Urban Teaching, M.Ed.

The Urban Teaching program is offered in partnership with the Academy for Urban School Leadership. It is designed to address the needs of novice teachers in high need, urban schools and to help them be effective and resilient teachers in urban turnaround schools.

In addition to National College of Education Graduate Admissions Requirements, applicants must:

  • Have, or be in the process of applying for, Illinois licensure, which includes passing the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or ISBE approved alternative
  • Have a 3.0 GPA in last 60 hours of coursework taken or a graduate degree
  • Be accepted into the AUSL program through their interview process
  • Note: The written statement and references are waived per the partnership agreement
  • Note: AUSL pays the application fee

Program Details:

  • Requires 34 SH for completion
  • Residents accepted into the program will be expected to remain in good standing throughout the program at NLU, but will also be evaluated regularly by AUSL and may be released from the program by either partner due to underperformance

Required Courses

MED Core - 8 SH

EPS541Cognition and Instruction

ESR505Educational Inquiry and Assessment

FND511Social and Cultural Politics of Education: Personal and Contextual Perspectives

Program Requirements - 26 SH

CIL500Foundations of ESL and Bilingual Education

CIL505Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language

CIL531Cross Cultural Education

ELE527Politics and Policy of Urban Education and Data Management


SEC527Politics and Policy of Urban Education and Data Management

EPS512Culturally Responsive Classroom Environment

EPS513Frameworks for Data Driven Instruction

RLR502Teaching Comprehension and Content Reading

TIE535Designing Active Learning Environments with Innovative Technologies

RLR501Teaching Beginning Reading


RLR540Teaching Content Area Literacy at the Middle and Secondary Level