The alternative certification programs CPS works with are geared primarily toward career-changers who teach while taking education coursework at local colleges and universities. The schools also enroll candidates who are not planning to work in Chicago. Here's a snapshot of how each of nine programs works with CPS.
Associated Colleges of Illinois
CPS teachers, 2004-05: 14
Areas of Certification: High school mathematics and science
Training: 36 credit hours of courses, summer student teaching and a teacher residency in a Chicago public school for one year.