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NIU's College of Education is Thousands Strong!

The NIU College of Education’s mission is to prepare the next generation of teachers, athletic trainers, college professors, counselors, technology specialists, exercise scientists, principals, researchers, school business managers, superintendents and more. Over the past 125 years, we have done just that. Last year, NIU graduates accounted for 1 of every 5 superintendents in Illinois, 1 of every 9 principals in Illinois and 1 out of every 16 teachers in Illinois.

Modern times are making our original purpose – preparing college-educated teachers – more critical than ever as the nation faces a critical shortage of teachers.

We strive to give students in every College of Education program the best experience and preparation possible. You can make a difference. We encourage you to help by donating to one of the following areas, all of which align with our commitment to high-quality teaching, rigorous research and engaged service, as we prepare students to lead in their chosen profession


Student Scholarships

Did you know that nearly 84 percent of our full-time students need some sort of financial aid, but only a quarter are receiving scholarship support? Our recruitment and retention scholarships help us attract and retain the best and brightest students, regardless of their financial situations. Your generosity can enable these smart and talented students to come to NIU – and stay until they graduate. Your gift also could assist students in buying textbooks, paying for exam fees and funding travel for internships or student-teaching.


Engaged Learning Opportunities

Our “Educate and Engage” series enables students to learn and teach in our service region, in different states such as Texas, Colorado, Indiana and North Dakota, and even across the globe in Taiwan, Sri Lanka and Finland. Our travelers return with eyes and minds opened to highly diverse populations and places, and ready to translate those perspectives to their careers. We’re proud to offer these local, U.S. and global experiences at little or no cost through donor support so that our students can apply what they learn in diverse, real-world settings.


College Strategic Priorities

When you support our college’s strategic priorities, you allow us to fund important initiatives, including: development of new and innovative curriculum; maintenance and updating of our technology and facilities; and travel for our faculty, staff and students to participate in, and share, research with colleagues.


The Landgraf Thousands Strong Day of Giving Participation Challenge
NIU Foundation Board Member John ‘74, M.S. ‘75 and Anne ‘73 Landgraf want to see Huskie Nation set a new Day of Giving record. When 2,000 gifts are made during Thousands Strong: Day of Giving, a gift of $400,000 will be unlocked into the Day of Giving totals to support student scholarships.
2,000 / 2,000 Gifts
Day of Giving College Leaderboard-Dollars Raised
Where is your NIU college on the Day of Giving leaderboard for dollars raised?
Rank College Raised
1 College of Business $402,119.80
2 College of Education $54,957.00
3 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences $50,115.12
4 College of Law $32,316.00
5 College of Health & Human Sciences $21,422.00
6 College of Visual & Performing Arts $14,602.50
7 College of Engineering & Engineering Tech $5,286.00
Day of Giving College Leaderboard-Number of Gifts
Where is your NIU college on the Day of Giving leaderboard for number of gifts?
Rank College Gifts
1 College of Business 265
2 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 185
3 College of Education 140
4 College of Health & Human Sciences 83
5 College of Law 79
6 College of Visual & Performing Arts 79
7 College of Engineering & Engineering Tech 31
College of Education Dean's Challenge
The Dean of the College of Education, Dr. Laurie Elish-Piper, wants to start the Day of Giving off right. When COE reaches 10 total donors, she will add $1,000 to our giving day totals.
10 / 10 Gifts
Yvonne Johnson Challenge
When the College of Education reaches 25 gifts during Thousands Strong Day of Giving, a $3,500 gift from alumna Yvonne Johnson, '51 will unlock into the College of Education totals.
25 / 25 Gifts
Sunshine Charitable Foundation/Denise Bunning Challenge
College of Education alumna Denise A. Bunning, M.S. Ed, '89 wants to inspire giving toward the College of Education. When 50 people make a gift to support the College of Education, her family foundation, Sunshine Charitable Foundation, will gift $10,000 into our giving day totals.
50 / 50 Gifts
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