Student Teach in Chicago!

IWU has partnered with Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) to offer an urban student teaching option for students.

Applications for fall student teaching must be submitted to the Educational Studies Department by January of your Junior year.

Note: Before submitting part one of the application, you must consult with your Educational Studies advisor regarding your essay and short answer responses.

ACM Program Information

Students participating in the ACM Urban Education Program engage in an urban student teaching experience with support and guidance — both inside and outside the classroom — to foster their learning and growth as teachers. Students develop their professional skills as they work alongside mentor teachers in Chicago schools. In the weekly seminar, they connect educational theory to their experiences teaching in the classroom.  The program emphasizes collaborative learning, as students conduct an ongoing and informal discussion with a network of peers who share similar situations in their teaching placements. 

For information about the program, please see the ACM Urban Education webpageprogram brochure, and student handbook.

Application Instructions

All application materials must be submitted to the Educational Studies Department by January of your Junior year. You may complete part one of the application on-line, but then must print the completed application, and submit with part two materials.

You will be required to obtain references and signatures. Please allow ample time for faculty to complete evaluation forms.  Contact your references as soon as possible.

Step 1:

Go to the ACM application page and set up an account to begin part one of the application. 

Select Urban Education: Student Teaching in Chicago. Elementary and Secondary candidates must select fall student teaching. Music Education students may student teach in fall or spring and should consult with Professor Thies.

Be prepared to complete the required essay and short answer questions and to indicate two faculty references.Consult with your advisor regarding the essays and short answers before finalizing and submitting.

Review the application and submit. Print a copy of your application, which must be submitted to the Educational Studies office.

Step 2:

Obtain recommendations and signatures.

Approval and Required Signature form. Print your name, college, date, and sign where indicated. 
Academic/Program Approval: Jen Crider, CLA 318
Disciplinary Approval: Darcy Greder, Dean of Students office, Holmes 103M

Academic Recommendation form. You must obtain two recommendations. Faculty members may complete the recommendation online, give the completed recommendation to you, or they may send the recommendation to Moreena Tiede in the Educational Studies Department (CLA 347). If the recommendation is completed on-line the faculty member must send a copy of the recommendation to Moreena Tiede,, so it may be included in your file.

Student Teaching Recommendation form. This recommendation should be requested from your Education 225, 255, or curriculum course professor.

Step 3

Request an official academic transcript from the registrar's office. Pick up the transcript and include it with your other application materials (submitted to our office).  

Step 4

Submit all materials to the Educational Studies Department.

  • Part one of the application (copy).
  • Two academic recommendations.
  • Student teaching recommendation form.
  • Official transcript.