Earn your bachelor’s degree and the credentials you need to teach in early childhood, elementary, secondary, or K–12 school 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 degree with approvals and endorsements including ESL, bilingual, and special education.
A Word from the Dean
The School of Education 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.
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. 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, you’ll also gain access to a network of more than 125 partner schools, as well as hundreds of alumni.
Becoming a Teacher?
Earn the credentials you need to teach in early childhood, elementary, middle grades, senior high, and K–12 education.
All students are required to create a resume before beginning their clinical experiences. We’ve compiled some helpful resources to help get you started.
13 Best Practices for Beating an Applicant Tracking System
Office of Career Development Resources
Meet the Faculty
Our experienced faculty spend time in the field to master the latest best practices and contribute to advancing the framework of education. They will prepare you to lead and transform others wherever your career takes you.
Content Exam Resources
Follow the steps below to prepare for your content exam.
- Go to the Illinois Licensure Testing System website.
- Click on “Prepare” on the main menu.
- Select the applicable assessment.
- Review the preparation materials, especially section #3 in the study guide, “What’s on the test? Test design and framework.” This is an excellent resource that lists all of the topics that could be tested per objective.
The following resources are not affiliated with NPU and we do not formally endorse them. Please use your best judgement or consult with a School of Education advisor for advice.
Study.com ILTS Elementary Education Study Guide
240 Tutoring (North Park students receive a 50% discount at 240 Tutoring. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the discount code.)
Committed to creating competent, respectful, reflective, and dedicated educators.
School of Education Viewbook
Take a quick look at some facts about the School of Education.