Elementary Certification

UChicago UTEP’s Elementary certification pathway prepares teacher candidates to provide content-rich, culturally relevant instruction to students in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). It is a five-year experience that includes two years of preparation and three years of post-graduation supports.

Graduates receive Illinois Initial Elementary (03) teaching certification. Students may also earn Illinois elementary/middle school teaching endorsements in language arts, social studies, mathematics, and general science. Endorsements put graduates on track to be designated highly qualified teachers (HQT) in these areas.

Distinctive Program Features

  • A part-time, three-quarter foundations year in which students take a sequence that integrates fieldwork, tutoring, preservice teaching, academic and methods coursework, and a unique "soul strand." Students may enroll as full-time students if they need or wish to take additional coursework to meet general education requirements or qualify for specialized endorsements.
  • A full-time, five-quarter residency year, in which students work alongside carefully selected master CPS teachers who are the program's clinical instructors
  • Internship in a home classroom as a base for trying out teaching practices and completing academic assignments—a school study, child study and teacher study.
  • Three-years of post-graduation supports geared to beginning-teacher needs, including in-classroom coaching, workshops, inquiry groups, and an online community
  • A cohort structure that enables students to complete coursework and fieldwork together, share experiences of their work with children, and support each other’s continued learning through UChicago UTEP’s post-graduation programming