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Wasbash and Auditorium buildings
Location: Chicago, Schaumburg
Start Term: Fall
Program Type: Master's

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
,  Department Contact

Expectations & Requirements


Teaching is an immensely rewarding profession, but requires a lot of time, commitment 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, Art and PE in the Curriculum
  • Strategies and Materials for Teaching Reading, Writing and Language
  • Methods for Teaching Math in the Elementary School


Career Options
100% Pass Rate


Judith Gouwens

We have recently updated our curriculum to create a better, stronger and more effective elementary teacher education program. Our students will have a field experience every semester that will allow them to demonstrate what they’ve learned in a practical setting, under the mentorship of outstanding licensed teachers. It is the beginning of a new era in teacher preparation.

​Judy Gouwens
​Professor, Elementary Education, Roosevelt University