Education Programs at NLU

Bachelor's in Education Degree Programs

For more than 125 years, National Louis University's National College of Education (NCE) has been a training ground for early childhood, special education, elementary and secondary school teachers. Whether you're considering teaching as a first-time career or looking for a career change, the NCE will help you develop the creative, organizational and assessment skills you need to be successful with teaching and education degrees to positively impace the field of education.

NCE’s faculty balances the practical aspects of work in schools with the importance of research, enabling you to increase your knowledge while participating in powerful learning experiences. Students in NLU teacher preparation programs bring the best educational practices into the classroom and make a difference in the lives of students.

Our Teaching Degree Programs

Learn more about teacher preparation bachelor's degrees from NLU:

What Students Learn with NLU Teaching Degrees

In any of our education degree programs, students are given a strong foundation of teaching skills to apply in the classroom from day one. You’ll graduate not only with presentation and lesson-planning skills, but also with an understanding of children’s learning differences and how to best reach them. In addition, faculty members are connected within the field, and the career services team is dedicated to matching students with employment opportunities.

Why NLU’s Teaching Degree Programs

At NLU we understand that students have busy lives outside the classroom, so we make our programs flexible to fit your schedule. Students can take full- or part-time, daytime or evening classes. We make obtaining teaching degrees convenient, faster and easier.  NLU graduates have been awarded more Golden Apple Awards — the most prestigious teaching honor in the state of Illinois — than graduates from any other school of education.

Preparing You for Teaching Licensure

By junior year, education undergraduate students must register for the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) before being formally admitted to a teaching program. NLU offers various options to help you get ready for the TAP.

How to Apply to an Undergraduate Education Program

Start your journey in teacher training at the NCE. To learn more about NLU’s teaching degrees or apply to a program, you can Apply Now or complete a Request More Information form to get in touch with an enrollment specialist.

 

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
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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
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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, this location 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, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581

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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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