Earn your credentials in a high-demand endorsement program today.
Chicago Teachers Union Foundation Quest Center and National Louis University are partnering to offer you the opportunity to earn additional knowledge and qualifications in high-need areas, specifically special education (learning behavior specialist LBS1) and reading. Also, if you’re interested in teaching in a different grade level, you can do so through NLU’s subsequent endorsement program!
Why NLU and the CTUF Quest Center?
Through your experiences with the Quest Center and as a Chicago Public School educator, you understand the importance of continued professional development. Our partnership with NLU brings you high-quality, career-focused programs and courses that will enable you to strengthen your assessment and curriculum development skills and prepare you to fill specialized, in-demand positions in CPS schools.
NLU is a leader in providing quality education for adult learners and prides itself on understanding the complex lives of teachers and works to meet their professional and personal needs. No matter which program you choose, you can always expect the following:
- Expert Faculty—Learn from faculty with deep experience in PreK-12 education
- Clear and Predictable Schedules—Know your schedule and time to completion from day one
- Convenient and Flexible Delivery—Choose between classes offered in blended formats, with both face-to-face and online sessions, or 100% online
All of your courses will be offered through NLU’s National College of Education. The National College of Education (NCE) has a long-standing reputation for its education programs. Since 1886, NLU has trained thousands of teachers and administrators and continues to graduate the majority of winners of the Golden Apple Award, one of the most prestigious teaching and leadership honors in the state. NCE graduates are currently teachers and administrators in approximately 40% of Illinois public schools and over 75% of CPS schools. On average, NCE teachers collectively impact the lives of over 60,000 students every year.
Winter term classes begin January 13, 2020
Contact Wendy Gaeding at email@example.com or call 847-947-5037 to learn more about NLU, the National College of Education, and our partnership with the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation Quest Center.
CTUF/NLU Endorsement Programs
Chicago Teachers Union Foundation and National Louis University proudly offer licensed teachers in-demand endorsements and programs from NLU's National College of Education. We'd like to specifically highlight our Special Education (Learning Behavior Specialist LBS1), Reading, and Subsequent Endorsements (for those interested in teaching a different grade level) opportunities!
Special Education Learning Behavior Specialist Endorsement (LBS1) »
The LBS1 Endorsement program at NLU is designed for teachers looking to add a specialized endorsement to their teaching license. This LBS1 Endorsement program gives you the knowledge and skills to work in inclusive classrooms and school settings, with the ability to use Universal Design for Learning strategies to effectively reach all students.
Reading (M.Ed. and/or Endorsement) »
If you're looking to enhance your skills within the areas of literacy, development, and instruction, NCE's Reading program has several options for you. If you'd like to be a better reading teacher in your classroom, our Reading Teacher track may fit your needs. If you're interested in leading your school's reading program and potentially training other teachers, consider our Reading Specialist track. Our renowned faculty are active researchers and national literacy leaders, and our practicum is nationally known as one of the finest programs for preparation of literacy educators. This program has an excellent reputation throughout Illinois, and meets the guidelines of the International Reading Association, CAEP, and the State of Illinois for the preparation of reading teachers and reading specialists.
The Subsequent Endorsement program is designed for those looking to expand their career options to teach in multiple grade bands. Through this program you can earn additional teaching endorsements in Early Childhood (birth-2), Elementary (1-6), Middle Grades (5-8), or Secondary (9-12). You will also have the opportunity to apply your past work experience toward your course credits by submitting a professional portfolio. NCE faculty and staff will support you in the process. Each grade level endorsement will have different requirements: click here for more information.
Did you know that NLU also offers a degree in which students have the opportunity to combine multiple endorsements into a full Master's? Wendy Gaeding at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-261-3474 for more details about any of the above programs!
*Please note: NLU's Middle Level Mathematics Endorsement program has changed due to ISBE updates to the middle level teaching requirements in January 2018. If you are still interested in building your math content expertise, contact Wendy Gaeding (info above).
