The Noble Network of Charter Schools

Special Education MAT Program

Teaching Chicago, Illinois


Be Noble. Earn your Special Education Master of Arts in Teaching at Noble.

Noble is Chicago’s highest-performing and largest network of public charter high schools. Our 18 schools and 1,300 employees currently serve over 12,300 students, 98% of whom are minority, 89% low-income, and 83% first-generation college goers. The School Quality and Rating Policy scores for the Chicago Public Schools rated Noble campuses as ten of the top fifteen public high schools in the city. 18% of our student body has an IEP, representing over 2,000 of our students, over 75% of whom are admitted to four-year universities. We believe our people are the most valuable asset in preparing all our students, including our diverse learners, to be successful in college and lead exemplary lives. For that reason, we are committed to investing in and developing individuals who want to be the best educators for our students with learning disabilities.

Who We’re Seeking

We want individuals motivated by ensuring the success of all of their diverse learners to join our Special Education team for the 2019-2020 academic year through a unique pathway. Special Education at Noble offers individualized and comprehensive support for our students who need it most. Our Special Educators believe that anyone, regardless of different ability levels, can be successful in post-secondary pursuits. Noble Learning Specialists provide individualized opportunities for students to make academic, behavioral, and social-emotional gains. As a Special Educator at Noble, you become your students’ champion and advocate, spearheading the collaboration among the different stakeholders in their education.

Program Overview

Noble is committed to investing in and developing our educators who want to serve our highest need students. For this reason, Noble is partnering with the Relay Graduate School of Education to give participants the opportunity to earn state licensure and a Master of Arts in Teaching in just two years. Participants will serve as full-time special education instructors at a Noble campus and will undergo professional development in this high-needs area though a dynamic graduate program. Grounded in the practices of successful teachers and schools, this Master’s program combines online and in-person learning, with 40% of the coursework completed online and class directed by a veteran specialist 2-4 times per month. The special education curriculum provides a foundation in all disabilities, with a specific focus on developing your expertise for learning disabilities and high-incidence behavioral needs. You’ll also learn how to advocate on behalf of your students to ensure that they receive the services and support they deserve. At the end of the two year program, you will graduate with your Master of Arts in Teaching and your Illinois teaching license with an LBS1 endorsement. 

Program Requirements

  • Admittance and enrollment into Relay GSE
  • Passing all required state exams (Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), Learning Behavior Specialist 1, and Special Education General Curriculum)
  • A Bachelor’s degree by June 2019
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of a 3.0
  • No current Illinois teaching license
  • Eligibility to work in the United States on a full-time basis
Program Benefits
  • Stipends throughout your two-year program to fully cover tuition costs
  • Full salary and benefits
  • Full reimbursement of testing costs
  • Guidance in the application and testing process
  • Skill development in a highly desirable specialization that is transferable to any school setting
  • A Master’s degree from an accredited national nonprofit institution of higher education
  • An Illinois teaching license with an LBS1 endorsement
At Noble, we have one mission: to be a catalyst for educational equity in the city of Chicago that empowers students with the scholarship, discipline, and honor necessary to succeed in college and lead exemplary lives. We know that we only fulfill this mission if we are the best place for a diverse mix of driven, reflective, and innovative educators to come, stay, and do their best work nurturing college-ready students. That is why Noble is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, making all employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other characteristic or classification protected by law.

Be Noble. Join our Mission today!