Alternative Teacher Certification Information Session

University Park, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Learn how to earn elementary or middle school teacher certification and secure a teaching position through Governors State University’s Alternative Certification Program. Information sessions will be held on Tuesday, October 4, at 7 p.m., at Governors State University.

The Alternative Teacher Certification program at Governors State University offers three ways to earn certification and embark on a new, rewarding career in education. The Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) leads to a master’s degree in education and teacher certification. TQP provides an opportunity to co-teach for a year with a certified teacher, a $30,000 stipend, and a 25 percent reduction in tuition. TQP is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The Alternative Certification Program also offers the opportunity for teachers to teach full-time as they earn a salary and their teacher certification. In addition, there are reduced paid resident opportunities, which also lead to teacher certification.

Since it began more than 12 years ago, the program had helped more than 300 participants change careers to become some of the most well-trained, supported, and effective educators in the south suburbs and Chicago.

This program is open to college graduates with five years work experience after receiving a bachelor’s degree. The application deadline for the Alternative Certification program, beginning Spring 2012, is December 15, 2011.

Governors State University is located at 1 University Parkway, University Park. For more information, call (708) 534-4399 or visit