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Learn from the Leader in Education

For 130+ years, National Louis University graduates have earned their national reputation as top-quality teachers, principals, superintendents and educational advocates who challenge their schools to improve the lives of students.

An active partner with Chicago-area schools, NLU has produced more winners of the prestigious Golden Apple award for teaching than any other education college in Illinois.

Accredited by NCATE
As an indicator of quality and prestige, NLU's National College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) http://www.ncate.org/.

UNDERGRADUATE - TEACHER PREPARATION

Get the training you need to earn your teaching certification, obtained through an Illinois Professional Educator License.

[+] Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
NLU's bachelor's in early childhood education program prepares you to earn your teaching certification and licensure for children birth to Grade 3.
[+] Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Practice
NLU's bachelor's in early childhood practice is designed to prepare students to work with children in child care centers or settings that do not require state licensure.
[+] Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
NLU's elementary education program prepares you to earn your teaching certification and licensure for grades K-9.
[+] Bachelor of Arts in Special Education
NLU's special education program equips graduates to become special education teachers and prepares students to attain the Illinois Learning Behavioral Specialist (LBS1) endorsement.

GRADUATE - TEACHER PREPARATION

If you have a non-teaching bachelor's degree and want to pursue a teaching career, our Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degrees prepare you to earn your teaching certification, obtained through an Illinois Professional Educator License.

[+] M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education
NLU's early childhood education program prepares you to earn your teaching certification and licensure for children birth to Grade 3.
[+] M.A.T. in Elementary Education
NLU's elementary education program prepares you to earn your teaching certification and licensure for grades 1-6.
[+] M.A.T. in Middle Grades Education
NLU's middle grades education program prepares you to earn your teaching certification and licensure for grades 5-8.
[+] M.A.T. in Secondary Education
NLU's secondary education program prepares you to earn your teaching certification and licensure for grades 6-12 or, for foreign language teachers, grades K-12.
[+] M.A.T. in Special Education
NLU's special education program equips graduates to become special education teachers and prepares students to earn teaching certification and licensure in special education for grades preK-12.
[+] M.S. in Counseling: School Counselor (CACREP Accredited)
Improve the lives of students and enhance school communities as a School Counselor. Strong theory-based coursework and applied clinical experiences prepare students for NCC (National Certified Counselor), LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) and LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor) licensure.

NLU's MS in Counseling program is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

GRADUATE EDUCATION - EXPERIENCED EDUCATORS

NLU specializes in education programs that advance your career in high-need areas, including special education, ESL and education psychology, or in leadership and administration for schools, districts and more.

[+] M.Ed. Specialized Endorsements (Also online)
NEW
A new and unique opportunity for practicing teachers to obtain a master's degree while gaining in-demand specializations as they progress through their program. Choose endorsement preparation from two of six areas:
ESL, ESL/Bilingual, Reading, Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education and Middle Level Mathematics.
[+] M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision
Improved to meet Illinois' new licensure requirements, this education program is designed for certified and experienced teachers who want to take on leadership roles, including principal positions, in K-12 educational settings. Choose from two tracks, General Administrative Endorsement track or Education Leadership (non-endorsement) track plus qualify for a scholarship worth 20% of tuition costs.
[+] M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
For educators who want to improve curriculum design, instructional effectiveness and learner achievement.
[+] M.Ed. in Reading
For teachers who are interested in further developing their teaching skills or meeting the eligibility requirement to be a Reading Teacher or Specialist. Teachers can earn either their state Reading Teacher or Reading Specialist endorsement upon completion.
[+] M.Ed. in Special Education
This NLU Special Education program prepares candidates for a variety of roles working with children and adolescents with exceptional learning needs, such as special education teachers and learning behavior specialists. The program includes LBS1 endorsement by entitlement.
[+] M.Ed. in Teaching, Learning and Assessment (Also online)
Designed for educators who want to create an optimal learning experience for each and every student, and lead in their schools, districts and other educational environments.
[+] M.Ed. in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment with Teacher Leader Major (Also online) NEW
Designed for teachers who want the foundational knowledge of the core M.Ed. in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment program, but also desire enhanced leadership preparation for roles in a wide range of areas from coaching and mentoring teachers to designing curricula and assessing learning.
This major leads to the Teacher Leader Endorsement.
[+] Ed.S. in School Psychology
NLU's School Psychology program is one of only three education psychology programs in the Chicago area that are fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Students graduate prepared to work in education psychology or leadership roles in their districts, and they are experienced in functional assessments and education psychology interventions that improve student outcomes. They are eligible for a state School Psychologist Endorsement and NCSP certification.
[+] M.Ed. in Learning Technologies (Also online)
NLU's Learning Technologies degree helps you learn how to effectively incorporate technology into the curriculum and into your teaching practices. As schools continue to shift toward technologically-integrated classrooms, this education program will give you the competitive edge to obtain and secure your desired position. You can also choose to earn your state Technology Specialist Endorsement upon completion.
[+] M.Ed. in Urban Teaching
Develop advanced, high-leverage skills for teaching diverse students in settings that face issues related to poverty, under-resourcing of schools, exposure to health and safety risks, and student achievement gaps.
[+] M.Ed. in Mathematics Education
National Louis University's mathematics education program is designed to help expand teachers' math expertise or help them achieve their middle school mathematics endorsement.
[+] M.Ed. in Early Childhood Administration - (Online Only)
For current and aspiring leaders of center and home-based early childhood programs, this program is also appropriate for preschool owners, Head Start coordinators, and consultants who work with early childhood programs.
[+] M.S. in Counseling: School Counselor (CACREP Accredited)
Improve the lives of students and enhance school communities as a School Counselor. Strong theory-based coursework and applied clinical experiences prepare students for NCC (National Certified Counselor), LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) and LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor) licensure.

NLU's MS in Counseling program is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Doctoral Programs and Certificates

[+] Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership (Ed.D.)
Designed to be completed in under three years, this program provides participants with an in-depth study of all functional areas of higher education institutions—with an emphasis on mission-driven leadership, data-driven and research-informed practice and decision-making, and student-centered outcomes.

NEW! Students enrolling for January 2017 are eligible for a 20% tuition scholarship for the duration of the program—making it one of the most affordable programs available.

[+] Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

The doctoral programs at NLU are aimed at students who want to be leaders in the following fields of education:

  • Curriculum, Advocacy, and Policy
  • Disability and Equity in Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • School Psychology
  • Reading, Language, and Literacy

[+] Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)

Designed to meet the needs of school leaders who are post-masters and want to achieve advanced specialization in one of these areas:

  • Administration and Supervision - General Administrative Endorsement track or Education Leadership track (non-endorsement)
  • Higher Education Leadership
  • Reading and Language
  • School Psychology (School Psychologist Endorsement)

Complete the Request More Information form to learn about program options at NLU, and an Enrollment Specialist will guide you to the learning path that might be best for you.

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Teaching Endorsements
If you're a practicing teacher, consider pursuing an endorsement at NLU in a specialization of interest. It's a great way to expand your expertise, build your resume, and make yourself more marketable.
Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632

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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632

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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632

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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632

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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632

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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, the campus features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, Florida 33634
    800.366.6581 | www.nl.edu/florida

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  • WISCONSIN

    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    414.577.2658

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