Founded in 1886, the National College of Education (NCE) at National Louis University is one of the oldest and most respected schools of education in the country. At all levels, undergraduate to doctoral, we prepare educators to make a difference in schools and in the lives of students. Learn more about NCE’s programs:
- Education Bachelor's Programs
- Education Master’s Programs - Advanced Education
- Education Master's Programs - Teacher Preparation
- Education Doctoral Programs
- Education Licensures and Endorsements
Accreditation and Approvals
The National College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) / Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
All of the NCE's teacher-preparation programs — both the bachelor’s and Master of Art's in Teaching (M.A.T.) levels — have been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). In addition, ISBE has approved experienced educator programs for Reading Specialist, Principal, Superintendent, School Psychologist, School Counselor and Technology Specialist.
Who We Are
Founded by pioneering education reformer Elizabeth Harrison, NCE has always been a leader in progressive education. We might be one of the oldest schools of education in the country, but we’re also one of the most innovative. We believe that the most effective teaching methodologies are backed by solid research. The results have been impressive. NCE research and advocacy created the kindergarten movement in America, established bachelor's degrees for elementary school teachers, founded the PTA and laid the groundwork for the Head Start program. And 70 NCE-educated teachers have been honored by the Golden Apple Foundations of Chicago and Rockford, more than any other school of education in the state.
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NCE takes an active role in continuously improving the education system in America. Our faculty receives funding and support to develop new ways of reaching students and strengthening the teaching profession through independent centers of research and education.
If you are already a teacher or are considering an education degree, we welcome you to join the NCE community and apply today.