Student Fast Facts


Students in the NIU Department of Special and Early Education are preparing themselves to enable and empower unique populations – young children who need a solid foundation for their learning or people of all ages with various special needs. Many come to us fueled with personal motivation for these careers, a passion that drives their dedication to study and commitment to success.

  • 95 percent are satisfied or very satisfied with their program.
  • 97 percent feel prepared or very well prepared for future roles.
  • 95 percent indicated early field experiences were helpful or very helpful.
  • Over 95 percent of undergraduate candidates obtained jobs after graduation.
  • Over 96 percent met or exceeded standards on rigorous assignments.
  • 26 completed Honors projects.
  • Seven co-authored six manuscripts with faculty.
  • 34 co-presented 30 presentations with faculty.
  • 162 completed internships in Illinois, Texas and abroad.
  • 12 served on department and university committees.
  • 102 lived in the TEACH House.
  • 279 volunteered in the community.
  • Our candidates far exceed the minimal number of hours in field experiences that the state requires.
  • Our candidates are awarded over $20,000 in department scholarships annually.