Starting in Summer 2019, Roosevelt will offer an urban, job embedded, post-baccalaureate teacher preparation program designed specifically for paraprofessionals, career changers, and recent college graduates who are committed to teaching in grades 1 through 6 in the city of Chicago. This innovative, two-year program features an affordable tuition rate of $500 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, called Roosevelt JET Prep, will be offered in collaboration with the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation – Quest Center, Grow Your Own Illinois, and the Chicago Public Schools. National Board-certified teachers trained by the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation – Quest Center will serve as mentors and instructors in the program, and field and clinical placements will be organized with support from the Chicago Public Schools. Grow Your Own Illinois will provide financial assistance and academic support to qualified students who come from diverse backgrounds and/or who demonstrate a commitment to working in underserved Chicago schools after program completion.

Roosevelt JET PREP provides options for enhanced teaching and learning

Roosevelt JET Prep’s unique design enables students to earn highly needed endorsements in bilingual and ESL education, special education (LBS 1), and reading 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 teacher licensure program.  An MA degree in Elementary Education can be earned by the end of the program, or during the first year of full-time teaching after completion.

Roosevelt’s individualized coaching framework provides each student with a faculty mentor and places students in partnership schools for increasingly complex field experiences leading to student teaching. Students enter the fifteen-week 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.