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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.

Criminal Checks, TB Tests and Mandated Reporting

National Louis University requires that all candidates in programs that include time spent in an Illinois school pass an Illinois State Police background check, a TB test, and a Certificate of Completion with the Department of Children and Family Services Mandated Reporter Training. Find the most current forms on the Office of Field Experience website:

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.

Undergraduate Field Placement Documents

Undergraduate Field Placement Documents website:


    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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