For 13 years, Benedictine University has prepared nearly 300 career changers as secondary school teachers in mathematics and science. Designed specifically for engineers as well as science and mathematics majors, the 2014 cohort recently completed an intensive, 8-week course of study in educational methodology (PBL). PBL----Problem-Based Learning---focuses on a real-life problem that is student-centered and hands on.
Benedictine University and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) have collaborated to design an accelerated program for mathematics and science professionals seeking a teaching career. The program is 12 months in duration and includes an orientation, an intensive course of study in educational theory, instructional methods and teaching practices during an eight-week summer session, and a yearlong paid internship in a middle school or high school.
Upon completion of the summer experience, cohort members earned a Professional Educator's License with Stipulations (PELS) and were hired as fully-compensated teachers of record. Following one successful year of teaching, interns will then earn the PEL---Professional Educator's License.
Based on the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) rules and regulations, Benedictine University's Alternative Licensure Program is under revision and not accepting applications at this time.
Call Dr. John Zigmond at (630) 829-1364 or send an E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
At the end of the program, participants receive an Initial Teacher Certification from the State of Illinois.