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Teaching Residents

KIPP Chicago is actively hiring despite current movement restrictions. We’ve amended our selection process so it can continue without requiring travel or in-person contact.

The structural obstacles to teacher preparation and licensure are many and disproportionately prevent low-income people of color from becoming teachers. As part of our commitment to serving low-income students and families of color, KIPP Chicago seeks to draw more talented, committed people into the teaching profession through our Teaching Residents role. This is a role for those at the very initial stages of their careers in education. The role is ideal for those who have studied in another field and are looking to make a transition into teaching, those who are in an alternative licensure program like Teach for America, or those who have recently graduated from a teacher preparation program and are looking for their first classroom position.

Teaching Residents

  • Are placed in a single classroom with an experienced mentor teacher who provides daily feedback and coaching. The relationship between the “lead” teacher and the Fellow is fully collaborative — both share responsibilities for delivering whole-group and small-group instruction, lesson planning, and communication with families.
  • Are full members of the KIPP Chicago team and family, participating in all development and staff experiences and receiving the professional and cultural benefits of working alongside our successful team
  • Receive full salary and benefits
  • Are enrolled in a Master of Arts in Teaching program at Relay Graduate School of Education that culminates in a degree and possibly Illinois teacher licensure. Through KIPP Chicago’s partnership with Relay, the cost of the degree is significantly reduced.
  • Remain Residents for one or two years, depending on performance, before being promoted to the position of Classroom Teacher.


Requirements for Teaching Residents:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Passage of all Illinois licensure tests prior to May 1, 2018 (TAP 400 and one content-specific test)
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher (3.0 or higher if pursuing licensure)
  • Undergraduate major in a pure English, Math, Science, or Social Science field (only required if pursuing licensure)
  • Outstanding prior achievements, academic or professional
  • Passion for creating social, political, and economic equity by increasing the number of students of color who graduate from college

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