About the College of Education
As one of the oldest and largest education colleges in the greater Chicago metropolitan area, Northeastern's College of Education offers 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 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. To accomplish this mission, the College pursues collaborative and systematic strategies which will continue to improve teaching, learning, research and service. The goals include:
- Developing professionals who will teach, train, consult, and counsel; in becoming leaders who facilitate learning, scholarship and creativity throughout life.
- Developing, applying and disseminating research that results in new knowledge, improved practice and greater levels of achievement by instructors, learners, families, communities and organizations.
- Strengthening a commitment to serve schools, communities, business, industry and the professions.
The College of Education philosophy is based on a concepetual framework with the theme of Reflective Professionals Building Learning Communities. A set of belief statements and professional attitudes has been established to provide assumptions regarding the kind of reflective professionals NEIU strives to develop. Click here to view the details of the Conceptual Framework.
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. Click here to view the complete history.