Alternative (non-traditional) teacher licensure route is an option for those who have not completed traditional teacher preparation programs, but have an interest in changing careers and becoming teachers. Unlike a traditional teacher-preparation program, the alternative licensure programs make it possible for a college-educated individual to take necessary coursework while completing required teaching experience. The first portion of the program is completing an intensive session of methods/pedagogical coursework and earning an Educator Licensure with Stipulations endorsed for Alternative Educator – ELS(APE). Then the educator enters into a two-year residency, placed in classroom as paid, full time teacher of record. Following successful completion of the two-year alternative licensure program, the program graduate is eligible for a Professional Educator License (PEL) in Illinois. Many alternative preparation programs are degree-granting at a graduate level. See the Illinois State Board of Education website for a list of alternative programs.