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Location: Chicago, Harper College University Center
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Major

The program is a part of Roosevelt's New Deal Teacher Academy. Each program in the NDTA fulfills the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by fostering inclusive and engaging relationships among teacher candidates, faculty, school practitioners, and learners; immersing teacher candidates intensively in diverse school and community cultures; nurturing social justice leadership skills and dispositions; and coaching candidates toward career success.

Lilibeth Castillo
,  Assistant Dean, Student Support & Licensure Officer

Expectations & Requirements


Teaching is an immensely rewarding profession, but requires a lot of time and effort. Students can expect focused and practical assignments, engaging discussion and small group projects, and intensive, 2 week field experiences in diverse schools and classrooms. During the final semester, students complete a 15 week student teaching experience at a partner school under the guidance of a mentor teacher and a university supervisor.

Sample Courses

  • Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
  • Foundations and Community
  • Integrating Health, the Arts and PE into the Curriculum
  • Strategies and Materials for Teaching Reading, Writing and Language Arts
  • Methods of Teaching Math in the Elementary School


Career Options
100% Pass Rate


Elizabeth Meadows

Years ago, John Dewey wrote that all children are capable and original thinkers and creators of new human knowledge. Too often, youth are seen as empty and in need of being filled with knowledge or as trouble makers – as problems to be solved rather than as problem-solvers. Dewey’s philosophy is that every individual matters to the community and every person needs to be challenged and nurtured for their well-being and that of others.

​Elizabeth Meadows
Associate Professor, Roosevelt University

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