Annual Salary

$33,764

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Master's Degree

Dominican (IL); University of Phoenix (IN)

Certification

Two years

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Certification Information

While the requirements to become an Illinois or Indiana teacher are rigorous, the majority of Chicago corps members end their two-year commitment as certified teachers. Corps members must pass the Test of Academic Proficiency and the appropriate content tests for the state in which they’re teaching.  Special education and bilingual teachers are required to take additional tests. Corps members must also enroll in an alternative certification program with one of our partner universitiesDominican University, National Louis University, or University of Phoenixin order to be qualified to teach. Corps members are pre-assigned to their university partner based on subject and grade placement.

In Chicago and in Northwest Indiana, most corps members receive the state’s Provisional Certificate after their first year and the Initial Certificate after their second year, provided they have fulfilled all coursework, processing, and testing requirements.

Most subject areas will cost about $10,035 over one year, but special education coursework will cost about $18,000 over two years due to state regulations.

Common Certification Questions

How is teaching certification structured in this state/region? 
In Chicago and in Northwest Indiana, most corps members receive the state’s Provisional Certificate after their first year and the Initial Certificate after their second year, provided they have fulfilled all coursework, processing, and testing requirements.
Most subject areas will cost about $10,035 over one year, but special education coursework will cost about $18,000 over two years due to state regulations.

Is it possible to complete a master's degree at the end of the two years? 
Yes

Is a master's degree required? 
No

Partner Universities 
Dominican University, National-Louis University, and University of Phoenix (Optional two year program)

How is Chicago's summer training program different than other regions?
Chicago corps members do not attend a traditional institute during their first summer. Instead, they engage in a summer training program designed and lead by the Chicago regional staff.

Chicago corps members should not expect the elements of a traditional institute: training could be longer than five weeks, corps members may not be limited to dorms, the day-to-day schedule will likely be very different, staff support will be different, etc.

Prospective applicants considering ranking Chicago as a highly-preferred region should be prepared to be flexible as decisions are made about the structure of summer training over the course of the winter and spring.