Assistant Professor Teacher Preparation: Early Childhood Education

National Louis University

United States

November 10, 2021


Posting Details Tenure Status Professional Practice NT

Rank Assistant Professor Term Length 10 Months Terminal one year contract No Position Status Full Time Position Title Assistant Professor Teacher Preparation: Early Childhood Education Campus Chicago, IL -18 S. Michigan Ave If other, please specify Position Summary

The National College of Education at NLU seeks nominations and applications for graduate faculty in Early Childhood Education. This is a full-time professional practice Teacher Preparation faculty position (10-month contract) at the Assistant Professor rank (or rank commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position requires substantial early childhood expertise to support program growth and teach engaging, graduate level coursework. In addition to teaching in and shaping innovative programs at the Master's level including a growing teacher preparation residency program, the successful applicant will have opportunity to contribute to doctoral program development. Candidates with both higher education and PK-3 teaching experience, or experience teaching in various specialty/content areas, are highly desired.

National Louis University's National College of Education NLU's National College of Education enrolls close to 3,000 graduate students annually in teacher preparation, advanced teaching and learning, and educational leadership programs. We understand that teaching is a calling, a commitment, and a career. We partner with students at all levels—from new teacher preparation to advanced professional programs to doctoral degrees—guides all we do as we create today's teachers and tomorrow's leaders. Graduates frequently cite the National College of Education's top quality professors, convenient locations, flexible course offerings and affordability as hallmarks of their NLU experience. Our educators are found in 40% of Illinois public schools and 75% of Chicago Public Schools, collectively impacting the lives of 60,000 students each year.

At the National College of Education (NCE), our commitment to learning includes ourselves. We are dedicated to continuous learning, promoting exemplary teacher education and providing outreach and service to the schools where our graduates teach.

Founded in 1886, the National College of Education (NCE) at National Louis is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Primary Responsibilities

The successful candidate is an accomplished early childhood educator with a passion for developing pre-service teachers to their fullest potential. Each term, teaching responsibilities will include online, blended, or face to face classes that utilize technology and data to drive instruction. With an explicit focus on meeting the needs of diverse students, equity and culturally responsive teaching and learning, faculty and staff work collaboratively to support students and provide exemplary instruction. Experience in contemporary PK-3 classroom settings, and knowledge of the teacher preparation for early childhood educators is required. NCE faculty typically teach in a combination of traditional, residency and alternative programs. With strong growth in its early childhood programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and home to the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, NCE also seeks faculty who can engage in research and scholarship related to early childhood education. The opportunity for research, and to assist in the development of doctoral coursework in early childhood education, is part of this opportunity.

The successful candidate will, as part of the teacher preparation faculty team:

• Teach and facilitate student learning in assigned graduate courses in online, blended, and face to face modalities in traditional and residency programs

• Work with school-based personnel to mentor candidates and/or teacher residents and work in collaboration with cooperating teachers to support candidate success

• Collaborate with faculty to continuously assess and improve our CAEP- accredited ECE MAT Teacher Preparation program

• Engage in the learning-community life of National Louis University through engagement in meetings, committees, professional development, and collaborative projects with faculty and staff • Fulfill other faculty duties in Research & Scholarship, Service, and Professional Development & Engagement domains

This position will begin as early as the fall 2021 term, and will be based out of the NLU Chicago campus, and will require flexibility to teach/visit all of our campuses, and/or satellite sites depending on need. Supervision in the field is also required.

About NLU

National Louis University ( NLU) is looking to honor its past while defining a bold new future as a contemporary, comprehensive university that prepares diverse students for sustained professional success with a deep commitment to Access, Excellence, Innovation and Equity. The university is focused on inspiring and empowering all learners to be leaders ready to address tomorrow's challenges in the context of increasing global urbanization. NLU is dedicated to providing a career-building, life-changing education that is accessible to all students. The University offers 80 + programs within its five colleges: National College of Education, Kendall College of Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management, Undergraduate College, College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Business and Information Technology. The University serves over 9,700 students per year and has experienced unprecedented growth in its undergraduate programming. Most students are from Illinois, but the University also attracts students from throughout the U.S. and from around the world who take advantage of campus based, blended and online programming.

Founded in 1886, National Louis University is a private not-for-profit university offering programs through the doctoral level. NLU is also classified as an Engaged Institution by the Carnegie Foundation and has been named as a top ten institution by Money Magazine where its alumni believe they are making the world “a better place.” The University has had more Golden Apple Award winners among its graduates in teacher preparation than any institution across the state. The University has a deep commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and is among the top 25 most diverse national universities according to U.S. News and World Report (2019). The University has received more than $80 million in funding for applied research projects in urban development, childhood development, school improvement, and teacher preparation. NLU recognized as a national leader in closing the post-secondary completion through its innovative approach to undergraduate education.

NLU is located in the center of Chicago's downtown loop, across the street from the Art Institute, in an area which has been recognized as America's largest campus with over 25 institutions and 50,000 students attending a college across the city. In addition, the University has several suburban locations and a Florida regional campus.

Procedure for Candidacy

National Louis University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its students, faculty and staff. NLU is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive community and strongly encourages all qualified individuals to apply.

Candidate review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


  • Earned doctorate in an education discipline, early childhood development, or related field, and 3-5 years of teaching in PK-2 settings.
  • Demonstrated experience as an early childhood educator, preferably in both higher education and PK-12 settings
  • Demonstrated background in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the preparation of teachers to transform classrooms through high leverage teaching practices
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting social justice through an asset-based approach to teaching and learning in the early years, birth to grade 2.
  • Model excellence in teaching and have a strong foundation in promoting early childhood teacher candidate readiness to teach in diverse and inclusive school settings
  • Demonstrated experience and fluency teaching in online, blended and face to face settings using a learning management system.
  • Insight, experience and a background of research into teaching and learning in early childhood education
  • A passion for teaching and supervising practicum and student teachers who are placed in urban and other high-needs educational settings. Experience working with teacher residency programs is desirable.
  • An Illinois or equivalent professional educator's license and specialized endorsements are preferred
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    Documents Needed to Apply

    Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Transcript A
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Recommendation 1
  • Letter of Recommendation 2
  • Letter of Recommendation 3
  • Optional Documents

  • Resume
  • Other (Licenses, Certifications, Etc.)
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