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Dean Mindy Sjoblom works with graduate students
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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.

Relay Chicago will be relocating to a new campus facility in the Pilsen neighborhood in 2020.




RESIDENT SALARY RANGE: $30,000 – $40,000
(varies by school partner and role)


Relay Teaching Residency
Master of Arts in Teaching

To review program-specific admissions requirements for this campus, click here.
To review requirements for certification programs at this campus, click here.


Refer to the Chicago Candidate Guide for comprehensive information about enrolling for the 2020-21 school year. 


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 content exams, before 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.

Refer to the Chicago Licensure Eligibility Requirements article for additional information about eligibility.

Additionally, each year Relay Chicago updates its Licensure Handbook with detailed instructions and timelines. Information for 2020-21 will be available in early 2020.


Special Education
Dean Mindy Sjoblom

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