Chicago Teacher Residency™ University Partners

The Chicago Teacher Residency partners with two area universities to offer four different teacher preparation programs.

Residents interested in teaching Elementary students (grades 3 – 5) will join the Elementary Education (ELE) program at National Louis University. Those residents interested in teaching a content area: math, science, or language arts, will be enrolled in the Middle Grade Education (MGE) program, also at National Louis University. NLU has been a partner with the CTR since its inception in 2003.

To become an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) teacher (grade preK – 2) or Special Education (SPE) teacher, Residents enroll at DePaul University and attend courses on their Lincoln Park campus. Special Education students will be license to teach K-12 In 2017-18, we are celebrating our third year of partnering with DePaul.

Earn Your Masters

Both university partners offer programs that lead to a master’s degree with a tuition scholarship that brings the cost of attendance significantly below what the regular costs would be. All academic programs are taught in partnership with the CTR and the field experience of residents in order to maximize the learning that takes place when residents are in their graduate coursework. This close conversation between organizations is a vital tool for aligning the resident experience in their school site and graduate classrooms.

GRADES K-2

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree in Early Childhood Education

at DePaul University

Coursework will prepare you for the classroom with courses in teaching methods, growth and development, literacy, and assessment. You will take all necessary coursework for your Illinois Professional Educator License with an Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2) endorsement.

GRADES 3-5

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Degree

at National Louis University

Coursework will prepare you for the classroom with teaching methods courses in literacy, math, science, social studies, educational psychology, technology in education, and research. You will take all necessary coursework for your Illinois Professional Educator License with an Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) endorsement.

GRADES 6-8

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Degree

at National Louis University

Coursework will prepare you for the classroom with courses in teaching methods for your content area, curriculum, and assessment. You will take all the necessary coursework for your Illinois Professional Educator License with a Middle Grades (Grades 5-8) endorsement.

K-12 SPECIAL EDUCATION

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree in Special Education

at DePaul University

For residents interested in teaching in a Special Education setting, this program will lead to an Illinois Professional Educator License with a Special Education (LBS1) endorsement (K-12). Coursework will prepare you for work with a Special Education population in a variety of settings as a co-teacher, resource, and self-contained classroom. You will develop the skills to work with, develop, and assess students with learning needs. Residents in this program will be placed in a Special Education classroom.