UChicago UTEP’s four-quarter residency blends coursework in pedagogy with hands-on, in-classroom preparation. It is only open to candidates who successfully complete the first-year Foundations of Education sequence.
Summer 1: Residents are assistant teachers in two-week summer school programs. Alongside this experience, students take pedagogy and content-area courses specific to their certification pathway.
Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters (August to June): Residents are pre-service teachers in two, half-year placements: one at a University of Chicago Charter School campus and one at another neighborhood public school in Chicago. Residents work four to five days a week alongside their clinical instructors—carefully selected master teachers—where they observe, enact, and assess the instructional practices learned in their content-area coursework. A year-long seminar in professional teaching provides space for residents to learn about pedagogy, analyze methods that promote classroom community and management, and engage in shared reflection with their residency intstructors and fellow cohort members. At the end of the academic year, residents take over all aspects of the classroom, assuming responsibility for teaching, assessment, and evaluation of students.
Residents complete subject-area coursework and participate in a Transition to Teaching seminar that focuses on final preparations for entry into Chicago Public Schools. The seminar, which is co-taught by UChicago UTEP induction coaches, also provides opportunities for residents to meet and speak with principals and other school leadership.