Alternative Licensure Program

Offered in partnership with UIC Extended Campus and the City of Chicago Early Learning Scholarship Program

Thank you for your interest in the UIC Alternative Licensure program. The UIC Early Childhood Alternative Licensure program is a teacher residency program currently prioritizing teachers working in Chicago Community Agencies.

The program is in partnership City of Chicago Early Learning Scholarship Program. Following a course study, program candidates complete a two-year residency to earn an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with an endorsement in early childhood education.

How to Apply

The application process is overseen by the City of Chicago, not UIC. To determine eligibility for the program, potential candidates must first complete the Chicago Early Learning Workforce Scholarship survey (linked below).

Course information (for current students)

Alternative licensure students work with UIC Extended Campus for course registration. If you are a currently enrolled alternative licensure student, course schedules are listed on the UIC Extended Campus website.

Survey: Chicago Early Learning Workforce Scholarship

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