Global Gateway for Teachers

Urban Program

Spend 16 weeks as a student teacher in the Chicago Public Schools. This unique program gives you the opportunity to teach in the third-largest school district in the United States. You'll work with teachers who are committed to urban education, to social justice, and to closing the achievement gap.

You'll also live in the same communities as your students, developing a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the cultural and socioeconomic factors that affect student performance. 

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  • What You'll Teach

    You can expect to teach classes in your licensing areas (elementary education, secondary mathematics, visual arts, etc.).

  • Eligibility Requirements

    Participants must meet all the School of Education’s eligibility requirements for student teaching, which include:
      • GPA requirements for your licensure area
      • Completion of all professional course work toward your degree
      • For foreign-language majors, a passing score on the Foreign Language Proficiency exam (usually taken at the end of your junior year)

  • What It Costs

    Students will be responsible for their regular IU tuition, as well as fees related to student teaching and practicum coursework. Students are also responsible for travel and living expenses during their stay.

    Because this is a cultural immersion project—not just an out-of-state student teaching experience—participants are expected to live in the same neighborhood where they teach, even if they have family living in other areas of Chicago. Our Chicago-based collaborators will help you secure a short-term lease near the school where you are assigned to teach.

    Financial aid is available for students who want to take part in the Urban Program. See scholarship opportunities for Global Gateway participants »