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National College of Education Program Accreditation

National Accreditation

The National College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). NLU teacher education programs meet--and exceed--rigorous, nationally recognized Teacher Preparation Standards. A multi-year, collaborative process, NLU earned accreditation in the spring 2020 review by demonstrating excellence in content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.

Regional Accreditation

National Louis University (NLU) is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional institutional accreditors recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Currently, NLU is on the Standard Pathway to regional accreditation, which follows a 10-year cycle and is focused on quality assurance and institutional improvement. For more information about regional accreditation, visit our institutional accreditation website.

Programmatic Accreditation

All of NCE's teacher-preparation programs — at both the bachelor’s and Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) levels —are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). In addition, ISBE approved experienced educator programs for Principal, Reading Specialist, School Counselor, School Psychologist, Superintendent, Technology Specialist, and Teacher Leader, as well as endorsements in ESL/Bilingual Education, Learning Behavior Specialist I, Learning Behavior Specialist II, Middle Level Math, Reading Teacher, and approval in Early Childhood Special Education.

Candidate Performance

The National College of Education is committed to program quality and the use of candidate assessment data for program and unit improvement through a yearly assessment analysis and reporting process at the program, college and institutional levels. The college posts annual candidate performance evidence on their website for accreditation purposes.

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 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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