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School of Education

Transformative. Experiential. Dedicated.

Intentional. Collaborative.

Undergraduate Programs

Earn your bachelor’s degree and the credential you need to teach in early childhood, elementary, secondary, or K–12 school programs.

Graduate Programs

Advance your career with one of four master’s degrees, five approval or endorsement options, and a post-bachelor’s teacher license program.

Approvals & Endorsements

Enhance your undergraduate or graduate degree with approvals and endorsements that include ESL, bilingual, and special education.

A Word from the Dean

The School of Education at North Park University transforms communities through advancing the effective teaching, leadership, and learning practices of dedicated professionals who are committed to serving a diverse and ever-changing society. We prepare our graduates for meaningful impact and success through collaborative partnerships and real-world, hands-on application.

Interim Dean, Daniel Walsh

Be equipped to take the next step in your career and stay one step ahead of the curve.

Dedicated to the Craft

One hallmark of our students is their dedication to the craft of teaching. Wherever they go, our graduates invest fully in their students while serving and shaping a global society. That begins with a supportive educational environment, where our faculty and staff will take the time to meet your individual needs. Small class sizes, flexible scheduling, and one-on-one mentoring are a big part of our investment in you, and the foundation of your future investment in others.

A History of Excellence

For over 40 years, The School of Education has prepared educators to meet the needs of students in a complex, changing world. You’ll find this reflected in our reputation throughout Chicagoland and the state of Illinois. As you pursue your degree or advance your credentials at North Park, you’ll also gain access to a network of more than 125 partner schools, as well as hundreds of alumni. When you’re ready to take the next step, you won’t be alone.

Becoming a Teacher?

Earn the credentials you need to teach in early childhood, elementary, middle grades, senior high, and K–12 education in art, Spanish, music, and physical education. Early in your program, you’ll get experience in real classrooms. Before your traditional student teaching, you’ll observe a classroom, serve as a teacher’s aide, and do seven weeks of “mini-teaching.” Your advisor will match you with schools, giving you a full range of experience in public, private, suburban, and urban schools.

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Classroom Experiences

Already a Teacher?

The MA in Educational Leadership will prepare you to step into a teacher leader or principal role. The MA in Education will enhance your existing skills as a professional educator and help you take the next step in your career. The MA in Literacy, Language, and Culture will empower you to effectively educate students in multicultural classrooms.

Or expand and develop your career with an endorsement or approval.


Meet the Faculty

Our compassionate, experienced faculty spends time in the field to master the latest best practices and regularly contributes to advancing the framework of education. They will teach you best practices in education—and prepare you to lead and transform others wherever your career takes you.


Committed to creating competent, respectful, reflective, and dedicated educators.

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Getting Started With the School of Education

Finding your fit at North Park is straightforward, and we’ll be here to help you along the way. Here are the three most important steps.


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Keeping college affordable is as important to us as our expert faculty, vibrant community life, and student success. Use our tools for a basic estimate, including scholarships and financial aid options.

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