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
Did you know that nearly 84% of our full-time students need some sort of financial aid, but only a quarter are currently receiving scholarship support? Can you imagine being one flat tire away from dropping out of school? These are the true challenges of obstacles of matching ambitions with realities. Our Project Graduate program helps juniors and seniors, who often must give up jobs or drastically reduce hours to participate in student-teaching and internships, to cross that finish line and graduate. Your gift could also assist students in buying textbooks, paying for exam fees or assisting with child care expenses.
COLLEGE STRATEGIC PRIORITIES
By supporting the College of Education’s strategic priorities, you help fund important and innovative new and current initiatives that keep us as a top college choice.