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Welcome. The SESAME Program at the University of Chicago offers a variety of mathematics and science content courses that place a strong emphasis on content and the conceptual foundations of the subject, along with strategies and pedagogical techniques for bringing this content to the classroom. Our courses follow the ISBE math and science learning standards. Our goal is to provide knowledgeable teachers who can deliver the subject matter to middle grade students in a highly effective way. Currently, our courses are intended for teachers who are seeking a Subsequent Middle Grade Endorsement.


The requirements for a Middle Grades endorsement depend on what type of PEL an educator currently holds. You can find the list of approved PELs on ISBE’s webpage: If you have the required PEL, then you may participate in the SESAME Program.

In order to obtain an ISBE Middle Grade Subsequent Endorsement in Mathematics or Science through Sesame, you will need 21 semester hours in math or science content and 3 semester hours in the methods of teaching math or science. Our courses are considered graduate-level (500-level), so you know you are receiving quality and stimulating instruction. Our program essentially offers à la carte courses, so you only enroll in as many courses as you need. If you decided to take all of your math or science courses through SESAME, then you will need around eight courses, which is roughly a two-year commitment. Once completed, you must pass an online math or science test given by ISBE before you can submit your transcripts for evaluation and obtain the endorsement.

The SESAME Program runs on a quarter system. The academic year sessions (Autumn, Winter, and Spring) meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. During the summer, the SEASME Program offers a two-week session which meets Monday through Friday during the first half of August and includes a morning and an afternoon schedule. This is a great opportunity to complete two courses within two weeks before the end of summer. The participation fee for each course is $500, and the payment is due three weeks after a course begins (and at the end of the first week during the summer quarter). We also offer payment arrangements.

The SESAME Program is currently accepting registrations for our Winter 2020 quarter. If you are interested, please download the SESAME registration form. Classes meet on Wednesdays, January 8 through March 11 from 5-8pm at the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park.

Click on the links in the left menu to learn more about our program.

Please note: The SESAME Program is not a degree-seeking program, and this credit does not count towards a Masters Degree at the University of Chicago.

Seminars for Endorsement of Science and Mathematics Educators
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