Our admissions process supports you through the steps necessary to begin a successful training year. It is the first step in launching your career in urban education.

The process also determines whether candidates meet the requirements set forth by the Illinois State Board of Education and our university partners.


Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcripts from Each University Attended
  • Transcript Analysis Form (See Forms Below)
  • Personal Statement
  • Video Essay

Available Content Areas

  • Early Childhood (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle School Language Arts (6-8)
  • Middle School Math (6-8)
  • Middle School Science (6-8)
  • Special Education (K-12)

Minimum Requirements to Apply

Bachelor’s degree by June 2017

Preferred GPA of 3.0/4.0 in the last 60 hours of university coursework

U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident

Course credits that meet the Illinois content requirements for the grade level/content area you would like to become licensed to teach

Who We Look For

AUSL seeks individuals with a variety of backgrounds and experiences who are:

Passionate that all students deserve a quality education

Have no formal training in education

Committed to working with students and transforming educational outcomes

Application Deadlines

  Application Deadline Receive Interview Invitation By If Invited, Interview On Application Decision By Test By
Early Oct. 16, 2016 Oct. 28, 2016 Nov. 5, 2016 Nov. 18, 2016 Dec. 23, 2016
Priority Dec. 1, 2016 Dec. 9, 2016 Dec. 17, 2016 Dec. 30, 2016 Feb. 4, 2017
Preferred Feb. 1, 2017 Feb. 17, 2017 Feb. 25, 2017 March 10, 2017 April 15, 2017
Regular April 1, 2017 April 14, 2017 April 22, 2017 May 5, 2017 May 13, 2017
Final May 1, 2017 May 12, 2017 May 20, 2017 May 26, 2017 May 27, 2017

These dates apply only to complete applications and may be subject to change. Any errors or omissions in your application will delay its review. We strongly encourage applicants to apply early to earn a spot before the program is full.

Application Resources

Transcript Analysis Form

Use the transcript analysis forms to determine if your college course credits meet the State of Illinois requirements for the content area or grade level in which you would like to be licensed. Need help? Reference our Transcript Analysis Form Guide

If you are missing coursework, reference the Missing Coursework Guide for information on obtaining the college-level course credits required for an Illinois Educator License.

Testing Requirements

All candidates are required to take and 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.


Video Creation Guidelines

The application video is an opportunity to show the AUSL team your passion and enthusiasm for urban education beyond your written essay and allows us to “meet” you during the application process.


Admissions Policies

Application and Testing Fees

AUSL does not charge an application fee. However, applicants are responsible for all other fees and expenses necessary to complete their applications, including licensure test registration fees, fees for obtaining transcripts, and any fees or expenses involved in pre-program testing or course work to complete pre-admission college-level course credit requirements.


As part of your application, you must upload or send AUSL transcripts from every college or university you have received course credits. You are allowed to use unofficial transcripts during the application process. If you receive an invitation to a Selection Day Interview, you will be asked to submit official transcripts at that time.


Applicants may apply to the Chicago Teacher Residency once during an admission year, but are welcome to reapply during subsequent years.


AUSL is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its relations with applicants, residents, and staff members, without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood.