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NCE Mission

The National College of Education's mission is excellence in teaching, scholarship, service and professional development. Recognizing the importance of life-long learning in a diverse, rapidly changing global society, NCE is committed to developing and empowering all learners.

Consistent with this mission, the faculty approved the following statement of goals for the college:

Goals for Teaching

  1. Model exemplary practices that create a supportive environment in which the social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs of students are met in order to ensure that they become responsible, capable citizens.
  2. Provide clinical sites in which undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to observe exemplary teaching practices, implement and evaluate innovative ideas, and demonstrate their abilities as practitioner/scholar.
  3. Provide students with a knowledge base or pedagogy grounded in research on teaching and learning, enabling them to apply principles of child development, organize appropriate instruction and utilize a variety of instructional strategies.
  4. Ensure that students have a broad liberal education so they can increase their knowledge and express their intellectual abilities and skills in applying that knowledge.
  5. Foster the individual professional growth of experienced educators through collaborative exploration and development of the knowledge base and exemplary practices, and through clinical experience.
  6. Educate highly competent and humane professional personnel for leadership and service.
  7. Recruit and support faculty and a student body that possess knowledge and values that can be shared through collaborative educational experiences.

Goals for Scholarship

  1. Deepen students' understanding of their area of study through an awareness, appreciation and application of educational research.
  2. Promote scholarship and research in which students and faculty are involved in their own quest for knowledge—which, in turn, enhances their expertise.
  3. Support scholarly interaction, debate and research within the College and throughout the profession.

Goals of Service

  1. Make available a supportive educational environment in which the needs of students of all ages are met.
  2. Encourage pre-service and veteran educational professionals to become involved in, and assume leadership roles in, their respective places of employment, their communities and their professional organizations.
  3. Encourage and support faculty as leaders and agents of change in the field of education at local, state and federal levels.
  4. Nurture and support interaction and collaboration among educational professionals and faculty both on campus and in the field.
  5. In developing and implementing our mission and goals, the National College of Education provides a bridge between educational theory and practice. Thus, we have remained an institution which serves the needs of teachers, specialists and administrators, and through them, children.

NCE Vision

NCE will be a college distinguished for its demonstration of academic excellence and innovative professional programming provided to a diverse audience of adult learners. We will ensure that our students consistently have an excellent academic experience. NCE will contribute to knowledge generation that helps create more equitable and effective schools and healthier communities.  Our future will be built on a solid foundation of financial sustainability. 


    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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