Alternative Licensure/Education Programs

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.

Checklist for out-of-state universities:

  1. The university must be regionally accredited or it will NOT be accepted by ISBE.

  2. The education program MUST END IN LICENSURE in their state. If it doesn't end in licensure, it won't end in licensure in Illinois.

  3. What are the expectations of the student teaching portion of the program? Will you be required to quit your job during student teaching OR can you work as a substitute and meet the student teaching requirements? If you do not complete student teaching, it will not end in licensure and will NOT be accepted by ISBE.

    Contact Dee Williams with any additional questions regarding out-of-state degree programs

    Courses leading to endorsements are offered in many universities throughout the country.  Whether you are entering a program or just taking required coursework for subsequent teaching endorsements for your current PEL, please consult with an academic advisor in the education department of the institution to ensure the coursework meets the requirements of ISBE.  

Directory of Approved Programs - ISBE

Pre-Approved Coursework - IL Universities

Pre-Approved Coursework - Out of State Universities

ISBE Alternative Programs webpage

Aurora University - Alternative Principal Endorsement program

Blackburn College

EIU - ESL Endorsement Online

EIU - Reading Teacher Endorsement Online

Grand Canyon University

ISU Community Partner Program

ISU - LBS1 - Learning Behavior Specialist Special Education Endorsement

ISU - Master of Science in Special Education

ISU - PULSE - Paraprofessionals Unlocking Licensure in Special Education

Millikin University - Special Ed Endorsement (LBS1)

Millikin University - Endorsement Requirements/Recommendations

Northern Illinois University College of Education - Seeking local school districts to join unique NIU cohort that will transform paraprofessionals into teachers.

RELAY/GSE - Information for IL School Districts

RELAY - Information for schools/districts considering employment of a candidate in the MAT program at Relay

Rockford University - Earn a PEL or Subsequent Endorsement with master's degree

SIU - Cooperative Education Coordinator

Teach NOW - Teacher Preparation Program

The Golden Apple Accelerators Program - A Material Solution to the Illinois Teacher Shortage

U of I - Springfield LBS1 Certification - Online

University of St. Francis - (REAL) Courses for Endorsements

University of West Florida - TeacherReady Program

University of St. Francis - Driver Education Endorsement

Western Governors University - Scholarship