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BECOME A TEACHER

For 130+ years, National Louis University has been a training ground for early childhood, special education, elementary and secondary school teachers. Whether you're considering teaching as a first-time career or looking for a career change, NLU degrees will help you develop the skills you need to become a successful teacher.

If you're interested in exploring advanced education programs for current educators, click here.

Accredited by NCATE
As an indicator of quality and prestige, NLU's National College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) http://www.ncate.org/.

UNDERGRADUATE - TEACHER PREPARATION

Get the training you need to earn your teaching license, obtained through an Illinois Professional Educator License.

[+] B.A. in Early Childhood Education
NLU's bachelor's in early childhood education program prepares you to earn your teaching certification and licensure for children birth to Grade 3.
[+] B.A. in Early Childhood Practice
NLU's bachelor's in early childhood practice is designed to prepare students to work with children in child care centers or settings that do not require state licensure.
[+] B.A. in Elementary Education
NLU's elementary education program prepares you to earn your teaching certification and licensure for grades K-9.
[+] B.A. in Special Education
NLU's special education program equips graduates to become special education teachers and prepares students to attain the Illinois Learning Behavioral Specialist (LBS1) endorsement.

GRADUATE - TEACHER PREPARATION

If you have a non-teaching bachelor's degree and want to pursue a teaching career, our Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degrees prepare you to earn your teaching license, obtained through an Illinois Professional Educator License.

[+] M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education
NLU's early childhood education program prepares you to earn your teaching licensure for children birth to Grade 3.
[+] M.A.T. in Elementary Education
NLU's elementary education program prepares you to earn your teaching licensure for grades 1-6.
[+] M.A.T. in Middle Grades Education
NLU's middle grades education program prepares you to earn your teaching licensure for grades 5-8.
[+] M.A.T. in Secondary Education
NLU's secondary education program prepares you to earn your teaching licensure for grades 6-12 or, for foreign language teachers, grades K-12.
[+] M.A.T. in Special Education
NLU's special education program equips graduates to become special education teachers and prepares students to earn teaching licensure in special education for grades preK-12.
[+] M.S. in Counseling: School Counselor (CACREP Accredited)
Improve the lives of students and enhance school communities as a School Counselor. Strong theory-based coursework and applied clinical experiences prepare students for NCC (National Certified Counselor), LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) and LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor) licensure.

NLU's MS in Counseling program is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Complete the Request More Information form to learn about program options at NLU, and an Enrollment Specialist will guide you to the learning path that might be best for you.

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Great Teachers Start at NLU
NLU has produced more winners of the prestigious Golden Apple award for teaching than any other education college in Illinois.
Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    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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  • ELGIN

    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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  • NORTH SHORE

    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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  • LISLE

    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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  • WHEELING

    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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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, the campus features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, Florida 33634
    800.366.6581 | www.nl.edu/florida

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  • WISCONSIN

    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    414.577.2658

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