Secondary Education and K-12 Specialized Areas (Alternative Licensure)
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The alternative licensure path is an option for prospective secondary education teachers who need to earn a salary while pursuing a teaching license. This alternative licensure program enables candidates to hold a paid position as the teacher of record while pursuing an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL).
Our alternative licensure programs follow rigorous guidelines that include:
- accelerated coursework
- field experiences
- teaching experiences
- licensure testing
Candidates enroll in six semesters of program coursework including two intensive summer sessions as they complete a 42-credit hour program leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).
The alternative licensure programs simultaneously combines accelerated coursework with classroom experiences and one-to-one mentoring. Courses are designed for hybrid/blended delivery; all face-to-face class meetings are scheduled for evenings.
Candidates in this program will have the guidance and support of a site-based mentor/coach and a University coordinator throughout the two years of required provisional teaching.
Candidates in this program will be prepared to teach students one of the following content areas:
- Computer science (grade 6-12)
- Biology (grade 9-12)
- Chemistry (grade 9-12)
- English/language arts ( grade 9-12)
- History (grade 9-12)
- Mathematics (grade 9-12)
- Physics (grade 9-12)
- Political science (grade 9-12)
- Art (grade 9-12)
- Music (grade K-12)
- Spanish (grade K-12)
The Secondary Education program requires that applicants have one of the following:
- a degree in art, biology, chemistry, computer science, English/language arts, history, mathematics, music, physics, political science, or Spanish.
- the equivalent of a degree - 32 credit hours in art, biology, chemistry, computer science, English/language arts, history, mathematics, music, physics, political science, or Spanish.
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