Welcome to the Teacher Education Department (TED) in the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education at Northeastern Illinois University! The Teacher Education Department offers high quality learning opportunities and extensive clinical experiences to meet your personal and professional goals as a teacher candidate in Bilingual/Bicultural Education, Early Childhood Education, and Elementary Education. You will have the opportunity to interact with knowledgeable and caring faculty experienced in the Pre-K - Grade 12 classrooms who are ready to help you apply the latest research knowledge and best instructional practices in your teaching. You will engage in community and professional experiences that prepare you to teach all students in culturally and linguistically diverse school settings.


The Teacher Education Department encompasses:

  • Three undergraduate initial teacher licensure programs: for undergraduate candidates who wish to become licensed teachers in the State of Illinois in Bilingual Education, Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education.

  • Three Master of Arts initial licensure programs: for candidates who have a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching area and wish to receive a Master of Arts in Education and obtain a license to teach in Illinois in grades Pre-K to 8.

  • Master of Science in Teaching and Inquiry: for candidates who currently have their Illinois teaching license and/or are currently teaching and who wish to further their studies in Education through a master's degree program.

  • Teacher Licensure Program: for candidates who have a bachelor's degree in a non-teaching area and are seeking a teaching license without a master's degree.

All teacher preparation programs in the Teacher Education Department are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Education preparation (CAEP) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

Academic Programs



FOCUS Program

  • FOCUS Program - Bilingual/Bicultural Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Middle School Education.

Office of Clinical Experiences and Student Teaching

For more information concerning clinical experiences and student teaching, please visit the CEST Office.


Northeastern Illinois University offers a wide range of scholarships and grants for education majors.

For more information, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (773) 442-5000, or visit room D 200.

Secondary Education, K-12 Art, K-12 Music, K-12 Spanish or Physical Education

If interested in these programs, please go to the Department of Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies (EICS).

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