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).

If you are looking for an alternative licensure program for Early Childhood Education and do not fit the City of Chicago's criteria, we strongly encourage you to still consider our Early Childhood Education master's program. Our traditional program is flexible and designed to accommodate working students as well as people who are new to education. With the traditional program, you can get your license and an advanced degree in almost the same amount of time as an alternative licensure program, at a lower cost than most private universities and without having to leave your current job.

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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