The Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education has transformed the teaching landscape of Chicago. Our roots trace back to the first teacher education institution in Chicago founded in 1867.

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The Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education (GCOE) at Northeastern is the University’s oldest academic unit. Our pioneering emphasis on urban education has become increasingly important, winning many awards for best practices in global diversity.

Education classes and offices are located on our beautiful Main Campus. With more than 25 different programs, majors and certificates in six departments, the College maintains excellence in all educational standards and is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation, the premier accrediting body approved by the U.S. Department of Education. The summary pass rate for all state required certification tests for all program completers is 98 percent.

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The Jean Burke Carlson and Diane Berger Ehrlich Memorial Lectureship: Dr. Moogega Cooper

7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022
Main Campus, Alumni Hall
Free and open to the public

Read more information regarding Dr. Cooper's lecture.

Preparation for the ilts content area exam - Fall 2022

A series of free, weekly workshops via Zoom starting the week of Aug. 28, 2022.

Workshops for an effective approach to the Content Exam:

  • Understand the subareas test objectives
  • Assess your readiness and become familiar with the nature of the questions through the review of sample questions
  • Strategies for reading quickly with good comprehension
  • Location of materials and online resources for practice
  • Special emphasis on literacy knowledge subareas/objectives

Zoom Interactive Workshops conducted with Dr. Jo Ann Karr, Test Prep and Literacy Coach.

Complete this application and confirmation of space reserved, if available, will be sent back.

For further information, email Dr. Karr at

Dean's List

The Dean's List recognizes students in the Goodwin College of Education who have achieved academic success in fall or spring semesters. The criteria for eligibility include: a semester GPA of 3.80 or higher for the semester being awarded; education major must have been declared by the start of the semester being awarded; successful completion of six or more credit hours, without any incomplete grades. 

Congratulations to our students!

Future Teachers Living Learning Community

The Goodwin College of Education invites you to participate in its Future Teachers Living Learning Community (LLC). Teacher candidates accepted into the Future Teachers LLC will live in the University's on-campus residence hall, The Nest, for the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters at no cost.
The Future Teachers Living Learning Community is designed for NEIU students admitted to the Goodwin College of Education and those preparing to become teachers. Over the course of the year, you will have the opportunity to interact and learn from other teacher candidates in a community environment. You also will have opportunities to participate in school-based service projects, engage in professional development activities, and meet Goodwin College of Education faculty and Chicago area teachers and school administrators. Read more regarding the Future Teachers LLC at Living Learning Communities | Northeastern Illinois University.

This program is for pre-service teachers who are juniors, seniors and graduate students.Those accepted will receive a 100% housing scholarship for residence in The Nest.

The Future Teachers LLC application is now open. The application will close on June 1, 2022. To apply for the Future Teachers LLC, complete the NEIU LLC Housing Application and select Future Teachers Living Learning Community.

Grow Your Own Illinois 

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Grow Your Own (GYO) Illinois is a 501c3 non-profit that advances the efforts of the GYO consortia to achieve equity, excellence and diversity in the new teacher pipeline and the teaching force. The priorities of GYO Illinois include:

  • Creating a pipeline of highly qualified teachers of color (GYO defines highly qualified as pedagogical and subject matter content mastery and a high degree of cultural competence).
  • Supporting GYO teachers once they are in the classroom.
  • Advocating to close the teacher-student diversity gap across Illinois.

Chicago 5 Grow Your Own Illinois

Dear Grow Your Own supporter,

Illinois is currently facing a teacher shortage. To address this pressing need, Grow Your Own Teachers (GYO) is actively recruiting individuals from communities of color to become licensed teachers. The Chicago area program has just opened its application period, and more are opening soon. 

With GYO’s assistance, selected candidates will complete a teacher licensing program at a university of their choice. In exchange, participants commit to working as a classroom teacher for at least five (5) years in a high needs public school in Illinois.

We ask that you share this email with your colleagues, friends, and acquaintances who have the enthusiasm, commitment and capacity to teach in the most demanding schools. GYO will ensure that everyone has the resources they need to succeed.

Who are GYO candidates?

  • Staff working in their local schools who have a desire to pursue classroom teaching.
  • Community members who are interested in enrolling in or returning to college with the intent of becoming a licensed teacher.
  • Undergraduates who are interested in pursuing a career in teaching, but have not yet been admitted to their college of education.
  • Students already enrolled in a college of education or a master’s degree program to obtain a teaching license.

Candidates can rely on GYO to have their backs!

If accepted, candidates receive individual mentoring and a wide range of supports including:

  • Financial assistance for tuition, books, and fees
  • Academic support with a coordinator who keeps candidates on track to graduate
  • Wrap-around services that support candidates, even when the unexpected happens
  • A peer group of prospective teachers who meet monthly to build relationships and prepare for the classroom

What are the deadlines?

  • GYO’s online application for Chicago and Lake County applicants will be available starting March 15, 2022. The deadline to submit the completed application is April 15, 2022.

Candidates will need to provide college transcripts and/or proof of a high school degree (or GED), a writing sample, and two letters of recommendation. Basic eligibility requirements include a GED or high school diploma, Illinois residency, and a demonstrated commitment to your community. For more information, contact GYO at or (773) 322-7419.

Master of Arts in Community & teacher leaders

Fall 2022 Edition

Literacy, Leadership, and Development

In a recent study by the Illinois Council of Professors of Educational Administration (ICPEA) of 20 institutions offering master's degrees in educational administration leading to the Illinois school principal endorsement, NEIU’s program reported having more than 200 students. This was the largest number of enrolled students of all reporting institutions and represents 14 percent of the total reported State of Illinois population. On Sept. 1, 2012, Illinois law closed the window for candidates seeking admission to schools in Illinois for the Type 75 Illinois Certification program. The state created a new endorsement titled "Principal Endorsement," which has replaced the Type 75 certification. On Sept. 7, 2012, NEIU was approved by the Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB) to offer a program leading to the Principal Endorsement. NEIU received a perfect score on the state's 171-item, 46-page application rubric. During the last five years, the program’s enrollment has grown from its origin of thirteen students and houses programs at the Main Campus, University Center of Lake County, and in school districts with cohorts.

Curriculum Infusion of Real Life Issues (CIRLI)

K-12 Teachers may receive five CPDUs from the Goodwin College of Education by completing a free online module on the Curriculum Infusion of Real Life Issues (CIRLI). The online module enables teachers to effectively engage students in learning by providing life issues curriculum relevant to students’ lives. The CIRLI online module prepares teachers to:

  • better understand diverse student cultures and the life issues that students face.
  • integrate study of pressing life issues such as substance abuse, bullying and immigration/immigrant rights into classes across disciplines and grade levels.
  • incorporate evidence based prevention strategies that promote resistance to problems like substance abuse and bullying that interfere with student educational and personal development.
  • design life issues class activities and assignments that help students reach Common Core State Standards.

The module was developed by Northeastern Illinois University faculty members who have more than 25 years of successful experience facilitating the development of life issues curriculum.

View the CIRLI online module.