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Educate Local


Educate Local provides teacher licensure candidates the opportunity to gain experience and develop their perspective of education through volunteering, observing and participating in various campus, community, and educational settings. 

As Educate Local participants, teacher candidates will begin to build their professional portfolio during their freshman year and continue through graduation.  These opportunities provide candidates with the added value of experience and a depth of understanding that will support and enrich their teacher preparation.

The College of Education, in collaboration with our community partners and the Center for P-20 Engagement, have established a variety of professional development opportunities and experiences.  Educate Local events occur at various times throughout the year, with time commitments ranging from a few hours to a full day.

Students wishing to participate in Educate Local programs should be in one of the following COE programs:

  • Early Education

  • Elementary Education

  • Middle Grades Teaching and Learning

  • Physical Education

  • Special Education

For more information contact Jennifer Johnson at 815-753-4265 or or Portia Downey at 815-753-5072 or

Current Opportunities

Open Door Project
March 28, April 4, 11, 25, 2017
District 88 Lincoln Elementary, Bellwood, IL
Early Childhood Candidates in SEEC 403

Project SLIDE (Science Literacy in Diverse Education)
April 7 and April 21, 2017
CUSD 300, Glenview Elementary School, Carpentersville, IL
385 Teacher Candidates in Dianne Zalesky’s and Gary Swick’s courses

Altus Academy
Chicago, IL
April 28, 2017 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
TLEE 382 Elementary Education Teacher Candidates from Trish Hayden’s course

NIU edCamp
April 27, 2017 4:00-8:30 p.m.
Kaneland Harter middle School
Free Registration
Sign up for free bus transportation to the conference site.

Volunteer Opportunities

STEM Read - I Survived
Register to volunteer
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Destination ImagiNation
Register to Volunteer
Saturday, April 8, 2017 

Evidence Participation Certification

Print the participation certificate, have it signed, then forward it to Portia Downey.

Contact Us

Dean's Office
General Information
Phone 815-753-1949
Graham Hall 321

Student Services
Phone 815-753-8352
Gabel Hall 138

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