The Teacher Residency Program pairs a rigorous, full-year classroom apprenticeship with higher-education coursework in one of the following tracks: Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Bilingual Education, Dance, and Science Technology, Engineering, and Math. Residents receive a Mentor who provides support to bridge the gap between theory and practice throughout the residency. Residents are staffed into a full-time role in CPS while completing undergraduate or graduate degree coursework and teacher training. Upon completion of the program, residents are guaranteed a teaching position in a CPS school, and spend the first year of teaching completing their program coursework.

Eligibility: Candidates cannot currently hold any Illinois state issued teaching license (excluding paraprofessional or substitute teaching licenses), must have an Associate's degree OR 42 college credit hours from a regionally accredited institution, and at least a 2.7 GPA (2.5 admissions on a conditional basis with extensive candidate review).

Competency Alignment

Strategizes and drives for results to maximize impact: Residents complete an immersive training program working with an experienced Mentor teacher to build and strengthen strategies for planning, instruction, assessment and relationship building. Ultimately Residents emerge as first-year career teachers who are prepared to lead their own classroom.