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Paul Sally Jr., Director of the SESAME Program
Paul J. Sally, Jr.
1933 - 2013
Founder of SESAME

For preparing to teach the Core Curriculum in Mathematics and for State of Illinois Endorsements in Mathematics and/or Science

Welcome. The SESAME Program at the University of Chicago offers a variety of mathematics and science 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 goal is to provide knowledgeable teachers who can deliver the subject matter to middle grade students in a highly effective way. Anyone may join the program, even if he or she does not have an active teaching position.

Teachers are given letter-grades upon completion of a course. These grades will appear on an official University of Chicago transcript which can be submitted to the Illinois State Board of Education for credit towards an Illinois Middle School Mathematics or Science Endorsement. In addition, SESAME courses can be used for Chicago Public Schools Lane Credit change and State Recertification. This credit does not count towards a Masters Degree at the University of Chicago.

The University of Chicago runs on a quarter system: Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer. Quarters are shorter academic units than semesters and allow us to offer more sessions per year. Students will be in class for the same amount of time as they would be under a semester system. Every one of our graduate level courses equates to 3.33 semester hours.

The academic year sessions (Autumn, Winter, Spring) take place on Wednesday evenings. During the summer we offer a two-week program, Monday through Friday, during the first half of August that includes both a morning and an afternoon session. This opportunity will allow teachers to complete five courses within a year.

If you have questions regarding our SESAME Program, please contact the SESAME Office at

Seminars for Endorsement of Science and Mathematics Educators
5734 S. University Avenue · Chicago, IL 60637 · Phone: (773) 702-7389 · Fax: (773) 702-9787