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 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.
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Dean Mindy Sjoblom
As the founding dean of Relay Chicago, Mindy Sjoblom is Relay's lead instructor in the Windy City. A Chicago native and career educator, Sjoblom is uniquely qualified to train novice teachers to lead their students to life changing academic achievement. Before joining the Relay faculty as dean fellow in 2013, Sjoblom served as director of curriculum and instruction, then as principal, of Rauner College Prep, part of the Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago. While she was principal, Sjoblom’s students earned the highest average ACT scores in the school’s history, and the third highest of all non-selective high schools in the city. Before that, she served as founding humanities teacher at the Crossroads School in Baltimore. She is an alumna of Teach For America (Baltimore ’00). Sjoblom 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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