Commonly asked questions

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 grade levels or subjects can I teach?

Depending on what degree program you choose as part of your residency, you can select grades anywhere from K-12.

As for subject (content area), Residents must have completed college-level coursework in the subject area(s) they wish to teach, in accordance with the Illinois State Board of Education standards for licensure.

It is okay to apply even if you identify missing coursework in the credit hours you have, especially if they amount to 6 or fewer semester hours. After you pass the initial screening, we will contact you to discuss options for addressing your missing coursework.

I am (or will be) licensed to teach in another state, not Illinois. Can I still apply?

We do not admit licensed candidates.

Can I enroll to become licensed in another subject or grade-level?

No. We strongly advise against this, as you would be required to enroll in the non-licensed track, resulting in a duplication of previous courses already taken. It would be an easier and less costly option for you to contact Illinois Board of Education directly and ask about your options.

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 you will be required to upload a resume and unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. If you are chosen to move forward to the group interview process, you will be asked to provide a short 2 minute video essay.

What is the application process?
  1. Application
  2. File Review
  3. Group Interview
  4. Acceptance
  5. Enrollment
What is the application deadline?

With rolling admissions, we review applications as they come in. However, to be considered for the 2022 cohort, you will need to complete your by one of the following deadlines:

CTR Early Movers Admission Deadline: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
CTR Fall Admission Deadline: Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Year-End Admission Deadline: Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Spring Admission Deadline: Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Final Admission Deadline: Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Please note: After May 24th deadline, rolling admissions will follow until all placements are full.

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.


Learn about the testing process.

What tests do I take to obtain certification?

All test requirements for teacher licensure are established by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

All residents must pass the edTPA and Illinois content test to obtain teacher licensure. Residents are required to take the Illinois content test upon acceptance prior to the start of the residency program. The Illinois content test are as follows:

Grade Level/Content Area Test Codes Test Names
Elementary (3-5) 197-200 Elementary Education
Middle (6-8) Language Arts 201 Middle Grades Language Arts
Middle (6-8) Mathematics 202 Middle Grades Mathematics
Middle (6-8) Science 203 Middle Grades Science
Special Education (K-12)* 163 Special Education General Curriculum Test – *Special Education candidates will have to take content test 155 Learning Behavior Specialist I during their fall semester in the residency.

We advise that you to register for your test(s) as early as possible.

Test registration

How do I register for the tests?

Illinois content tests dates and registration can be found here.

Are there any study guides for the tests?

Yes! Upon acceptance to the Residency, your recruiter will provide many FREE options such as test prep courses and tutoring through DePaul’s Academic Success Center. You can also seek out preparation sources online and the Illinois Licensure Testing System.

I took and passed my Content Area test(s) a few years ago. Can I use those scores?

Illinois content area test scores are valid for 10 years from the date of application for educator licensure. Since you will apply for your license in June 2022, only passing scores dated after July 2011 are eligible.

What if I don't pass the Illinois Content Area test on the first attempt?

You may re-take all tests if you don’t pass the first time.

May I submit an application before I register for or receive my test score?

Yes, we will review your application and consider your acceptance before you register for your tests. Upon acceptance into the program, you will be required to register for your content test and pass them before the start of the program.

Program Scholarship

Do I get paid?

All Residents receive a $20,000 scholarship during their training year to be used at their own discretion. Visit the tuition and financial aid page to learn about 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 July to June. Students begin their classroom training experience at the beginning of the new CPS school calendar year.

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 July and 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 reduced tuition rates for our Residents. Our one-year program rates are approximately $20,000 (standard tuition rates for the traditional programs range from $29,670 to $36,540). Financial aid is available. Tuition rates are published in June.

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 Master’s 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 AUSL-network and other 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 AUSL-network schools is part of AUSL’s mission. Each spring, AUSL principals observe residents in the classroom and select new teachers for their schools. However, AUSL does not require principals to hire resident teachers. We recognize the many factors that impact hiring decisions, so placement is not guaranteed.

If a resident not placed in a an AUSL-network school, our team will provide assistance to find positions in high-needs CPS schools Historically, over 95 percent of our resident graduates, teach in Chicago following the residency year.

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