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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.

The Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education 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 the beautiful Main Campus. With over 25 different programs, majors and certificates in six departments, the College maintains excellence in all educational standards and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Colleges of Teacher Education, 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.

The College offers classes and several degree programs at: 

El Centro

Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies

University Center of Lake County

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Important Information About the College

If you intend to pursue a career as a teacher at Northeastern Illinois University in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Health Education, Physical Education, Visual Arts Education, Music Education or MSTQE and do not yet have the required passing ACT or TAP score, we want to make you aware of free workshops the Goodwin College of Education is offering this spring.  

By taking these free workshops, we are confident that you can reach the minimum required ACT or TAP score.

Our specialized ACT (or TAP) Summer Preparation workshops will meet for two-hours, two evenings a week for six weeks and will be offered in the areas of Mathematics and Reading Comprehension. You are free to register for one or both workshops, however, space is limited.

The schedule, which begins the week of May 21 and runs through the week of June 28, will be as follows:

  • Reading Comprehension ACT Workshop: Monday and Wednesday (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.)
  • Math ACT Workshop: Tuesday and Thursday (4:30 to 6:30 p.m.)

Please register for one or both workshops no later than Monday, May 7, by completing the online Registration Form.

We hope you will participate and allow us the opportunity to help you reach your career goals.

My best,

​Sandra Beyda-Lorie​, Dean

Online registration required. Space is limited.

Goodwin College News and Activities

FREE Summer Workshops

Who: For students seeking admission to the Goodwin College of Education but who do not have the minimum required passing score on the ACT or TAP.

What: Two specialized workshops in Reading Comprehension and Mathematics that meet for two hours, two evenings a week for six weeks.

Week of May 21, 2018-June 28, 2018

When: 4:30-6:30 p.m.

  • Reading Comprehension: (May 21-June 27, 2018) Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Mathematics: (May 22-June 28, 2018) Tuesdays and Thursdays

Where: 4th Floor of the Library at TRIO by LIB 412: (773) 442-4972

Grow Your Own Illinois 

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.

Dear Grow Your Own supporter,

We are excited to announce that Grow Your Own Teachers is now accepting applications for our Chicago area program, with a deadline of September 15.

Grow Your Own is a teacher pipeline program established to increase teacher diversity in Illinois public schools. GYO provides extensive support for students pursuing a career in teaching, in exchange for a commitment to teach for five years in high-needs public schools.

Supports that make a difference:

  • Financial support for tuition assistance, and when needed, emergency expenses
  • Academic support, with an Academic Coordinator who works with students to keep them on track to graduate
  • Test prep for the TAP, ACT or SAT, as well as tutoring and other support to master class subjects
  • A cohort of other prospective teachers who meet monthly to support each other, tackle the issues facing them and better prepare for the classroom

Who are Grow Your Own students?

  • Undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in teaching
  • Students enrolled in their college of education or a master’s program to gain their license
  • Adults who are returning to college with the intent of becoming a licensed teacher
  • Graduates who hold a bachelors degree and are pursuing a teaching license
How to apply: Apply NOW

Candidates will need to provide college transcripts and/or proof of high school graduation (or GED), a writing sample, documentation of ACT, SAT or TAP score, and two letters of recommendation.

Basic eligibility requirements include: a GED or high school diploma, demonstrated commitment to your community, at least an 18 on ACT, 935 on SAT or passing one section on the TAP test.

For more information, you can contact Kenneth Snyder at or (773) 614-6619

Literacy, Leadership, and Development

In a recent study by the Illinois Council of Professors of Educational Administration (ICPEA) of twenty institutions offering master's degrees in educational administration leading to the Illinois school principal endorsement, NEIU’s program reported having over 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 Sep. 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. 


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