University Partners are the certifying bodies for your teacher license, they also play a key roll in your ongoing development as a teacher-leader. Enrolling and remaining in good standing with your graduate program is a requirement both for certification and Teach For America. Illinois State law requires that anyone seeking a teaching license through an alternative certification program take two years of coursework leading to a Masters of Teaching degree (MAT). However, in Indiana the process is different. Indiana State law only requires one year of course work leading to your Initial License (no Master Degree).