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Clinical Placement Programs

Pre-Student Teaching Experiences

Acceptance into an accredited National Louis University teacher licensure program requires that students participate in 100 hours of school site or clinical experiences under the guidance of a cooperating teacher.

The Illinois State Board of Education defines clinical experiences "as that part of the professional preparation program enabling candidates preparing for licensed roles to acquire practical experience along with theoretical knowledge prior to entering into the full responsibilities of the role for which they are seeking licensure." Candidates are expected to demonstrate beginning (Practicum I) or continuing (Practicums II & III) competencies in specific categories. Undergraduate student participate in Practicums I, II, and III while graduate student requirements include only Practicum I & II.

Student Teaching

Student teaching is the culmination of all the coursework, observations and licensure requirements of the National College of Education and the state of Illinois. In effect, it is the final exam that tests for everything that goes before you enter the teaching profession. Therefore, the Office of Field Experiences' clinical placement staff looks to carefully place each student in a school environment that is enriching, diverse, and supportive.

The clinical placement coordinators with your advisors and teachers want to help you through the application process, support you during the student teaching experience, and celebrate with you as you become the teacher of young people you've set out to be.

Student Teaching Scholarship

If you are planning to student teach soon, you might wish to apply for the Patricia Cassin Graft Student Teacher Assistance Fund which is currently seeking to award $4,000 in tuition assistance awards to graduate or undergraduate NCE students. You may find more information about the scholarship here.


    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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    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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    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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    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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