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Roosevelt University has worked closely with the Chicago Public Schools since its founding in 1945 as one of the first colleges in the United States to open its doors to students from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Now, Roosevelt has created a unique and groundbreaking partnership to provide endorsement courses and degree programs at special rates for CPS teachers and employees.  

For more information, please contact Ms. Laura Lag, Assistant Dean of Student Services, at 312-853-4753 or

Roosevelt's Partnership Empowers All CPS Employees

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Earn Endorsements in Special Education and Bilingual/ESL Education

Effective until December 31, 2018, Roosevelt will waive all fees and provide CPS teachers with a 57% tuition reduction on courses that count toward the LBS I and Bilingual endorsements. CPS teachers pay a total of only $360 per credit hour for each course. The total cost of the LBS1 endorsement is $3,960 for 11 credit hours.  The total cost of the Bilingual endorsement is $6,480 for 18 credit hours. 

Get more information on the LBS I and Bilingual endorsements, or apply now for admission.

Earn an MA

Our partnership allows CPS teachers to apply their LBS1 and Bilingual/ESL endorsement courses toward a Master of Arts degree in the following areas, reducing the already low costs of these online and blended graduate degrees by 9-14%.

Teaching and Learning

The Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning (TLRN) prepares licensed teachers to become more effective and democratic classroom instructors and leaders. Upon completion of the online program, candidates will be eligible to add an endorsement to their Illinois teaching license and they will have a deeper understanding of the expectations embedded in the CPS Framework for Teaching and other teacher evaluation frameworks.

Second Language Special Education

The Master of Arts in Second Language Special Education (SLSE) prepares licensed teachers to effectively instruct English Language Learners and students with special needs. Upon completion of the online and blended program, candidates will be eligible to add both the Bilingual/ESL and LBS1 endorsements to their Illinois teaching licenses.


The Master of Arts in Reading (READ) prepares licensed teachers to become effective and democratic leaders in language and literacy learning. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be eligible to add either the reading specialist, reading teacher, or bilingual/ESL endorsement to their Illinois teaching licenses.

Become a Leader

Our partnership waives all application and enrollment fees for CPS teachers who enroll in our principal and teacher leader endorsement programs.

Dual Language Teacher Leadership

The MA degree in Dual Language Teacher Leadership (DLTL) prepares teachers to teach, and lead, in dual language programs and schools. Offered in a unique summer residency format, the program leads to the bilingual/ESL and teacher leader endorsements. Thanks to a National Professional Development grant, CPS teachers are eligible for a scholarship equal to 60% of the tuition costs for this program.

Instructional Leadership

The MA degree in Instructional Leadership (ILED) is an off-campus program that prepares teachers to become principals and teacher leaders. A strong partnership with current CPS principals and leaders ensures that the curriculum stays relevant to the needs of diverse teachers and learners.

Undergrad Degree Support

CPS employees who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree also can receive special assistance finding the right program and support for their degree completion as working adults. For more information, contact Laura Lag at or 312-341-4753.

Fall 2017 Courses

In Fall 2017, Roosevelt will offer online but also some face-to-face courses for CPS teachers who want to complete ESL/bilingual and LBS I endorsements. A blended online and face-to-face ESL/bilingual cohort program also will be offered at Washington High School, 3535 E 114th St., in Chicago.  The cohort begins on October 23, 2017. Contact Ms. Laura Lag, Assistant Dean of Student Services, at 312-853-4753 or for more information about all of our courses and cohort programs.

Chicago Teachers Union Foundation – Quest Center Cohort

In collaboration with the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation – Quest Center, Roosevelt is recruiting a cohort of CPS teachers to earn the Bilingual or English as a Second Language endorsement through enrollment in six courses, the first of which begins on January 20, 2018.  Click here to learn more about the program, or contact Ms. Laura Lag, Assistant Dean of Student Services, at 312-853-4753 or

How to Earn Admission

To apply for admission, complete our application form. You must complete this application form to enroll in our LBS I and Bilingual/ESL endorsement courses. Degree seeking students will receive further information once they complete this form.

How to Pay for Your Courses

CPS teachers can pay their tuition in full, create a four month payment plan, or make arrangements for their school to pay. Payment arrangements are required to secure your enrollment in the cohort and should be made immediately after you are registered for your courses. See more about payment options.