The Urban Teacher Education Program is a five-year experience that integrates rigorous academic and methods coursework with ongoing teaching experiences that broaden in scope as candidates progress through the two-year MAT program. Learning continues for alumni working in Chicago Public Schools with an array of post-graduation supports.
The University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies awards UChicago UTEP graduates the MAT degree.
Year 1: Foundations Year. Candidates take a three-quarter Foundations of Education sequence as full-time graduate students. Some first-year candidates take additional coursework to fulfill the state's general education and endorsement requirements. Elementary and middle grades candidates also intern in a home classroom. The Foundation of Education sequence integrates four strands: (1) rigorous academic coursework, (2) methods classes, (3) guided fieldwork, and (4) a unique soul strand that explores teacher identity through multiple media. Read more about UChicago UTEP’s foundations year »
Year 2: Residency. Candidates who successfully complete the Foundations of Education sequence are invited to apply to become residents. The four-quarters of residency include: intensive yearlong clinical training/preservice training and a professional teaching seminar complimented by subject-area coursework. Read more about UChicago UTEP’s residency »
Years 3, 4, and 5: Post-Graduation Supports. Alumni working in Chicago Public Schools receive three years of supports, at no charge, that include: in-classroom coaching, alumni workshops, inquiry groups, teacher-leadership training, online professional community, funding to attend educational conferences or other professional development, monthly first-year induction workshops, and specialized coaching. Read more about UChicago UTEP’s post-graduation supports »