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Secondary Math or Science

If you are interested in teaching math or science in the 2014 school year (chemistry, physics, biology, math), NTEC offers an alternative licensure program for you. The program, offered through NTEC by National Louis University, allows you to pursue a secondary education degree and earn your Illinois teaching license.

NTEC offers a Master of Arts in Teaching leading to a secondary teaching license in several disciplines, including:

  • Math
  • Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

Each of these teacher licensure programs is offered with an option for a Bilingual or ESL Endorsement.

How Does it Work?

During the first academic term of the secondary education certification program, candidates take coursework in classroom management, lesson planning and secondary math, biology, chemistry, or physics education. After completing that coursework and passing their teacher certification exams, candidates are then eligible to work as full-time paid teachers. During their first full year of teaching, candidates take additional courses and earn their secondary teaching license at the end of the year. After earning their license, candidates complete their Master's degree from National Louis University by taking 4-6 additional graduate courses.

Click here for a more detailed description of the Alternative Certification Program.

Candidates who do not get a teaching job after their first semester of coursework in the alternative certification program may transfer their credits into the traditional Master's with certification program at National Louis University. In that program, candidates complete their course credit and an unpaid student teaching assignment before earning their teaching license and a Master’s degree.

Pursue your secondary education certification with NTEC and start earning your Illinois teaching certificate today! Contact us to learn more.

Qualifications

Qualifications for Admission

  • An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or the verified overseas equivalent of the same
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (Candidates with a GPA between a 2.5 and 3.0 may be considered for admission with the contingency of a review after taking 4 courses in the program)
  • Passing score on the Test of Academic Proficiency OR a score of 22 or better on the ACT taken within the writing component with the last ten (10) years OR a passing score on the Basic Skills Test within the past 10 years

Qualifications to begin Teaching

    • Successful completion of all coursework in the first semester of the alternative teacher certification program
    • Passing scores on Illinois Certification Testing System Test matching your area of certification
      • #115 – Mathematics
      • #105 – Biology
      • #106 – Chemistry
      • #116 – Physics
    • Bilingual teachers must also pass the Target Language Proficiency (TLP) Exam. Please consult an NTEC admissions representative before registering for the TLP as the test numbers are confusing.
    • A job offer as a secondary teacher in the 6 county Chicago area.  

Qualifications to earn Licensure

      • Successful completion of all coursework in the alternative certification program
      • Passing scores on Illinois Certification Testing System Test matching your area of certification
        • #103 – Assessment of Professional Teaching Exam 

Qualifications to earn a Master's Degree 

    • Successful completion of all coursework in the alternative certification program
    • Successful completion of 4-6 additional graduate courses approved by your National Louis Academic Advisor