Special Education Learning Behavior Specialist Endorsement (LBS1)
NLU's Special Education Program provides candidates with a deep understanding of the needs of students with disabilities. Coursework includes research-based instruction in differentiated curricular design, assessment, delivery strategies, and collaborative practice with families, school colleagues, and the school community.
NLU's Special Education Program is actively engaged in special education policy issues, researching high-leverage special education practices in collaboration with the US Department of Education-funded CEEDAR Center (Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform). NLU was recently ranked #7 in the country by "Great College Deals." Our award-winning faculty members bring academic expertise, extensive teaching and leadership experience, and a constructivist approach to the classroom, adding unique depth to all of our special education programs.
This blended program—taught both on campus* and online—is composed of four courses:
|SPE500**||[+] Introduction to and Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities »
This course focuses on characteristics, identification, and initial methods of instruction for cross-categorical P-21 students who receive special education services. Emphasis is on historical, philosophical, psychological, legal, and pedagogical implications and issues pertaining to P-21 special education. Candidates develop and implement inclusive, differentiated curricular design, planning and instructional methods for P-21 students with high- and low-incidence disabilities based upon consideration of the impact that disabilities have on how students differ in approaches to learning.
Candidates learn how to provide inclusive instructional opportunities and supports adapted to strengths and needs of diverse learners, drawing on knowledge of the discipline, students, community, and curriculum goal(s). Fifteen field hours required.
3 semester hours
|SPE501||[+] Educational and Diagnostic Assessment of Exceptional Children and Adolescents »
This course provides an overview of the processes involved in educational and diagnostic assessment of children and adolescents (P-21). Attention is given to both formal (e.g. norm-referenced) and informal (e.g., classroom-based) assessments, screenings, of assessment bias, and limits of testing. Special emphasis is directed towards interpreting assessment results and connecting assessment to instruction. The role of the special educator as a collaborative consultant and multidisciplinary team member is also considered. Legal, ethical, and cultural/linguistic assessment issues are addressed. A minimum of 10 hours of field experience is required.
3 semester hours
|SPE506||[+] Frameworks, Perspectives, and Collaboration in Special Education »
This course provides foundational frameworks of special education and resulting implications for policy and practice. Candidates learn characteristics of high and low incidence disabilities and interpret discourses of disability to understand their influence on the everyday lives of teachers and students. Major issues of special education theory and practice are addressed, including: the history of policies and practices, diagnosis, curriculum, pedagogy, legal, ethical, and political issues, and the impact of values and beliefs on special education practice. Collaborative models and structures are emphasized in working with team members including students, families, school professionals, para-educators, and administrators. Collaborative practices are taught. 15 hours of preclinical experience are required for this course.
3 semester hours
|SPE527||[+] Differentiated and Individualized Curriculum and Instruction »
This course is designed to address the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of individualized curriculum and instruction. Emphasis is placed on current best practices in individualizing curriculum and instructional methods for students with both high incidence and low incidence disabilities. The course will focus on a planning and implementation process for incorporating general education learning standards, differentiated instruction, adaptations to the general education curriculum, ecological assessment, IEP development, systematic instruction, self-advocacy and self-determination, and providing instruction in general education and community settings. All students will be required to complete 15 hours of fieldwork as part of this course.
3 semester hours
Because the LBS1 endorsement is added to your existing Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL), your endorsement will be applicable to the grade level of your existing license. In order to earn this endorsement, candidates must pass the LBS1 content test.
* Classes will meet at NLU's Chicago campus, 122 S. Michigan Ave.
** not required if an intro to exceptional children course has been taken.
NLU's Reading program helps students build both theoretical and practical understanding of language and literacy education. Whether you prefer to be a Reading Specialist or Reading Teacher, you will gain a better understanding of the research, theory, and practice related to the reading and writing processes and instruction.
