|The College of Education at Northeastern Illinois University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036; phone (202) 466-7496. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs. NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel.|
As one of the oldest and largest education colleges in the greater Chicago metropolitan area, we offer a comprehensive range of programs and areas of concentration at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The faculty and staff in our college are dedicated to excellence and innovation in education, and seek to gear their teaching, research, and service efforts to the needs and aspirations of a diverse student body community. The college dedicates itself to:
The College of Education takes an all-university approach, requiring students to have a well-rounded general education in the liberal arts, thorough training in professional education courses, and extensive school-community clinical experiences.
If you elect to attend our college at the undergraduate level, you can prepare for a teaching career in any one or more of the following areas of education:
The College also offers masterís level training for specialists in:
For students interested in an education related career in a business, industry or other non-school setting, we offer options in:
Students completing teacher certification programs receive entitlement to certification from the Illinois State Teacher Certification Board. Since certification is an integral aspect of teacher training, it is important to note that this Board has given full approval to all of our undergraduate and graduate certification programs for teachers, administrators, and school service personnel. In addition, the National College for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has awarded full accreditation to all of our teacher education programs.
History of the College and University
The College of Education traces its roots back to the first teacher-training institution in Illinois. Founded in 1869 in Englewood, Illinois, as the Cook County Normal School, the college came under the control of the Chicago Board of Education in 1896, when it was called Chicago Teachers College.
In 1949, a branch of Chicago Teachers College was established on the North Side of Chicago. Chicago Teachers College (North Side) occupied its present location in 1961. In 1965, the name of the school was changed again to Illinois Teachers' College Chicago North, and control was transferred from the Chicago Board of Education to the Board of Governors of State Colleges and Universities.
In 1966, the Center for Inner City Studies was established as a branch on the South Side. It was renamed the Jacob Curruthers Center for Inner City Studies in January, 2005.
In 1967, the college was renamed yet again to Northeastern Illinois State College.
In 1971, the College became Northeastern Illinois University, which was given a mandate by the Illinois Legislature "to offer such courses of instruction as shall best serve to qualify teachers for the schools of the State; and to offer such other courses of instruction, conduct such research and offer such public services as are prescribed by the Board of Governors of State Colleges and Universities or its successor."
Finally, in January of 1996, the Board of Governors was disbanded, and each institution under its control, including Northeastern Illinois University, established its own Board of Trustees.