Frequently asked questions about The Chicago Teacher Residency

What is the Chicago Teacher Residency?

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Application Qualifications

Learn more about what you need before you start the application process.

What programs are available?
  • Special Education – Grades K-12th
  • Elementary Education – Grades 1st-6th
  • Early Childhood Education – Birth to 2nd
  • Middle Grades Math, Science, Language Arts or Social Science Grades 5th-8th
  • High School: Math, Science, Language Arts or Social Science Grades 9th-12th
  • Physical Education – Grades K-12th
  • Visual Arts Grades – Grades K-12th
Am I eligible if I already have a teaching license?

The CTR is designed to train people who do not currently have teaching licenses.

Application Process

Learn about the application process for applying to the Chicago Teacher’s Residency.

What materials do I need?

To apply to the Residency program you will be required to upload a resume and unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. You will also be required to write a brief essay.

What is the application process?

Our application process has two parts.

Part I

  1. Submit an application here
  2. Our team processes it checking for all necessary documentation and information
  3. If you meet all the criteria, we will invite you for a virtual interview

Part II

  1. DePaul University Graduate School of Education Application
What is the application deadline?

With rolling admissions, we review applications as they come in. However, to be considered for the 2024-25 cohort, you will need to submit your application by one of the following deadlines:

Spring Admission Deadline: March 31, 2024
Final Admission Deadline: May 15, 2024

If I'm not accepted to the program, can I apply again?

We accept one application per candidate each recruitment cycle. If you are not accepted into the program, you may submit a new application for the following cohort.

Program Scholarship

Do I get paid?

All Residents receive a scholarship during their training year to be used at their own discretion. Your recruiter can provide you with information about the scholarship as well as additional financial supports.

During the Residency Year

Learn more about how the full year of the residency looks.

When does the residency program start and end?

The Residency year is a full calendar year and runs June to June. Graduate school courses begin in June of 2024. Residents begin their classroom training in the fall according to the CPS school calendar.

What will my schedule look like during the residency year?

Summer: Full-time university coursework through Depaul University Monday-Friday from 9 -4 p.m. in June, July and a portion of August. During these months, Residents complete half of their graduate coursework needed to obtain a Master’s degree.

School year: Residents work side-by-side their mentor teacher in a CPS classroom Monday-Thursday for a hands-on training experience. Fridays are dedicated to completing Master’s Degree coursework.

Does the residency provide housing?

The Chicago Teacher Residency does not provide housing; however, your recruiter can provide you with resources to explore potential housing options.

What is the tuition cost for the Master's program?

DePaul University offers a reduced tuition rate for our Residents of roughly $20,000. Financial aid, grants and scholarships are available. See more information here.

After graduation

Learn more about what life looks like post-graduation.

What salary will I earn after the Residency year?

After completing a successful Residency year and hiring process, graduating residents will be employed as Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers with a Masters Degree (lane 2). Click here to see the salary schedule for full-time appointed teachers (2019-2024).

What is my commitment to the Residency following graduation?

The Chicago Teacher Residency is designed to create a pipeline of talented, specially-trained teachers to fill positions in high-needs Chicago Public Schools. When you join our program, you will sign an agreement committing to teach in a high-needs school for a minimum of four years after graduation.

Am I guaranteed to have a teaching job after graduating?

Placing Chicago Teacher Residency graduates in high-needs schools is part of AUSL’s mission. Each spring, AUSL principals observe residents in the classroom and select new teachers for their schools. Nearly all Residents receive offers (oftentimes multiple offers). However, AUSL does not require principals to hire Resident teachers. We recognize the many factors that impact hiring decisions, so placement is not guaranteed.

Historically, over 95 percent of our resident graduates teach in Chicago following the residency year.

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