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P.A.C.E. students attend classes two days each week in an undergraduate university environment. Teaching and learning in a formal classroom are designed to provide content, promote critical thinking skills in a structured environment, and challenge students at all levels in courses that are rigorous, but manageable.

Classes, which focus on real concept-based learning, include homework and participation requirements. Students receive feedback directly from their instructors on the quality and content of their work—as well as create and present a portfolio each quarter for evaluation.

College Credit

Faculty encourage students to become active learners and to invest themselves in their own education. P.A.C.E. students are eligible to earn six - twelve credit hours during their two-year program. Three hours of credit are offered to students specializing in the fields of early childhood to enhance their employability.

Highly motivated students who have demonstrated excellent performance in their P.A.C.E. classes are encouraged to register for specific NLU undergraduate classes, usually in the liberal arts or early childhood education. P.A.C.E. faculty work with the instructors of these for-credit courses to provide the necessary accommodation and tutoring support for their students.

The Path to Growth, Opportunity and Independence

The P.A.C.E. curriculum has three objectives:

  • Education and training necessary to prepare for the workforce
  • Development of independent living skills
  • Development of age-appropriate social skills

Sample P.A.C.E. curriculum

First-Year Academic Classes: *

  • Freshman Studies
  • Social Skills I
  • Money Management
  • Introduction to Human Development
  • Internship Seminar
  • Humanities Elective
  • Health and Wellness
  • Computer Technology

First-Year Laboratory Classes *

  • Life Skills
  • Homework Lab
  • Speech Pragmatics Lab
  • Assertiveness Training

Second-year academic programs build upon basic theories and practices; concepts are discussed in some depth in the context of current experiences and future life plans.

Second-Year Academic Classes: *

  • Independent Living Seminar
  • Advanced Human Development
  • Money Management II
  • Senior Seminar
  • Internship Seminar II
  • Humanities Elective

Second-Year Laboratory Classes*

  • Advanced Life Skills
  • Homework Lab
  • Computer Technology

Classe availability may change as curriculum is updated.


    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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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    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, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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    NLU has a proud history of serving graduate students in southeastern Wisconsin. We currently offer all Wisconsin residents online programs in non-licensure education as well as a variety of business-related degrees.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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