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

Admission Requirements

  • Receive their Bachelor’s degree by June 2018
  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or National/Permanent Resident
  • Must have course credits in the subject areas you would like to teach
  • Course credits that meet the Illinois State Board of Education standards for licensure

Testing Requirements

All candidates are must pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), as well as a content area test, before the start of the program.

Candidates are not required to register or test prior to submitting their application but are encouraged to begin preparing.

The Illinois State Board of Education allows candidates to use their qualifying existing ACT/SAT score in lieu of passing the TAP.

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Questions about Testing Requirements

Which tests do I take?

All residents must pass the Illinois Licensure Testing System tests required for their content area before the start of the program:

Grade Level/Content Area Test Codes Test Names
Early Childhood (K-2) 400
Test of Academic Proficiency AND
Early Childhood Education (Final test 1/21/2018) OR
Early Childhood Education (Available starting 1/22/2018)
Elementary (3-5) 400
Test of Academic Proficiency AND
Elementary Education
Middle (6-8) Language Arts 400
Test of Academic Proficiency AND
Middle Grades Language Arts
Middle (6-8) Mathematics 400
Test of Academic Proficiency AND
Middle Grades Mathematics
Middle (6-8) Science 400
Test of Academic Proficiency AND
Middle Grades Science
Special Education (K-12)  400 Test of Academic Proficiency
(Special Education tests are taken during the training year.)

We advise that you choose and register for your tests as early as possible. Applicants who take tests in by February have an advantage, because they may re-test (if necessary) to complete testing requirements in time to join the program in late June or early July.

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Are there any study guides for the tests?

Preparing for the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) is critical. Fewer than one-third of test-takers pass all four sections of the TAP on the first attempt. The more you study and prepare, the greater your chances of doing well on the test.

If you need to retake a test, you must wait 30 days before retaking the same test. You will need to take the test by the end of May for the late June Residency year start. You must pass all required tests before the start of the program.

See below for information about available test preparation resources, many of which are free.

Official Study Guides and Practice Tests

  • Visit the Illinois Licensure Testing System’s preparation resources. ILTS provides free study guides and practice tests, as well as a Computer-Based Testing Tutorial Preview.
  • The Teacher Prep: Basic Skills mobile app may help prepare by offering a review of reading, writing, and mathematics content.
  • An expanded study guide for the TAP is available for $19.95; full-length practice tests are available for the Reading Comprehension, Language Arts/Writing, and Mathematics subtests for $17.95 per practice test or $29.95 for the set.

University Resources

Online Resources

Books and Other Resources

  • Look for books and flash cards at your local library or bookseller.
  • AUSL has a library of resources available for checkout by accepted residents. Contact AUSL Admissions (773-534-0397 or to set up a time to pick up items from our office.
  • GRE or SAT study guides from major test preparation providers (Barrons, The College Board, Kaplan, Princeton Review, etc.) can be helpful in preparing for the Test of Academic Proficiency.
  • Study guides and resources for Praxis tests can also be helpful in studying for the ILTS tests.

Do I have to take the Test of Academic Proficiency?

The Illinois State Board of Education allows applicants to use their ACT/SAT score in lieu of passing the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) for admission.

Please Note: This option is only allowed for candidates who have an existing ACT/SAT score that meets the criteria listed below. You will also still need to take and pass the appropriate content area tests.

The following criteria must be met:


  • Prior to 9/1/2015 – Composite ACT Plus Writing score of at least 22 and a minimum 19 Combined English/Writing score
  • 9/1/2015–9/9/2016 – Composite ACT Plus Writing score of at least 22 and a minimum 16 Writing score>/li>
  • 9/10/2016 or later – Composite ACT Plus Writing score of at least 22 and a minimum 6 Writing score
    (The ACT Plus Writing must be taken at the same time you receive a score of 22 or higher.)


  • Prior to 3/5/2016 – Composite (Mathematics & Critical Reading) SAT score of at least 1030 and a minimum 450 Writing score
  • After 3/5/2016 – Composite (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing + Mathematics) SAT score of at least 1110 and a minimum 26 Writing and Language score
  • ACT & SAT: AUSL must receive your test scores by May 1, 2017 and ISBE Waiver by June 1, 2017.

Prospective candidates who wish to use their ACT/SAT score in lieu of the TAP must complete the following:

Step 1: Request ACT or SAT scores. Scan and upload a copy of your scores to the appropriate section of your online application.

STOP: Only complete steps 2-5 if and when you are accepted into the program.

Step 2: Create an Educator License Information System (ELIS) account.

Step 3: Request ACT or SAT send an official score report to ISBE. (ISBE must receive the score reports directly from ACT/SAT.) For ACT, use institution code 3001; for SAT, use institution code 6773.

Step 4: Check your ELIS account regularly to check the status of your waiver request.

Step 5: Notify AUSL Admissions once ISBE has accepted your waiver. This must be completed by June 1, 2018 for the late June start.

* Instructions for calculating your combined English/writing score

I have more questions!

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