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 & AID
TUITION & FEES: $35,000 ($17,500/year)
TOTAL COST OF CERTIFICATION*: $805-895
RELAY INSTITUTIONAL AID: $16,000
SEGAL AMERICORPS EDUCATION AWARD**: $12,000
STUDENT MAX OUT OF POCKET TUITION COST: $7,000
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.
The Chicago Licensure Highlights Guide
**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 prices of $7,000.
- Chicago Public Schools
- Distinctive Schools
- Great Lakes Academy
- LEARN Charter School Network
- Noble Network of Charter Schools
- ReGeneration Schools
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.
Coursework during the first year is done in a combination of online and in-person work, including:
- A one-week summer session before the first year of the program;
- A one- or two-week summer session between the first and second years of the program (differing based on major);
- Approximately two weeknight in-person sessions each month for core instruction;
- Approximately two weeknight online sessions each month for instruction specific to grade levels and subjects;
- Occasional Saturday in-person sessions for Special Educators; and
- During the first year, a weekly 3 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. In the second year, graduate students can expect to have in-person sessions 2-4 weeknights per month, online sessions 2 weeknights per month, and occasional Saturday sessions for licensure support.
RELAY CHICAGO aDMISSIONS & licensure REQUIREMENTS
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.
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 undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, or conferred graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- 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. Review our Testing Guide for more details.
These regulations are requirements of the Illinois State Board of Education for alternative licensure candidates and Relay does not have any flexibility.
Chicago Licensure Highlights for CO2021
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 Residency or M.A.T. program.
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