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Learn from the Leader in Education

For more than 125 years, the National College of Education at National Louis University has been the place to earn a degree for those who want to be educators. NLU graduates working as teachers, principals, superintendents and educational advocates have earned their well-deserved reputation for challenging themselves and their school districts to help improve the lives of students.

NLU's National College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) http://www.ncate.org/.

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

UNDERGRADUATE - TEACHER PREPARATION

Get the training you need to attain your degree and an Illinois Professional Educator License.

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education [+]
Intended for students who want to teach children from birth to age three.
Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Practice [+]
Work with children in child care centers or settings that do not require state licensure.
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education [+]
Designed for those who want to teach kindergarten through ninth grade.
Bachelor of Arts in Special Education [+]
Equips graduates to teach children with special education needs, including all preparation for attainment of 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—which lead to an Illinois Professional Educator license—may be right for you:

M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education [+]
Intended for those who want to teach children from birth to age three.
M.A.T. in Elementary Education [+]
Designed for people who want to teach kindergarten through ninth grade.
M.A.T. in Secondary Education [+]
Designed for those who want to teach middle or high school, or foreign language (K-12).
M.A.T. in Special Education [+]
Program for those wanting to obtain a special educator role working with students pre-K up to age 21.
M.S. in Counseling: School Counselor (CACREP Accredited) [+]
Designed for students who are interested in working as a School Counselor or Clinical Mental Health Counselor. NLU's MS in Counseling program is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

GRADUATE EDUCATION - EXPERIENCED EDUCATORS

If you are already in education and want to elevate your career with an advanced degree, take a closer look at:

M.Ed. Specialized Endorsements (also available online) [+]
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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. Candidates choose endorsement preparation from two of four areas: ESL, ESL/Bilingual, Reading and Special Education. Endorsements in ESL, ESL/Bilingual and Special Education are also available completely online.
M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision [+]
Improved to meet Illinois' new licensure requirements, this 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 [+]
Prepares candidates for a variety of roles working with children and adolescents with exceptional learning needs, includes LBS1 endorsement by entitlement.
M.Ed. in Teaching, Learning and Assessment (Also available 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./Ed.S. in School Psychology [+]
One of only three programs in the Chicago area that is fully accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Students graduate prepared for leadership roles in their districts, and are experienced in functional assessment and interventions that improve outcomes. They are eligible for a state School Psychologist Endorsement and NCSP certification.
M.Ed. in Technology in Education (Also available online) [+]
Learn ways to incorporate technology into the curriculum by obtaining this relevant degree. Students can earn their state Technology Specialist Endorsement upon completion.
M.Ed. in Mathematics Education [+]
Designed to help expand teachers' math expertise or help them achieve their middle school mathematics endorsement.
M.Ed. in Middle Level Education [+]
Learn best Middle Level practices, curriculum organizational models, technology in the classroom, meeting the individual needs of your students and teaming techniques to use with your colleagues.
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) [+]
Designed for students who are interested in working as a School Counselor or Clinical Mental Health Counselor. 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 (Ed.D.) [+]

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

  • Curriculum and Social Inquiry
  • Disability and Equity in Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • School Psychology
  • Reading and Language

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)
  • Reading and Language
  • School Psychology (School Psychologist Endorsement)

Certificate of Advanced Studies (C.A.S.) [+]

Postgraduate certificates are designed for educators who already have a master's degree in their field but want to add another area of graduate-level specialization.

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Psychology
  • Mathematics Education
  • Reading
  • Special Education (LBS1 Endorsement)
  • Technology in Education (Also available online)

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Teaching Endorsements
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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 Eisenhower Boulevard 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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