About Relay Chicago
Relay Chicago currently offers the following programs: Relay Teaching Residency and 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.
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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.
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