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National College of Education (NCE) Centers

National Louis University’s National College of Education (NCE) takes an active role in the continuing effort to improve the education system in the U.S. Our faculty receives funding and support to develop new methods of reaching students and strengthening the teaching profession.

List of NCE Centers

Learn more about these independent centers of research and education run by NCE faculty at NLU campuses:

McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership (Wheeling campus)

The McCormick Center is dedicated to building the leadership potential of early childhood educators through professional development, evaluation, research and public awareness.

Reading Recovery® Regional Center for Comprehensive Literacy (Lisle campus)

The center is dedicated to developing and supporting professional learning networks linking Pk-12 educators and leaders with a systemic approach to improving literacy instruction for all children.  Reading Recovery is the most effective early literacy intervention for preventing early reading difficulties when embedded within a systemic comprehensive approach to improving teacher expertise through continuing education, job embedded coaching, action research and evaluation.  Center partnerships include school districts from multiple states (IL, MN, WI, FL).

Center for Teaching through Children’s Books (Skokie campus)

The center advocates excellence in teaching with quality literature for children and adolescents, encompassing multicultural voices, social justice issues, outreach activities, digital books and resources, and partnerships with schools, libraries and other organizations.

Center for Practitioner Research (Skokie campus)

The center promotes practitioner research as an essential form of educational research, fostering collaborative scholarship that contributes to knowledge, practice, advocacy and policy in education.

The Reading Center (Skokie campus)

The center provides student instruction, professional development, district, school and classroom consultation and  research. The center functions as a training site for graduate students in the Reading Specialist program, as well as for a selected group of undergraduate trainees. The Reading Center also houses a reading curriculum center as well as a collection of children's literature used for instruction.


    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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