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Prepare for a career in teaching through Northeastern's College of Arts and Sciences Education Program.

CASEP at Northeastern

All students who attend Northeastern Illinois University become part of a community of learners—learners who engage in an array of experiences. These experiences transform students, as people, and as future leaders. In keeping with this transformative nature of community, Northeastern offers the College of Arts and Sciences Education Program (CASEP) in its curriculum. As a learning community for students interested in becoming teachers, CASEP will help you decide—through targeted coursework, field experiences, and thoughtful reflection—if teaching is right for you!

Our Program

CASEP begins in the first year of study at Northeastern. It combines general education courses and early field experiences with discussion and feedback about teaching.  Students take general education courses that count towards any degree at Northeastern.  So even if you decide not to become a teacher, CASEP’s coursework will allow you to pursue other academic paths.

Students selected to join CASEP:

  • Benefit from specially-designated general education courses in their first and second years at Northeastern
  • Become part of a cohort, or group, of like-minded students interested in the possibility of becoming teachers
  • Take courses that are content linked and/or co-taught by faculty
  • Conduct K-12 classroom observations in their first year of coursework
  • Receive priority registration with a designated advisor
  • May participate in service learning or part-time employment opportunities in educational settings

CASEP also fosters these abilities desirable in multiple disciplines:

  • Critical and reflective thinking, writing and speaking
  • Effective problem solving and decision making
  • Enhanced presentational skills and technology use
  • An understanding and appreciation of cultural difference
"CASEP will help you determine if teaching if the best career for you."

Students applying to CASEP must be full-time students and should have been accepted by the university at the time of application

How to apply to CASEP:

All students interested in applying to CASEP must first be accepted by Northeastern Illinois University.  To apply to NEIU, please visit the university’s website at  From there, you may choose to apply online or to download and print an application to submit by mail.

Once you have been admitted to the university, please apply to CASEP.  Like the university application, you may choose to apply online or to download and print a CASEP application to submit by mail.

Please note: CASEP eligibility is based on acceptance into NEIU and placement in freshman-level English courses.  Placement exam scores must be on file with the university in order to be considered for CASEP.  The CASEP Coordinator will contact you when your application is received and your test scores are on file.  At that time, the CASEP Coordinator may schedule a phone or face-to-face interview with you.  To sign up for English and math placement exams, please visit,, Future Students, Placement Tests to register on-line.

Further inquiries about CASEP may be emailed to or call the CASEP office at 773/540-5654.

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“Because of the confidence-building fostered in small classes and the strong connections created among cohort classmates, CASEP students succeed, even when they struggle, because of the support of this program.”


Maureen “Mo” Kelty, Instructor (14 years teaching in CASEP)
Cooperative Learning in Adventure Education

Education Program (CASEP)

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