PEL - 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.

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

Blackburn College

EIU Accelerated Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure Program

Grand Canyon University

ISU Community Partner Program

ISU - Early Childhood Education Online Workforce Program

Millikin University - Master of Arts in Teaching

Millikin University - Special Ed Endorsement (LBS1)

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

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 Phoenix - Continuing Education for Illinois Teachers

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

University of West Florida - TeacherReady Program

Western Governors University - Scholarship