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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.  


ISBE Alternative Programs webpage

ROE # 17's Spotlight on Alternative Licensure Programs


University of Phoenix Alternative Route to Licensure


EIU Accelerated Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure Program


Directory of Approved Programs - ISBE


Pre-Approved Coursework - IL Universities


Pre-Approved Coursework - Out-of-State Universities


The Golden Apple Accelerators Program


American College of Education - Information

American College of Education - Online Certificate,  Principal Preparation

American College of Education - Online Master's Degree, Elementary Teaching

American College of Education - Online Certificate Program, Transition to Teaching in Elementary Education

American College of Education - Online Certificate Program, Transitionto Teaching in Secondary Education

American College of Education - Online Bachelor's Degree, Education Studies


Aurora University's Alternative Principal Endorsement Program

Blackburn College Teacher Licensure Program


Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University - Illinois State Board of Education - Licensure Approved GCU Coursework


Grand Canyon University - Online Programs Flyer

Grand Canyon University - Masters in Special Education and Licensure

National Louis University


National Louis University - Alternative, Residency, Year-Long Internship Programs



National Louis University - The Alternative Certification Program


Western Governor's University - Learn Where You Live Scholarship


U of I Springfield - Secondary Licensure Certification - Online


University of Phoenix


University of Phoenix Fast Track Teacher Certification Program


University of West Florida - TeacherReady Program

University of West Florida - Teacher Certification Program: How Does it Work?