Saint Xavier University - Education Department
3700 W. 103rd Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60655, United States
The alternative licensure path is an option for prospective early childhood education, elementary education, middle level education and 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.
Master's Degree, MAT, Master of Arts in Teaching
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SXU's 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.