Alternative (non-traditional) teacher licensure is an option for those who have not completed traditional teacher preparation programs, but have an interest in changing careers and becoming teachers. If you hold at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and wish to pursue a teaching license, alternative licensure may be the right fit for you.
IL Approved Alternative Program Process
Instead of completing a traditional route to educator licensure, individuals may complete an approved alternative licensure program in the state of Illinois.
- Hold a Bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of at least a 3.0
- Pass the TAP (basic skills assessment) and applicable content area test
As part of program, individuals:
- Complete intensive session (over summer) of methods/pedagogical coursework and be issued as part of the program an Educator Licensure with Stipulations endorsed for Alternative Educator - ELS(APE) once requirements of licensure program are met, and then:
- Enter into first of a two-year residency, placed in classroom as paid, full time teacher of record, and assigned a Mentor teacher
- Prior to second year of residency, complete any coursework required by program and be recommended by program for second year, and
- Pass the edTPA performance based assessment during the first semester of the second year of teaching residency, successfully complete year two of residency and any remaining program requirements
- Upon program completion, the ELS(APE) is exchanged for the Professional Educator License (PEL) via entitlement
IL Approved Alternative Licensure Programs
Contact specific institutions for information about applying to the program and current cohort availability.
***Entitlement - Individuals who complete an IL approved alternate educator preparation program will be entitled by the university/college. The university/college licensure officer will enter program completion information into candidates ELIS account. Individuals will not apply for the professional educator license until the university has fully entered the entitlement. ***
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