Have you ever asked yourself one of these questions:
- Do you want to make a difference by serving others and solving complex issues?
- Do you enjoy tutoring, teaching, or working with kids, but don’t know where to begin?
- Do you want to influence education on a large scale, but don’t know if teaching is right for you?
If so, you may want to explore the UChicago Careers in Education Professions program, which prepares students for careers in the diverse and fast-changing education sector. Launched in 2012, the program seeks to continue the University's legacy as a "teacher of teachers" and support students and alumni who are considering careers in education. Each spring, the program invites and selects a cohort of students to engage in specialized preparation to pursue one of many pathways. They include: careers in education policy, research, teaching, and various roles in education technology, non-profit management, and corporate settings.
If you are a student interested in applying for the program, please view the Application Information page. If you are a student or alum looking for resources and opportunities for building a career in education, please visit the Additional Resources page. Resources include listings and links to:
- Teacher placement and residency programs
- Policy, research, administration, and consulting organizations
- Education related University partners including: registered student organizations (RSOs), the Neighborhood Schools Program (NSP), the Committee on Education, and the Urban Education Institute (UEI).
- Graduate schools, scholarships, and other general resources.
Support the Program
UChicago Careers in Education Professions could not succeed without the support of alumni and experienced professionals. If you are an employer, alumnus, or practitioner in the education industry, please consider getting involved in panels, treks, hosting an intern, or donate to the program. If you are interested in any of these opportunities or have ideas of your own, contact Andy Tousignant, Lewis-Sebring Program Director of UChicago Careers in Education Professions, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cohort members meet with the program director for one-on-one career advising every quarter beginning in their 2nd Year. This student centered approach offers students personalized assistance in career exploration and skill development to land internships, full-time jobs, and graduate school acceptances.
Workshops & Guest Speakers
UChicago Careers in Education Professions workshops are held at least three times per academic term and cover a wide variety of current topics and issues in the field of education. Events include talks with leaders, policymakers, and experts in the fields of education.
UChicago Careers in Education Professions offers site visits to many different education organizations including public and private teaching environments, policy think tanks, research institutes, advocacy groups, and non-profits working in education. The treks take the cohort throughout Chicago and to cities like New York, Washington D.C., and the San Francisco Bay Area.
UChicago Careers in Education Professions is committed to offering students valuable internship opportunities across the country. Education organizations that have previously hosted UChicago students for internships include: Chicago Public Schools, Advance Illinois, DC Public Schools, NYC Department of Education, Urban Education Institute, University of Chicago Urban Education Lab, and Stand for Children, among many others.
Many cohort participants supplement their experiential learning through courses in the Education and Society minor. In this classes, students explore how people learn and teach amid the complex relationships forged in diverse communities. The minor spans a broad array of course listings reflecting education’s interdisciplinary field and its myriad contexts including: the schoolhouse, the family, communities, workplaces, and political arenas. Learn more here.
Mentorship Opportunities with University of Chicago Alumni, Faculty and Staff
UChicago Careers in Education Professions also supports students by connecting them with alumni, faculty, and staff in the field who can offer their expertise to students about preparing for a career in education professions and applying to graduate programs. UChicago alumni host treks, hire interns, and serve as wonderful mentors to help students understand career trajectories and the numerous ways to serve in education.
Collaborations with Amherst College and Grinnell College
The University of Chicago has developed a partnership with Amherst College and Grinnell College in order to promote this model of undergraduate education preparation across the country. Collaborative conferences and seminars bring students from these three institutions together to discuss ideas, their particular contexts, and the evolving landscape of education.
Gap Year Support
UChicago Careers in Education Professions supports students who choose to take time between college and their graduate programs in several ways. Students have pursued opportunities related to education including Teach for America or prestigious scholarships. They have researched and held fellowships with think tanks, research organizations, governmental agencies, as well as a Fulbright in Argentina and Post-Bachelor Fellowship at Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
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