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Chicago Teacher Residency™

The Chicago Teacher Residency (CTR) is a one-year teacher training program for talented professionals who passionately believe that all students deserve a quality education.

Individuals who join the program receive a scholarship to obtain a master’s degree from DePaul University and obtain in-classroom experience with guidance from expert coaches and mentors.

Mentored

The residency is a supportive program that develops highly effective teachers through master’s level coursework partnered with an in-classroom experience with guidance from expert coaches and mentors.

Equipped

By combining theory and practice, participants receive the tools they need to become successful educators in Chicago Public Schools and beyond.

Placed

Upon completion of the one-year program, individuals are fully licensed to teach in Illinois, and be placed in a full-time teaching position in Chicago Public Schools.

Tuition & Financial Aid

As a resident, you will enroll at DePaul University.

Tuition is approximately $20,000 for one year.

All residents receive a $20,000 training scholarship (paid directly to you) which can be applied to tuition or used towards living costs.

Urban Teaching Experience – Spend the Year:

Student-teaching in an extended clinical experience One-on-One Coaching – Receive personalized feedback and support from an expert Mentor Resident Coach

Job Placement – Placement as a Teacher in a high needs Chicago Public School

First Year Annual Salary – $65,000 – $68,525.

“I’m a huge, huge fan of who you are (CTR), what you are going to do, and the AUSL family. There’s nothing more important that we can do than put great teachers into the classrooms of our children across Chicago, particularly in our most underserved communities.

Our students are going to need teaches who believe in them, who see their potential, who can help them through the stress and trauma to envision a set of possibilities way beyond what the day to day reality might feel like.

Your collective commitment and courage inspire me.”

– Arne Duncan, former Secretary of Education and CEO of Chicago Public Schools, speaking at graduation on the power of the CTR to transform educational outcomes for students.

The Application Process

Apply online

Our online application is designed to be simple. Just give us your resume, answer two short questions, and send us unofficial transcripts of the universities/colleges you’ve attended.

Online interview

After your application, we’ll invite you to an online interview where you’ll meet the team and conduct a model lesson.

University admittance

Enroll into our university partner, DePaul University, and choose your Master’s degree program focus.

Conditional acceptance

Only two weeks after your interview you’ll find our if you’re accepted into the Chicago Teacher Residency, preparing your way to make a difference in public education.

Start Your Application

Create an account to get started on earning your Masters and becoming a teacher.

Continue Your Application

Log in to complete your application, submit materials, and enroll.

Why become a Chicago Teacher Resident?

Join over 1,200 graduate of the Chicago Teacher Residency, prepared for becoming a difference maker. Our Residents are equipped to become successful educators in Chicago Public Schools and beyond.

Why become a Chicago Teacher Resident?

Join over 1,200 graduate of the Chicago Teacher Residency, prepared for becoming a difference maker. Our Residents are equipped to become successful educators in Chicago Public Schools and beyond.

CTR Alumni Testimonials

“With the help of highly-effective teachers entering the Chicago Public School system, students reading at or above grade level increased 29% to 44%, and math scores improved 30% to 43%.”

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