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“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

UChicago UTEP is a highly selective, two-year Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. Applicants must have college transcripts that reflect coursework in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and sciences, and show evidence of strong reading, critical thinking, and writing skills. Typically, applicants have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

We also seek candidates who are committed to teaching in under-resourced, urban communities and dedicated to working toward educational equity. We are especially interested in applicants who have experience working with youth from urban communities and who demonstrate persistence, curiosity, and the capacity to lead. The application window for fall 2020 enrollment has been briefly reopened on a rolling basis until August 1 to provide more potential changemakers who have been inspired by recent events with the opportunity to make an impact.


Application Process

There are three steps in the application process:

Step 1: Submit a completed application

Submit the UChicago Urban Teacher Education Program’s online application. There is a $50 application fee.

Step 2: Submit your transcripts

You may upload unofficial transcripts as you complete the online application, but official transcripts from all colleges and/or universities you have attended must also be submitted by mail or electronically upon extension of an admission offer.

Step 3: Three letters of recommendation

For letters of recommendation, consider using at least one academic and one professional reference. (If you are a City Year, Americorps, or Breakthrough Collaborative alumni, one of your letters should be from your career manager).

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As a country, we are collectively recognizing that it is more important than ever to align our actions with our values to be the change we want to see in the world. And, most importantly, we have been inspired. To provide more potential changemakers with the opportunity to make an impact, UChicago UTEP is reopening its application window on a rolling basis until August 1. If you have been inspired by current events to dedicate yourself and your career path to advancing equity, we encourage you to take advantage of UTEP’s reopened application period by August 1. If you have any questions about the program or application, please contact our Recruiter and Admissions Coordinator Diane Wright at dianenew@uchicago.edu.

If you are accepted, but wish to defer your start date, you must submit a brief narrative explaining your reason for
deferring and an additional $250 deferral deposit, to be credited to your tuition along with your $250 tuition
deposit upon matriculation. Because of the sequential nature of the coursework and clinical experiences, students
may only enter the program in September.

Meet Us

Information sessions about the UChicago Urban Teacher Education Program are held on the University of Chicago campus in the autumn and winter quarters. We also attend graduate fairs across the country throughout the year. You can learn more about how to schedule a visit to campus here. You can also learn more about our upcoming information sessions and graduate fairs below.