hardship and/or extenuating circumstances. Use the Extension Request Form (3-08) (pdf) to request an extension.
Using EI Videos for Continuing Education
Beginning April 1, 2006 a maximum of 5 hours of EI Video credit may be used for every 30 hours of continuing education submitted for renewal and/or core knowledge area documentation purposes.
Beginning March 1, 2008
What is the Ongoing Professional Development Plan (OPDP)?
All new/renewing credentialed providers in Illinois must agree to participate in OPDP activities by using the Ongoing Professional Development Plan Form. OPDP activities are a once a month, non-billable, meeting held either face to face or over the telephone with an individual specialist-level credentialed provider or group, of which at least one member is a specialist-level credentialed provider. A Credentialed Provider, now including providers with a temporary credential, must document a minimum of 75% of their Ongoing Professional Development Plan (OPDP) meetings completed.
These meetings are intended to be used for professional development through discussion of client/family concerns, needs, strengths, resources, priorities, outcomes, strategies, and service plans in order to support best practices.