Starting in Fall 2020, Roosevelt will offer an urban, job embedded, post-baccalaureate teacher preparation program designed specifically for paraprofessionals, teaching assistants, full-time subs, and other individuals who are employed in school districts served by the South Cook Intermediate Service Center. This innovative, two-year program--called Roosevelt JET Prep–features an affordable tuition rate of $515 per credit hour that will not increase over the two-year period of study. To meet the needs of working adults, core courses in the program will be delivered face-to-face in the summer semester and online in the fall and spring semesters. 

The new program  will be offered in collaboration with the South Cook Intermediate Service Center  Roosevelt and school district personnel in the South Cook area will serve as mentors and instructors in the program, and field and clinical placements will take place in South Cook schools.  Admitted students will be able to remain in their jobs as paraprofessionals, teaching assistants, and full-time subs as they complete the program. A one-year student teaching experience is planned for the second year of study in the program.


Roosevelt JET Prep’s unique design enables students to earn highly needed endorsements in bilingual and ESL education and special education (LBS 1) by the end of the program. Students can select which endorsement to earn, or can choose to add on an endorsement after the completion of the degree and the teacher licensure program.  

Roosevelt’s individualized coaching framework provides each student with a faculty mentor who guides students through increasingly complex field experiences leading to student teaching. Students will enter the one year student teaching experience with a firm grasp of the instructional skills and practices needed for licensure, degree completion and career success with diverse student populations.

Seize your opportunity and apply now for this innovative teacher licensure program. Or, for more information, contact Laura Lag, assistant dean for graduate admission, at or (312) 853-4753.