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Additional Pathways to Teaching at NCE

NLU’s National College of Education has a longstanding history of developing unique opportunities into the teaching profession designed in collaboration with schools, districts, and community organization to meet educators’ specific needs. Here are three additional pathways for you to become a teacher! 

This unique program offers NCE MAT candidates the opportunity to “intern” for a full academic year at a school (private, public, charter) while completing their NLU MAT coursework and student teaching requirements. This experience is a great boost to your resume!

As part of this year-long program, Interns are exposed to additional quality teaching and learning experiences such as:

  • Collaboration in curriculum design, integration, and planning, and assessment
  • Preparing for and responding to students’ socio-emotional and academic needs
  • Understanding and engagement in the culture of the school
  • Opportunities for meaningful interactions and engagement with parents, faculty and staff
  • Appreciation and planning for the diverse needs of children

This is available for Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, and Special Education MAT candidates only. If you are a prospective MAT student and would like to apply, please contact an Enrollment Specialist. If you are a current MAT student, please contact your Graduate Advisor and the NCE Director, Office of Field Experiences and PK-12 Partnerships Lisa Mozer at

In partnership with Illinois school districts and education organizations, NCE has developed and taught these one year, intensive residency programs since 2002. Candidates or ‘residents’ complete their MAT degree with NLU in one calendar year while simultaneously working full-time (four days a week) in a school classroom with a Mentor Teacher from September – June. Upon successful completion of the program, residents are hired by the same district as a full-time teacher.

NCE residencies all embed these key components:

  • Context-specific design, incorporating the unique characteristics of the candidates, district, and community so residents can integrate this knowledge into their teaching.
  • Strong alignment between coursework and fieldwork, connecting what residents learn with NLU and what they learn in their school classroom including reflection on their practice.
  • Meaningful partner collaboration, ensuring that NCE and the district co-identify key teaching practices and effective instruction so residents are prepared to teach in the district

As of 2019-20, NCE currently offers residencies with the following districts. If you are interested in applying to be a resident, please click on the district’s logo below to start the process. If you are a school or district interested in starting a residency program, please contact our NCE Residency and Alternative Pathways Director Kavita Venkatesh at


  • Elementary (Grades 1-6) with ESL/Bilingual Education endorsement
  • Early Childhood (Birth – Grade 2) with ESL/Bilingual Education endorsement
  • Early Childhood (Birth – Grade 2) with Special Education endorsement

East St. Louis D189:

  • Elementary (Grades 1-6)

North Chicago D187:

  • Elementary (Grades 1-6) with ESL/Bilingual Education endorsement

For those interested in working in the Early Childhood (Birth to Grade 2), NCE and Teach for America (TFA) have partnered to offer a two-year ‘alternative certification’ program. Starting in Summer, candidates or ‘Corps Members’ participate in TFA professional development trainings and NCE MAT coursework to prepare them to teach in their own Early Childhood classroom that Fall. For the full two years, Corps Members are supported by TFA coaches, mentors at their placement site (either a school or Community-Based Organization), as well as NCE faculty.

If you are interested in applying, please click on the TFA link below to begin the process



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