Rankings & Recognition

 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Linda M. NelsonLinda M. Nelson
B.A. ’69
M.S.Ed. ’73
C.A.S. ’74

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Fast Fact

Most first-year teachers with NIU degrees believe they were prepared well to teach their primary subject areas and to implement developmentally appropriate instruction. Nearly 98 percent say they feel they meet the Illinois Professional Learning Standards regarding education as a profession and its benchmarks of professional conduct. They give good grades to their classroom instruction at NIU and their pre-service clinical experiences.


College of Education

NIU's College of Education continues the institution's 100-year history of preparing professional educators for the region and nation. There are over 50,000 College of Education alumni, and over 60 percent live in Illinois. One in four superintendents in Illinois is a graduate of our programs.

College of Education Earns National Rankings

Top Online Programs 2014 - U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report

  • Best Online Graduate Education Programs: NIU’s College of Education ranks #1 nationally


College of Education Earns Academic Prestige



428 NIU partnership


  • NIU partners with 19 area school districts including DeKalb District 428, preparing the next generation of superior teachers in professional development schools