Our comprehensive admissions process is designed to help us determine if candidates possess the necessary traits for a successful residency year and 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 partner.

Our application is currently closed. The application for the 2017/18 training year will open later this fall. Please complete an interest form to be notified when the application reopens.


Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcripts from Each University Attended
  • Transcript Analysis Form (See Forms Below)
  • Two Personal Statements

Available Content Areas

  • Elementary School (K-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 2016

Minimum GPA of 2.75/4.0 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. We carefully screen candidates to select those who possess the dedication, commitment and resilience that are required to succeed in an urban public school.

Have no formal training in education

Are non-education majors

Career changers

Non-licensed educators (substitute teachers, assistants, etc.)

Application Deadlines

  Application Deadline Receive Interview Invitation By If Invited, Interview On Application Decision By
Early Oct. 1, 2015 Oct. 23, 2015 Nov. 7, 2015 Nov. 20, 2015
Preferred Dec. 1, 2015 Dec. 23, 2015 Jan. 9, 2016 Jan. 22, 2016
Priority Feb. 1, 2016 Feb. 19, 2016 March 5, 2016 March 18, 2016
Late April 1, 2016 April 22, 2016 May 7, 2016 May 20, 2016

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 Guide

Use the testing guide to determine the required tests for the content area or grade level in which you would like to be licensed. If you have already passed the TAP and/or your Content Area tests, submit your scores as part of the online application.


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. We strongly recommend that you create a video to let us “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.