Chicago Teacher Residency™ Eligibility

We look for candidates that are invested in education, dedicated to doing good, and committed to their own personal growth. Chicago Teacher Residents not only pride themselves on their resiliency and grit but on their passion for the work.

Who We Look For:

• Believe all students deserve a quality education
• Have no or little formal training in education
• Committed to working with students and transforming educational outcomes

Jasmyne Portee, a first grade teacher and an alumnae of the Chicago Teacher Residency Class of 2013, shares how the program helped her form the grit she needs to find success every day in the classroom.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor's Degree

It doesn’t matter if you’re just graduating with your Bachelor’s this spring or have been out of the college game for a while — all you need is a four-year degree by the start of the program in June.


You must have a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) GPA in order to be admitted to DePaul or National Louis University.


Due to our hiring restrictions, we are only able to accept candidates that are U.S. Citizens or National/Permanent Residents. Unfortunately, we are not able to sponsor or support visas at this time.

Undergraduate Course Credits

You will need course credits in the subject areas you would like to teach. For example, if you want to teach 6th to 8th grade math or science, you’ll need to have taken math or science during your undergraduate years.

Licensure Standards

You will need course credits that meet the Illinois State Board of Education standards for licensure. This means having a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution. Visit their website for more information.


After you’re accepted into the program, you’ll be required to either take the TAP (Test of Academic Proficiency) or have an eligible ACT/SAT score. Learn more about testing requirements.

More Questions?

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