Graduate students who complete the South Cook Teacher Residency Program will earn Illinois teacher licensure and an MA degree in Elementary Education from Roosevelt University. This innovative, two-year program features a two year residency experience as a teacher of record and a reduced tuition rate that remains fixed over the two-year period of study. To meet the needs of working adults, courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters, with courses offered face-to-face at South Cook ISC and online.

To earn admission, employees at eligible districts must have a BA or BS degree from an accredited college or university, at least a 2.7 overall GPA, and a recommendation for admission from their principal or an authorized district representative.

Click here to receive more information about the program and to start an undergraduate transcript review prior to the Winter 2021 semester.

Roosevelt’s individualized coaching framework immediately provides each South Cook teacher resident with faculty mentors who coach them through increasingly complex field and clinical experiences. In addition, a school and district mentor provides other coaching and support. In October 2020, the South Cook Intermediate Service Center, in collaboration with Roosevelt, was awarded a Teacher Residency Planning Grant from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to design the unique two year residency program.

April 1, 2021 is the deadline for applications for admission to join the first cohort of South Cook teacher residents. Seize your opportunity and apply now for this innovative, graduate-level, Elementary Education teacher licensure program.

As part of the ISBE grant, Roosevelt also will offer courses leading to endorsements in Bilingual/ESL and special education (LBS1) to licensed teachers working in the school districts served by the South Cook Intermediate Service Center. These courses feature a special, non-degree tuition rate and will be offered online in Spring 2021 and face-to-face in Summer 2021.

Interested South Cook County teachers should complete our application form. You must complete this application form to enroll in all courses and programs.

Teachers seeking only an endorsement should complete the non-degree application to enroll as a student-at-large.

For more information about the South Cook Teacher Residency Program and the possibility of taking endorsement courses, contact Laura Lag, Assistant Dean for Graduate Admission, at or (312) 853-4753.