Secondary Education and K-12 Specialized Areas

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:

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.

Program Description

Candidates in this program will be prepared to teach students one of the following content areas:

Grades 6-12

Grades 9-12

Grades K-12

The Secondary Education program requires that applicants have one of the following:

Program Requirements

Please view the admission requirements page, as well as the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog for additional information.

Contact Information

If you have additional questions, please contact:

Graduate Admission
Phone: 773-298-3053

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