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Teacher Preparation

At NLU, we have a proud and renowned history of teacher preparation. We're glad you're joining us and below are some helpful links and tips to use from the beginning to the end of your studies. You can also upload handbooks, appraisal forms and checklists on the National College of Education Tools homepage.

State Exam Preparation

Resources for Education Students All teacher licensure candidates must complete the Illinois state exams required for their desired license. All licensure candidates must pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) to enter the National College of Education. To prepare to take the TAP or other state exams, take advantage of the Illinois licensure test preparation resources brought to you by the Learning and Library Support team. They also offer an intensive prep course and workshops to help students prepare for the TAP test. The TAP Prep Course has been added for August/September so speak with your academic advisor or enrollment specialist to register now! You can also find Library guides geared towards preparing for the TAP test or ACT, Content Area tests, APT and other test-taking strategies.

Students can also take the ACT with Writing in lieu of the TAP test. A score of 22 or higher can be used for admission to the National College of Education.

To register or view test dates to take a state exams, see the Illinois Certification Testing website. Please note that registration deadlines are often well in advance of test dates, and test scores can take up to 5 weeks to reach NLU after you take your exam.

Criminal Checks, TB Tests and Mandated Reporting

NLU requires all candidates in programs that include time spent in an Illinois school to have an Illinois State Police and FBI criminal background fingerprint check, a TB test, and a Certificate of Completion with the Department of Children and Family Services Mandated Reporter Training. NLU will not accept criminal background check reports from sources other than Accurate Biometrics. There is a separate form for students placed in the Chicago Public School System. Please also view the NCE Tools page to find the most up to date form.

**If you are taking any on-ramp courses such as ELE500, FND510, SPE500, CIL500, or ESR514, observation hours are included in the class and students must have Mandated Reporter and TB tests on file with the Office of Field Experience.

Mandated Reporting Form

CPS Fingerprinting

Student Teaching Application Process

Every NCE degree program goes through the Student Teaching Application process at different points in their program. Each student will work with their academic or faculty advisor regarding submission deadlines. A current copy of the mandated reporter form and TB test must be on file with the Office of Field Experience (OFE). You can view checklists and applications for your program on the NCE Student Materials page.

Professional Educator Licensure and Endorsements

If you are seeking a Professional Educator License (PEL) or endorsement on an existing license, you will need to submit an official request using the link available through your NLU student portal. More information and instructions can be found on the licensure Web site. Please visit ISBE's FAQ's website for answers to some of your licensure and endorsement questions.




    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
    (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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