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Subjects And Grade Levels

  • Bilingual
  • Early Childhood Elementary
  • Elementary
  • Middle School English
  • Middle School Math
  • Middle School Science
  • Secondary Biology
  • Secondary Chemistry
  • Secondary English
  • Secondary Math
  • Spanish
  • Special Education (K-12)

Cost Of Living


Salaries range from $38,000 to $42,500.




Dominican University (IL),
Relay Graduate School of Education (IL),
Calumet College (IN)



Two years

Regional Expenses

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What's Left Over
Ongoing Certification Costs
You may be able to offset ongoing certification costs with an AmeriCorps education award. Learn more.
One Time Summer Start Up Costs
Estimated Start Up and Certification Costs

Certification Information

Common Certification Questions

In Chicago, most corps members receive the state’s Educator License with Stipulations (ELS) during their first year, and then elevate to the Professional Educator License (PEL) before their second year, provided they have fulfilled all coursework, processing, and testing requirements.

In Northwest Indiana, most corps members receive the state’s Transition to Teach license during their first year, which is valid for three years (and renewable), provided they have fulfilled coursework, processing, and testing requirements.

All subject areas can cost up to $18,500 over two years before the possible AmeriCorps education award, so corps members should be prepared to invest that much in certification cost. However, tuition is lower in Indiana based on the different state coursework requirements.

Yes. All corps members are required to complete a master’s degree in order to receive their license.

Yes. We partner with Dominican University (IL), Relay Graduate School of Education (IL) and Calumet College (IN).


Chicago-Northwest Indiana corps members do not attend a traditional institute during their first summer. Instead, they engage in a summer training program designed and lead by the Chicago-Northwest Indiana regional staff. Chicago-Northwest Indiana corps members should not expect the elements of a traditional institute: training could be longer than five weeks, corps members may not be limited to dorms, the day-to-day schedule will likely be very different, staff support will be different, etc. Prospective applicants considering ranking Chicago-Northwest Indiana as a highly-preferred region should be prepared to be flexible as decisions are made about the structure of summer training over the course of the winter and spring.