Chicago is a center of opportunity and architectural beauty in the heartland.
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Dean Mindy Sjoblom works with graduate students
Female graduate students listen intently during a session

About Relay Chicago

The third largest city in the U.S. is a center of action. Home to some of the nation’s most iconic landmarks and cultural institutions, Chicago also offers rich opportunities for impact in an extremely diverse city.

Relay Chicago currently offers the following programs: Relay Teaching Residency and Master of Arts in Teaching.





RESIDENT SALARY RANGE: $26,000 – $40,000
(varies by school partner and role)


Relay Teaching Residency
Master of Arts in Teaching



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 information about licensure requirements and a timeline of key milestones.


Special Education
Dean Mindy Sjoblom

Dean Mindy Sjoblom

As founding dean of Relay Chicago, Mindy Sjoblom oversees all aspects of teacher preparation in the Windy City. Before joining Relay, Sjoblom served as director of curriculum and instruction, then as principal, at Rauner College Prep. While she was principal, Sjoblom’s students earned the highest average ACT scores in the school’s history. Before that, she served as founding humanities teacher at the Crossroads School in Baltimore. Sjoblom, an alumna of Teach For America, earned an M.A.T. from Johns Hopkins University; her Certificate of Advanced Study from National Louis University, through the KIPP School Leadership Program; and her B.A. in political science from Butler University.

Chicago Highlights

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The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates the nation's second largest public transportation system – serving the City of Chicago and 40 neighboring communities by rail and bus. Residents living in the city can easily get around without a car. The Loop or “L” is a series of train lines circling downtown that makes getting to and from major tourist attractions a snap. Learn more

Contact Information


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