Golden Apple Accelerators of Illinois

Golden Apple Accelerators of Illinois
The Golden Apple Accelerators of Illinois is a teacher residency program that identifies college seniors not currently on a teaching path and career changers who are college graduates, who have the promise and drive to be excellent teachers in hard-to-staff content or expertise areas. Golden Apple Accelerators commit to teaching at least four years at a school-of-need in targeted communities in south, central, or western Illinois.

Golden Apple Accelerators Receive:

● Coursework and credits that will lead to a teaching license
● Up to a $25,000 stipend to apply to coursework that leads to licensure
● Classroom teaching experience with a Mentor Teacher
● Teaching placement in a targeted community, most likely where the residency occurred
● Ongoing mentorship and support from Golden Apple award-winning educators


● Senior in college or holder of a bachelor’s degree from an Institution of Higher Education;
● U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (DACA recipients) and resident of southern, central, or western Illinois;
● Earning or holding a degree with a major or minor that will allow for teacher licensure in an area of need;
● Acceptance into Institution of Higher Education partner:

Up to $25,000