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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 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.

Educate Local programs are for students in:

  • 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

Contact Portia Downey at with questions about any of these opportunities.

Open Door Project

March 20, 27 and April 10, 17

  • Early childhood candidates in SEEC 403
  • District 88 Lincoln Elementary, Bellwood, IL
  • Instructed by Natalie Young


(date pending)

  • Opportunity to attend a local educational conference.
  • Free night of professional development.
  • Transportation will be provided from NIU.

Spring Huskie Food Drive

April 16 - April 20

Volunteer to help pass out information, collect food, or work at the food pantry.

Altus Academy

Thursday, April 12

  • Opportunity to teach for one day in a non-profit school in Chicago
  • Transportation, lesson plans and materials will be provided

Project SMILE (Science Math Literacy in Diverse Education)

Monday, April 23

  • Elementary education teacher candidates in Science and Math Methods with Gary Swick and Mary Shafer
  • CUSD 300 Glenview Elementary, Carpentersville, IL

NIU Cares Day

Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 8 a.m.-noon

For more information email

Evidence Participation Certification

Print the participation certificate, have it signed, then send to Portia Downey at

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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