Chicago Teacher Residency™

Earn your masters and gain in-classroom experience with the Chicago Teacher Residency. This full-time, one-year urban teacher program provides you with the skills and support you need to become a highly effective educator.

Apply now to enroll into the next cohort!

What is the Chicago Teacher Residency?

Join an elite group of educators
who Learn, Teach, and Inspire.



Learn strategies that will help you grow as a teacher. Train for a year in a supportive environment, and receive regular, structured feedback from an experienced mentor teacher.



Teach in a Chicago Public School and maximize your impact. Deliver high-quality instruction and create a culture of excellence in your classroom and school.



Inspire your students to achieve their dreams and transform their educational outcomes. Go on to become a Chicago Public School teacher, trusted mentor, and effective school leader.

What makes the Chicago Teacher Residency Different?

As the nation’s first teacher residency program, we continue to innovate and build upon our proven model of producing highly effective teachers.

Training Scholarship

All residents receive a $20,000 training scholarship paid directly to them.
Earn a Master's Degree in One Year

Complete your degree with one of our university partners with heavily reduced tuition, and begin teaching in just one year.
Job Placement

Upon successful graduation, you will be placed into an AUSL-managed neighborhood public school and become a certified Chicago Public School Teacher and union member.<br /> Starting salary at a Master's degree level is around $57,000 (plus pension and other benefits).
Student Teaching + Graduate Coursework

Residents will have the opportunity to apply what they learn in their coursework to their own classroom, under the guidance of an expert mentor teacher.
Coaching Support

Each resident receives one-on-one coaching and support from a Mentor Resident Coach, who will supplement university coursework with professional development in curriculum and instruction.

Why become a Chicago Teacher Resident?

With 1,045 graduates, the Chicago Teacher Residency is the largest in the country. Our residents are equipped to become highly effective teachers through rigorous coursework and training at some of Chicago’s highest-needs schools.

The Residency Year Experience

Graduate-Level Coursework

Select and complete your Master's degree in one year. Choose from a Master of Arts in Education (M.A.T) or a Master of Education (M.Ed.) from DePaul University or National Louis University.
In-Classroom Experience

Your student teaching begins right away in September and ramps up throughout the year.
Cohort Model

Be with like-minded individuals who are just as inspired as you are to make a difference in education. With our cohort model, you will feel supported and have the opportunity to build your professional network.
One-on-One Coaching

Receive personalized feedback and support from an experienced Mentor Resident Coach. They will be assigned to you day one and be with you throughout the entire year and past graduation.
Job Placement

Part of the Residency experience is a commitment to teach in an AUSL-Managed Chicago Public School upon graduation. In the last five years, 77% of our Residents are still employed with Chicago Public Schools, and some are now Principals!

Alumni Reflect on the Chicago Teacher Residency

“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%.”

The Application Process

1. Online Application

Our online application only takes a few minutes to complete! Just provide us with your resume, two short answer questions (250 words each), and unofficial transcripts of university/colleges that you’ve attended.

2. Online Interview

Once you’ve submitted your application, you’ll be invited to an online interview where you’ll meet our team and conduct a model lesson.

3. Licensure Testing

Candidates can satisfy the Illinois Licensure Testing Requirements in 3 ways:

  1. TAP (Test of Academic Proficiency) exam
  2.  Qualifying ACT score
  3. Qualifying SAT Score  

If you have qualifying scores already, you are done! Click here to learn more about qualifying scores and testing requirements

If you do not have qualifying scores, you will need to register for one of the 3 exams. 

4. University Admittance

Enroll into DePaul or National Louis University, depending on the Master’s degree program you’ve selected.

5. Conditional Acceptance

Within two weeks of your interview you’ll find out if you’re accepted* into the Chicago Teacher Residency and on your way to making a difference in public education.

*You will need to satisfy Illinois State Licensure Requirements (Qualifying TAP, ACT or SAT scores) before enrolling in the CTR in June 2019*

6. Orientation

Start your Residency in June and begin your career in education!

2018 Application Deadlines

Early Movers
Sept. 21, 2018
Nov. 2, 2018
Dec. 14, 2018
Feb. 1, 2019
Apr. 5, 2019
May 3, 2019

Tuition and Financial Aid

Learn about the tuition costs associated with our Master Degree programs and financial aid packages that are available to Residents.


See the minimum requirements to apply and testing standards required to join the next Chicago Teacher Residency cohort.

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