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Doctorate of Education in Teaching and Learning with Postsecondary Teaching and Instructional Leadership Major

Ed.D. In Teaching and Learning: Postsecondary Teaching and Instructional Leadership

The Doctorate of Education in Teaching and Learning with Postsecondary Teaching and Instructional Leadership Major is designed for professionals working full- or part-time who need a doctorate to advance their career or want to work as a department chair or program director.

This is a practitioner-oriented program on a blended delivery model (one Saturday per month, plus in-depth online work). It helps aspiring and experienced professionals expand their knowledge of instructional methods, adopt a critically-reflective approach to teaching, and strengthen their capacities to engage students as adult learners.

Consider getting your Doctorate of Education in Teaching and Learning at National Louis University (NLU) if you:

  • Want to teach at the college level
  • Want to pursue a leadership role in education
  • Are interested in advanced clinical work
  • Bring a passion to develop the scholarship necessary to serve as a leader, change agent, scholar and researcher



  • In-depth knowledge of effective postsecondary teaching in content area specializations
  • How to develop and implement college-level curriculum within academic governance systems
  • How to lead instruction to advance student learning through faculty collaboration and instructional design
  • How to improve instruction through professional development of faculty
  • How to analyze education policy
  • How to lead change in educational settings

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that “overall employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 15% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Enrollment at postsecondary institutions is expected to continue to rise.

NLU has a long-standing reputation for the excellence of its education and teacher training programs, and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Since 1886, NLU has trained thousands of educators and continues to graduate the majority of winners of Illinois’ Golden Apple Award — one of the most prestigious teacher honors in the state.

The people behind National Louis University’s success are its inspiring, widely-respected faculty members. They have earned numerous distinctions, including terminal degrees from premier institutions such as Harvard and Northwestern Universities. Their professional activities include presenting research locally at the Illinois Reading Council and the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages-Bilingual Education Conference; nationally at the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English and the Literacy Research Council, as well as internationally at conferences in Europe, Asia, South America, Central America and Mexico. In addition, the quality of their research has been acclaimed through many awards.

All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements as well as additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at nl.edu/applyonline.

Get more information today about enrolling in one of NLU's degree programs. Connect with an Enrollment Specialist or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888-658-8632).

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 Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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