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Alternative Licensure Program

Offered in partnership with the Chicago Early Learning Workforce Scholarship Program

The UIC Early Childhood Education Alternative Licensure Program (ALP) is a teacher residency program for the incumbent Chicago early childhood workforce. The program is in partnership Chicago Early Learning Workforce Scholarship Program. Following a course of study, program candidates complete a four-semester residency to earn an Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education.

How to Apply & Eligibility Heading link

The recruitment process begins through Chicago Early Learning Workforce Scholarship Survey.  All potential applicants must first complete this survey.

The survey opens in January 2022 for recruitment of the next cohort starting Fall 2022. Interested candidates can subscribe to the Chicago Early Learning mailing list and check their website for application updates. If you have any questions or need additional support, please contact

If you want the Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL) but do not qualify for this program Heading link

If you are looking for an alternative licensure program for Early Childhood Education and do not fit the City of Chicago’s admissions criteria, we strongly recommend our Early Childhood Education master’s program. Classes are held in the evenings for working students, the degree can be completed part-time, and the program accepts students with no previous background in education. With the traditional master’s program, you get your license and an advanced degree in the same amount of time as an alternative licensure program, at a lower cost than private universities and without having to leave your current job.

If you are interested in other UIC teaching licensure programs, please see the UIC Council on Teacher Education website for a complete list programs and contact information.

Contact for the Alternative Licensure Program Heading link

Contact for the Master's in Early Childhood Education Program Heading link

Course information for current ALP students Heading link

If you are a currently enrolled alternative licensure student, course schedules are listed on the UIC Extended Campus website.