Early Childhood Education Certification Advising Sheet
Elementary Education Certification Advising Sheet
PACE Online Application
Test Required for Admission into the School of Education
Educator Certification through PACE
Adults who have already earned a bachelor’s degree and want to switch careers into teaching can earn Educator Certification through the PACE program. Education Certification is available in Early Childhood Education (Illinois type 04, birth through 3rd grade) or Elementary Education (Illinois type 03, kindergarten through fifth grade). Individuals completing Elementary Education program will also complete either an English as a Second Language Endorsement or a Learning Behavior Specialist 1 Endorsement. Those in the Early Childhood Education program will complete an English as a Second Language Endorsement, a Special Education Letter of Approval from the Illinois State Board of Education, and will complete the coursework required for the Developmental Therapist Credential from the Department of Social Services. If an adult is interested in Secondary Education (Illinois type 09, grades 9-12), he/she would need to take both PACE evening courses as well as traditional daytime courses.
As with other PACE majors, students take one class one evening per week from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., then move into the next course. Courses generally last 5 weeks, and students should expect 10-20 hours of work outside of the classroom for each week of class. Students in the Early Childhood Education program will complete five semesters of coursework with the fifth semester reserved for student teaching. Students in the Elementary Education program will complete four semesters of coursework with the fourth semester reserved for student teaching. In addition, there are a few additional required courses which many students transfer into the program. Students who have not already completed these requirements may also choose to enroll in these courses through PACE. In addition to program coursework, students will complete at least 140 hours of internships that will allow students to apply what they are learning to actual classroom settings. While all courses will be in the evening, students will need to be available during the day when area schools are in session to complete the internship hours as well as during the student teaching experience in their final semester.
Millikin also offers Secondary Education Certification for students in one of the following fields: History, English, Mathematics, Science, and Physical Education. Students interested in pursuing their Secondary Certification must already hold a Bachelor’s degree. The courses required to complete this program are offered in combination with the traditional day-time program and though the PACE program. Students will begin taking courses through the PACE program while they are also completing necessary state testing requirements, if they have not already done so. Students will then be prepared to complete a full semester of coursework in the traditional day-time program in a Spring semester and will then complete their student teaching experience in the Fall semester. In addition to coursework, students will complete at least 140 hours of internships that will allow students to apply what they are learning to actual classroom settings. Students will need to be available during the day when area schools are in session to complete the internship hours, during the Spring semester of coursework, and during the student teaching experience in their final semester. Students should also be aware that they will be paying under two different cost structures as they complete both traditional day-time and PACE courses.