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Top recent college graduates who received their bachelor’s degree in spring 2009 or later, who have shown leadership in college and who are committed to becoming leaders in urban education are invited to apply to Inner-City Teaching Corps (ICTC).


Contact us for more information about Inner-City Teaching Corps Recent College Graduates.

You will be joining an elite, two-year program that combines an intensive alternative teaching certification program with in-classroom experience and personalized support coaching from master teachers.

ICTC teachers are leading the charge to close the achievement gap. They have gone on to become school founders, principals, and district executives and have won distinguished awards and honors in education, including: Golden Apple, Kohl-McCormick, Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching, and the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Heart of the School Award.

The ICTC Experience for Recent Graduates

You will begin your experience in ICTC with a summer of coursework at the #7 nationally ranked Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy. Throughout the summer, you will work with ICTC to obtain a teaching position in one of Chicago’s high-need traditional or charter public schools. Corps members will be certified to teach self-contained kindergarten through eighth grade. While corps members are responsible for securing their own teaching positions, they are able to leverage ICTC’s reputation and strong school partnerships as well as receive assistance with résumé and interview preparation. Over your two years with ICTC, you will receive top-notch support from ICTC’s expert coaches including observation, modeling and feedback, all designed to give you the tools to drive high student achievement.

Program Considerations

  • After they begin school-year teaching, corps members earn a salary as agreed upon with their placement school. ICTC does not make any deductions from salary. While traditional and charter public school salaries tend to be comparable, they do vary. Corps members teaching in traditional and charter public schools can expect to earn a salary between $35,000 to $50,000 during their first year of teaching. The 2011-2012 starting salary for first year Archdiocese of Chicago teachers is approximately $27,300. Additional compensation may be offered for advanced degrees
  • For the 2012-2013 school year Northwestern University tuition is projected to be $12,750. ICTC is an AmeriCorps Education Award program; as such ICTC corps members are eligible for AmeriCorps Education Awards to help with paying tution and/or other education-related expenses. One person may only receive two full-time Awards in his/her lifetime. Funding for AmeriCorps Education Awards is contingent upon annual federal funding. If funding for AmeriCorps is approved, corps members will receive an award to assist with paying tuition costs. In addition, ICTC program costs are $2,500
  • Corps members are responsible for their own living expenses and transportation
  • ICTC is an AmeriCorps Education Award Program, contingent upon annual federal funding
  • Forbearance or deferment of students loans may be possible (contact your recruiter and your loan company for more details)

Post-Program Leadership Development Opportunities

The Alain Locke Initiative is committed to ongoing leadership development of ICTC alumni, rising star teachers ready to propel their leadership trajectory, through early-career professional development to increase their impact in the classroom. Additional leadership and development opportunities after ICTC program completion include:

  • Ability to complete a Master of Science in Education degree through ICTC’s partnership with Northwestern University
  • Opportunity to potentially join the future pipeline of applicants to The Ryan Fellowship

If you have any questions, please contact our recruitment team.