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Alternative Licensure Elementary Education


New in May 2018! The alternative licensure path is an option for prospective Elementary Education teachers who need to earn a salary while pursing a teaching license. This Elementary Education Alternative Licensure Program enables candidates to hold a paid position as the teacher of record while pursuing an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL).

The Illinois Administrative Code (23 Illinois Administrative Code 25, Section 25.60) provides an alternate route for non-licensed college graduates to obtain a PEL in Illinois. Similar to any other licensure program, alternative licensure programs follow rigorous guidelines that include accelerated coursework, field experiences, teaching experiences, and 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 Elementary Education alternative licensure program simultaneously combines accelerated coursework with classroom experiences and one-to-one mentoring. Candidates in this program will have the guidance and support of a mentor teacher, a University coordinator and a site coach throughout the two years of required provisional teaching.

This program is designed for those who already hold a bachelor's degree in one of the following specifically approved content areas: reading, English/language arts, mathematics, physical science or one of the social sciences. Potential candidates who do not hold a bachelor's degree in one of these approved content areas will be required to submit transcripts to the state superintendent to be reviewed for equivalency.

Program Admission Requirements

The Illinois State Board of Education and the School of Education require that potential candidates meet the following admission requirements:

  • Undergraduate GPA: Minimum 3.0
  • Pass Illinois Basic Skills Requirement (ACT, SAT or TAP)
  • Pass Elementary Education Content Area Test (Grades 1-6; subtests 197, 198, 199, 200)
  • Successful Admission Interview
  • Obtain a State of Illinois Provisional Alternative Educator License
  • Complete VIRTUS Training
  • Successfully complete a Criminal Background Check/Fingerprinting

Program Benchmarks

Admission

                                                                                               

Exit

Year 1

Year 2

GPA: Minimum 3.0

Maintain 3.0 or above

Maintain 3.0 or above

GPA: Minimum 3.0

Bachelor's Degree in ELA, Reading, mathematics, physical science or one of the social sciences

Admission Interview

Pass Illinois Basic Skills Requirement (ACT, SAT or TAP)

Pass Elementary Education Content Area Test (Grades 1-6 - 197,198, 199, 200)

Complete the Professional Dispositions Pre Self-Assessment

Complete course of study that includes:

  • Instructional planning
  • Instructional strategies
  • Special education
  • Reading
  • English language learning (ELL)
  • Classroom management
  • Assessment of students
  • Use of data to drive instruction
  • 30 hours of field experiences

Passing scores on Educators Symposium and E-Portfolio 1st Review

Complete additional coursework relative to the standards set forth in 23 Ill. Adm. Code 24 (Standards for all Illinois Teachers, the middle level standards (AMLE), and the State Board of Education's Social and Emotional Learning Standards.

Satisfactory instructor assessments of professional dispositions

Successful completion of all program coursework

Professional Dispositions Post Self-Assessment

Apply for Provisional Alternative Educator License

Complete VIRTUS Training

Pass Criminal Background Check/ Fingerprinting

Maintain GPA of 3.0 or above

Satisfactory instructor assessments of professional dispositions

Pass the edTPA by the end of fall II semester

Maintain GPA of 3.0 or above

Target Performance on the Elementary Education InTASC E-Portfolio Final Review

Target performance on the formative Danielson evaluation

Curriculum competency evaluation rating of 3 or above in each of the 7 content areas (ACEI)

Recommended for second year of residency by principal of school and program coordinator

Target performance on the summative Danielson evaluation

Curriculum competency evaluation rating of 3 or above in each of the 7 content areas (ACEI)

Completion of SXU graduation requirements

Rating of "proficient" or higher at the conclusion of the comprehensive assessment required under subsection (c)(7) by which candidates are recommended for the PEL

Sequence of Professional Education Courses (42 credit hours)

Courses are designed for hybrid/blended delivery; all face-to-face class meetings are scheduled for evenings.

Spring/Summer 1 (2018)

  • SOE Orientation (online) (0)
  • Methods of Reading and Reading in the Content Area (3)
  • Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language (3)
  • Cycle of Effective Teaching (2)
  • Pre-residency Field Experience Block (1)
  • Survey of Students with Exceptionalities for the Regular Classroom Teacher (3)

Fall 1 (2018)

  • Methods of Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School (2)
  • Child Growth and Development (2)
  • Residency 1 (2)

Spring 1 (2019)

  • Reading and Writing in the Content Area (2)
  • edTPA Seminar (2)
  • Residency 1 (2)

Summer 2 (2019)

  • Principles and Methods of Teaching Science, Health and PE in the Elementary School (3)
  • Principles and Methods of Teaching Social Science and Fine Arts in the Elementary School (3)

Fall 2 (2019)

  • Assessment and Diagnosis of Reading Problems (2)
  • Introduction to Educational Technology (2)
  • Residency 2 (2)

Spring 2 (2020)

  • Capstone/Research Seminar (4)
  • Residency 2 (2)

Requirements in this program are subject to change within the time span of one's University career due to changing requirements at national, state, and local levels.