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Is it Time to Advance Your Career?

NLU’s career-focused curriculum prepares professionals who achieve and people who inspire. Our learning environments cater to the busy schedules and academic needs of adult learners wanting to make an impact in the communities where they live and work. We provide the mix of challenge and support you need to attain high levels of achievement in areas vital to your career success. NLU graduates have been honored by the Golden Apple Foundations of Chicago and Rockford, one of the most prestigious teaching and leadership honors in Illinois. This is more than any other school of education in the state.


Professionally Focused Programs

Teachers across the country are looking for satisfying career paths that allow them to take on significant roles and responsibilities and earn higher salaries. NCE evening, weekend, blended and online learning environments allow educators like you to access our programs in a location close to home or work. Our program offerings mirror teacher shortage areas to maximize your chances of desirable employment and future promotions.

The NCE program portfolio contains options to meet the needs of educators at differing stages of their careers.

Early Career Educators

NLU Endorsements support the early career educator. Professionals at this stage of their careers are still developing the content and teaching skills required to improve learning outcomes at the classroom level. Choosing to complete endorsements will improve your effectiveness in the classroom by further developing your content knowledge and teaching skills. An endorsement may also increase your employability if you earn endorsements in high-need areas. Master Teachers, Aspiring Leaders and School Psychologists.

  • NLU Masters and Educational Specialist Programs prepare Master Teachers, Aspiring Leaders and School Psychologists seeking to influence at the school level.  Program offerings at this level provide career paths for those who want to stay in the classroom and those who wish to assume leadership or specialist positions outside the classroom.
    • Master Teacher offerings help those who wish to stay in the classroom and become highly effective educators as well as serve as mentors, supervise pre-service teachers and/or a fill the role of teaching resource for colleagues across the school.
    • The Teacher Leader program within NLU’s Aspiring Leaders offerings provides a leadership option that prepares educators to spend part of their week in the classroom and the remainder of their time using research-based techniques and school data to promote student success in their PreK-12 settings.
    • NLU’s Aspiring Leaders Educational Administrator program provides a path for those wanting to assume an Administrative position that involves leading the academic, administrative and auxiliary activities within a PreK-12 setting.
    • Within Aspiring Leaders, the School Psychology program allows practicing school psychologists or persons with graduate degrees in related fields to obtain school psychology licensure to fill a non-teaching position within a school.

Advanced Preparation for District Level Influence

Our Doctoral Programs prepare educators, administrators and school psychologist candidates to advance from school-based roles to influence learning outcomes at district levels by assuming roles within leadership teams characterized by a culture of reflection and continuous improvement.


    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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