Aurora University

Teacher Residency Program

Why pursue a Professional Educators License (PEL) with Elementary Education Endorsement through AU Woodstock Center?

This program provides a pathway for aspiring educators who hold a bachelor’s degree in another field through a unique collaboration between AU Woodstock Center and Woodstock Community Unit School District 200. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)-funded program allows candidates to participate in a paid, year-long residency with a mentor teacher while completing coursework leading to a PEL with an Elementary Education Endorsement (Grades 1-6).

Program quick facts
  • Program length: 12-month, full-time program beginning in May 2021 with 38 semester hours of coursework.
  • Program costs: Residents receive discounted tuition and a $14,000 stipend with limited benefits during the teacher residency year.

Program structure

  • Summer Term: Residents will complete coursework and participate in professional development opportunities during the day.
  • Fall and Spring Terms: Residents will gain classroom experience Monday-Thursday while attending classes one or two nights per week. There will also be workshops, study session, and observation opportunities available on Fridays. 

Career opportunities

By successfully completing the Teacher Residency Program, you will receive priority consideration for available full-time teaching positions in District 200 for the 2022-2023 school year.

Prepare for your future

This program immerses you in a combination of coursework, classroom teaching experience, embedded coaching, and continuous professional development to prepare you to teach in an Illinois public school setting.