You can earn an M.Ed. in Reading with a Reading Teacher (32 SH) or Reading Specialist endorsement (34 SH). You can also earn the Reading Teacher endorsement separately (24 SH). Depending on your preferred track, we offer all of our reading courses at the Chicago, Wheeling and Skokie locations, and many can be taken online as well.
|RLR501||Teaching Comprehension and Content Area Reading|
|RLR502||Teaching Comprehension and Content Reading|
| Survey of Youth Literature, Pre K-12
Diverse Perspectives in Youth Literature, Pre K-12
|RLR510||Diagnosis and Assessment of Reading|
|RLR511||Instructional Strategies for Literacy Interventions|
|RLR592A||Practicum: Literacy Interventions for Elementary Students|
|RLR592B||Practicum: Literacy Interventions for Secondary Students|
|RLR518||Leadership and Professional Development in Reading (Reading Specialist Only)|
|RLR593||Seminar in Reading Research (Reading Specialist Only)|
|MHE515||1 SH for Reading Specialist and 2 SH for Reading Teacher|
Reading Recovery teachers may be able to transfer up to 5 hours of credit. Contact NLU Enrollment Specialist Lisa Mullins at email@example.com or 312-261-3474 for more details.
Middle Level Mathematics Endorsement
NLU's Middle Level Math Endorsement enables candidates to develop strategies and applications specific to the mathematical learning needs of middle level students. Through coursework in areas of number and operations, algebra, number theory, and data analysis, candidates will be equipped to help their students succeed in mathematics
The endorsement requires 18 semester hours and consists of the following courses offered 100% online:
|MHE485||[+] Advanced Methods for Teaching Middle School Mathematics »
This course builds upon the methods of teaching general elementary school mathematics through an in-depth focus on the curriculum, methods, materials, and issues related to the learning and teaching of mathematics in the middle grades (grades 6-8).
3 semester hours
|MHE502||[+] Modern Algebra for Teachers »
The purpose of this course is to study the properties and relationships of basic algebraic concepts such as patterns and matrices as well as more familiar topics such as polynomials. Emphasis will be on problem solving, generalizing, and the development of algebraic thinking. Appropriate technology will be used to support mathematical reasoning. Candidates will create appropriate mathematical content for a class activity, consistent with the Common Core State Standards, incorporating a variety of strategies for a diverse population of students in the middle school grade levels.
3 semester hours
|MHE511||[+] Number Theory for Teachers »
Number theory is the study of the whole numbers: their relationships, properties, and characteristics. Candidates will develop mathematical thinking skills and discover deep and subtle relationships between numbers; some of which are familiar to elementary and middle grade students. Candidates will create appropriate mathematical content for a lesson/unit incorporating a variety of strategies for a diverse population of students from the middle through secondary school grade levels.
3 semester hours
|MHE501||[+] Number Concepts & Operations for Teachers »
This course develops a deep understanding of number and operations as they occur in a comprehensive elementary and middle grade mathematics curriculum enabling prospective and in-service teachers to help their students succeed in mathematics. The course focuses on why mathematics works the way it does and links principles to applications in the real world.
3 semester hours
|MHE512||[+] Statistics and Probability for Teachers »
Candidates will use a problem solving approach to statistics and explore the 4 stage process of statistical investigations; forming questions that can be answered by data, exploring various data collection methods, analyzing the data, and making interpretations in relation to the original questions. This course focuses on meaning and usefulness of statistics and probability in real-world situations.
3 semester hours
|MHE515||[+] History of Mathematics »
This course provides a survey of the historical development of mathematics from ancient times (Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks and Romans) to early modern and modern times (17th through 21st century) with a focus on problem-solving. The historical context of mathematics is examined through biographies of various mathematicians focusing on the types of problems solved and the methods employed to solve them. Mathematical problems representative of significant contributions in numeration, algebra, geometry, combinatorics, and number theory are emphasized. This course is appropriate for teachers/teacher candidates in the special education, early childhood, elementary, middle, and secondary programs.
3 semester hours
Students interested in the Middle Level Math Endorsement and want to earn a full Master's degree, may enroll in NLU's M.Ed. in Specialized Endorsements. Contact NLU Enrollment Melanie Fernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-443-5522 x4430 for details on this option.
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