Alternative Licensure Program

Benedictine University is presently re-designing its Alternative Licensure Program to meet the new, 2-year residency regulation required of all Illinois Teacher Preparation Programs beginning in 2015. For 14 years, the Benedictine University model has been a 1-year, "fast-track" offering---preparing nearly 300 secondary teachers in mathematics and science. The new model is expected to commence in June, 2015.

Designed specifically for career changers, the program entails an intensive, 8-week course of study in educational methodology followed by a paid internship in either middle school or high school. Benedictine assists interns in seeking, interviewing for, and eventually securing a contractual position; it does not place individuals in designated schools.

Successful completion of all requirements leads to Illinois state licensure in secondary education, referred to as a Professional Educator's License (PEL) and 24 hours of graduate course credit toward a master's degree in education at Benedictine University.

Contact Dr. John Zigmond at or (630) 829-1364 with any questions.