National Louis University and High School District 214 in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs partnered to launch a first-of-its-kind in the nation program called Educator Prep.
It allows high school students, as early as freshman year, to declare their intention to become teachers, and supports them through high school and then college, through to employment as an educator in a primary or secondary school.
Educator Prep begins with a sequence of high school courses that provide students with an orientation to the career of education, opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge required to be an educator, authentic opportunities to observe and teach in a variety of classroom environments, and opportunities to gain early college credit in courses related to education.
After graduating from high school, students are able to continue in Educator Prep with NLU or another postsecondary partner. They will have the opportunity to gain a bachelor’s degree and teaching certification related to their career area of interest. Students will also receive continued professional support from and develop relationships with the program’s primary and secondary partners through clinicals, observations and professional development activities.
Students continuing the Educator Prep program at the postsecondary level will be guaranteed a student teaching placement in District 214 or one of its partner districts. Upon successful completion of student teaching, students will be guaranteed employment interviews with the primary and secondary partners if openings exist.
“Educator Prep ensures we can identify and develop the next generation of high quality teachers while also continuing to build the middle class in our communities,” wrote D214 Superintendent David Schuler.