Relay Teaching Residency: Chicago

The Relay Teaching Residency: Chicago is a two-year program that includes a gradual on-ramp year, a master’s degree, and recommendation for a Professional Educator License (for eligible applicants). Relay Chicago offers qualified applicants support finding a local PK-12 school position through the Residency School Placement program.


TUITION & FEES: $35,000 ($17,500/year)

Students may qualify for additional institutional aid and federal aid toward total out of pocket tuition expense. Payment Plans also available. Please contact Student Financial Services with any questions or for more information.

*The cost of licensure exams is determined by the State of Illinois. Download the Chicago Licensure Highlights Guide for an overview of licensure requirements and costs.

*The Relay Teaching Residency is an AmeriCorps program. Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards further reduces the out-of-pocket cost of tuition for Residents. All Residents are expected to apply for AmeriCorps, regardless of prior AmeriCorps service. Residents must submit all paperwork to be eligible for the discounted tuition price of $6,500.


    • Chicago Public Schools
    • Noble Network of Charter Schools
    • ReGeneration Schools
    • KIPP Chicago
    • LEARN
    • Great Lakes Academy
    • Chicago Collegiate
    • Distinctive Schools
    • Rowe Elementary

    Available Majors

    Middle Grades Mathematics (Grades 5-8)
    Secondary Mathematics (Grades 9-12)
    Middle Grades General Science (Grades 5-8)
    Secondary Science — Biology (Grades 9-12)
    Secondary Science — Chemistry (Grades 9-12)
    Middle Grades Social Science (Grades 5-8)
    Secondary Social Science — History (Grades 9-12)
    Middle Grades Language Arts (Grades 5-8)
    Secondary English/Language Arts (Grades 9-12)
    Elementary Education (Grades 1-6)
    Special Education (Grades PK-Age 21)


    The Relay Teaching Residency is a 36 credit hour program. Relay’s academic calendar and program structure are designed to accommodate the demanding schedules of graduate students who hold full-time positions in schools. We deliver about 40% of the content online and 60% in person so that graduate students have flexibility to complete large portions of the coursework when it is most convenient for their schedules.


    In addition to online coursework, teachers will attend regular in-person sessions, including:

    • A two-week summer session before the first year of the program;
    • A two-week summer session between the first and second years of the program;
    • Two weeknight sessions each month, for core instruction;
    • One Saturday session each month for instruction specific to grade levels and subjects; and
    • During the first year, a weekly 3-4 hour deliberate practice session with Relay faculty in which residents have additional time to rehearse core techniques they are learning in the program.

    Relay has three terms each year (summer, fall, and spring). The school year schedule in year 2 of the program differs slightly depending on program major. Graduate students can expect to have in-person sessions 2-4 weeknights per month and 1-2 Saturdays per month in the second year.


    In addition to the standard Relay Teaching Residency admissions and licensure requirements, participants in the Relay Teaching Residency: Chicago program must meet the following campus-specific admissions and licensure requirements.

    Chicago Admissions

    In order to be admitted to Relay Chicago, the state of Illinois requires that you hold an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants can search the College Source Online database to determine if their institution is regionally accredited.

     Applicants must have secured a full-time classroom position at a Chicago-area partner school by the time they begin the program. If employment is terminated at any point, graduate students have one month to regain employment as a PK-12 teacher before they are at risk of being administratively withdrawn from the program.

     Chicago Licensure Requirements

    Relay offers an IL teaching licensure track for all graduate students who meet the IL state eligibility requirements upon enrolling at Relay. Graduate students who meet the IL state eligibility requirements for licensure will receive an Educator License with Stipulations (ELS) at the beginning of the program and a Professional Educator License (PEL) upon graduating.


    • Cannot already hold an IL teaching license (paraprofessional or substitute licenses are okay)
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (either conferred bachelor’s GPA or conferred graduate GPA)
    • A major (or 32 credit hour equivalency) in the area seeking licensure or in a core content area or social science for Special Education or Elementary Education
    • Pass all required state licensure exams, including the ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency and all content exams, by the program start date

     These regulations are requirements of the Illinois State Board of Education for alternative licensure candidates and Relay does not have any flexibility.

     Download the Chicago Licensure Highlights Guide for information about licensure requirements and a timeline of key milestones.

     Please note that licensure steps occur prior to admission, during the program, and upon completion of the program. This information is important! Failure to pass licensure exams and meet other licensure criteria may result in loss of your teaching position and/or removal from the Chicago M.A.T. program.

    Contact Information


    Relay Chicago
    2911 W. 47th Street
    Chicago, IL 60632

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