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Contact Information

Margaret Stemler, Ed.D.
Director of Faculty and Program Development
National Louis University

Chicago Buildings

Program Coursework Requirements

In addition to the 25 hours of class-time during each intensive weekend class, students will also complete an additional twenty hours of supervised academic work including at least five hours of pre-assignments before the weekend of class, and fifteen faculty-mentored project hours after the weekend at NLU in order to receive their completion certificate. All hours will be monitored and students will receive valuable one-on-one mentoring from qualified instructors.

Students may receive a preliminary completion letter at the end of each weekend if requested that verifies that they have completed 30 of the educational hours for the course, which is the equivalent of two credits, or 3 CEU's. In order for students to receive certification of all 45 educational hours, which is the equivalent of three credits, or 4 CEU's, they must complete all of the additional 15 faculty-mentored hours within two months of the weekend course.

Pre-Course Assignments:

What course work must I complete before attending my first class?
Each student is required to complete three assignments before they attend the first day of class. It is strongly recommended that students start working on these assignments as soon as possible after registering for a course, students will receive an email that will provide all the instructions needed to complete the pre-assignments. If a student DOES NOT receive an email within two days of registering for a course, it is his/her responsibility to email and ask for the pre-assignment instructions.

Post-Course Assignments:

What course work must I complete after attending a weekend course?
Each student will receive a detailed course syllabus on the first day of class which will outline all of the course requirements and work that will need to be completed during and after the weekend course. Students should be aware that there is approximately 15 hours of academically supervised work that must be completed after the weekend course to fulfill all 45 educational hours. Students have at least two months to complete their post-assignments.

Students only needing 30 educational hours (or the equivalent of two credits), are not required to complete the faculty-mentored projects after the weekend course, however the course tuition and fees are the same whether a student completes the 30-hour or 45-hour option.
Students taking both weekends will be required to work directly with the faculty between the two weekends to complete all of the assignments related to the course.

Course Attendance:

What happens if I am late to class or miss any sessions?
This is a very fun but intensive educational experience, so it is critical that every student arrives for class on time and stays for the entire class period. Students will receive one hour of make-up work for every 15 minutes of class that is missed. If students miss more than one hour of class without it being pre-arranged with the instructor (only approved for special circumstances), they will not be eligible to receive their course completion certificate. It is the students' responsibility to follow-up with the instructor if they are late to class or miss any sessions to find out whether the work can be made-up and what must be done.

Books and Course Materials:

Do I need to buy any books for class or bring any materials?
Students registering for Course A or Course B (one weekend only) are required to pay a $50 materials and activities fee which is due on the first day of class at check-in. Students registering for Course A and Course B (two weekends) are required to pay a $90 materials and activities fee which is due on the first day of class at check-in. This fee will cover all of the materials you need to successfully complete your course, and will also cover the cost of several of the educational excursions including transportation during class time and entrance fees that will be taken over the weekend, as well as and any food provided during the weekend class. Please note that the materials fee is separate from the course fee. The course fee is paid online while the materials fee is paid at check-in on the first Friday of class.


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    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
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    620 Tollgate Road
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    5202 Old Orchard Road
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    850 Warrenville Road
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