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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.


Application Process

There are three steps in the application process:

Step 1: Submit Test Score

Submit a Composite ACT Plus Writing Score or Composite SAT (including writing subtest) Score OR pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP 400) offered by the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS).

Step 2: Submit the Online Application

Submit the UChicago Urban Teacher Education Program’s online application. 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). 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: Interview

If your application meets our criteria, you will be invited to the University of Chicago for an in-person visit. During this visit, you will:

  • Participate in an interview with a panel of UChicago Urban Teacher Education Program faculty and staff
  • Teach a demonstration lesson with reflection time
  • Take part in a small group problem-solving activity and presentation
  • Sit in on classes, tour campus, and/or meet with current students and alumni

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The final application deadline for the Fall 2019 enrollment period has been extended to August 31, 2019 on a rolling basis. The application will close at that time or whenever space is no longer available, whichever happens first.

If you are invited to interview and have not yet submitted the appropriate ACT, SAT, or ICTS / ILTS scores, any subsequent offer of admission will be contingent upon our receipt of those scores.

Notification may include deferring a decision on your application to a subsequent round.

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.

Information Sessions & Graduate Fairs

Oct 23, 2019: 12:00pm
Chapin Hall, Room 245
Nov 13, 2019: 12:00pm
Chapin Hall, Room 245
Nov 20, 2019: 12:00pm
Chapin Hall, Room 245
Jan 8, 2020: 12:00pm
Chapin Hall, Room 245
Jan 22, 2020: 12:00pm
Chapin Hall, Room 245