The Billiken Teacher Corps at Saint Louis University combines service and teaching
to offer a unique opportunity for faith-driven college graduates to have a transformative
impact on Catholic schools in the St. Louis metro area. Participants earn a Master
of Arts in Teaching and complete their Missouri teaching certification while receiving
full tuition remission.
This academic program attracts graduates who possess the compassion to care for those
most in need, a commitment to their communities and the courage to carry out their
convictions. And it's all backed by the rigor of a postgraduate education from Saint
Louis University's School of Education.
At all times, Billiken Teacher Corps teachers take on the mantra of "Teach Me." It
is the student saying to his/her teacher, "Teach Me." It is the teacher saying to
his/her student, "Teach Me." It is all of us saying to Christ our ultimate teacher,
"Teach Me." With this in mind, the program is built on three pillars.
Engage in a full-time teaching experience in an urban Catholic school in St. Louis.
Receive mentoring and support from course instructors, who will guide your development
as a future leader in education.
Develop a deep sense of the challenges present in an urban environment and of the
ways Catholic education can provide a future for young people in need.
Advanced Education from SLU
Earn a master's degree and complete your Missouri teaching certification while receiving
full tuition remission.
Thirty-seven credit hours are required, most of which are taken through intensive
Personal and Spiritual Formation
Live and learn among a community of your peers in the Catholic tradition of service.
Share household responsibilities, participate in community meetings on various topics
including social analysis and interpersonal dynamics, and receive personal mentoring.
Grow your faith through Ignatian spirituality with an annual retreat and an ongoing
Benefits of the Billiken Teacher Corps Program
Completing this academic program requires a dedication to service in the Catholic,
Jesuit Tradition. In recognition of this commitment, SLU offers the following benefits
for graduate students in the Billiken Teacher Corps:
Full tuition remission for a master's-level degree in teacher preparation
Opportunity for federal loan deferment
Nominal rent for a community living experience
Applying to the Billiken Teacher Corps Program
If you are interested in the Billiken Teacher Corp program, apply online to Saint Louis University through the Office of Graduate Admission. Applications
submitted before Jan. 20 will be given priority consideration. Please email Ronny O'Dwyer, S.J., program coordinator, to indicate your interest in Billiken Teacher Corps prior to
Graduate school application - choose the "Masters of Arts in Teaching (Billiken Teacher Corps)” option from the drop
down menu when you are given the program options.
Official GRE scores
One page professional resume
Official undergraduate transcript
Personal goal statement
Four letters of recommendation from each of the following categories: professor, supervisor,
spiritual mentor (chaplain, campus minister, priest, recotr, spiritual director, etc.),
and a friend or roommate.
Essay: Upload your responses in the form of a single document in the section of the graduate
application entitled “Essay Question.” Each essay should not exceed 350 words. Please
use concrete examples from your life to support your responses.
At the end of the document, indicate whether you would prefer to teach elementary,
middle school, high school or have no preference. If you choose elementary, indicate
when you would like to teach kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade,
fourth grade, fifth grade, foreign language, music, art, physical education, or if
you have no preference. If you choose middle or high school, indicate wheter you would
like to teach English, math, social studies, science, foreign language, music, art,
physical education, bussiness/technology, theology or if you have no preference.
How does being a Catholic school teacher in the Billiken Teacher Corps fit into your
life story? What is your “why” that drives you?
What is behind your desire to live in an intentional faith community? What excites
you about community and what do you foresee your limitations to be?
Who is one person or what is one experience that has shaped your spiritual life and
In addition to the items above, you will need to send a 90 second introductory video
about who you are and what inspired you to apply firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A Day in the Life
Juggling teaching, learning and living in community, this is what a typical day might
look like for the members of the Billiken Teacher Corps.
5:15 a.m.: Wake up.
6 a.m.: Leave home, drive to school.
6:45 a.m.: Arrive at school. Prepare the classroom, make photocopies, get everything
ready for the day.
7:30 a.m.: Students start arriving at school. Spend time greeting them as they come
in, then gather in the gymnasium for prayer.
8:15 a.m.: Start school. Teach five or six classes in the day, take one hour to prep
in the middle of the day, assist as a lunch or recess monitor
3:30 p.m.: School ends. Help with after-school programs, spend time with students
who stay late, start to prepare the classroom for tomorrow.
4:20 p.m.: Once a week, attend night class at Saint Louis University.
6:30 p.m.: Gather with other Billiken Teachers to eat dinner as a group.
7:30 p.m.: Spend time in community, watching TV or chatting about the day.
8:30 p.m.: Spend time preparing for school tomorrow. Review your lesson plans, finish
up grading, gather materials.
11 p.m.: Go to sleep, hoping to get enough shut-eye to do it all again tomorrow.