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Assistant/Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education

National Louis University
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Teacher Education - Early Childhood


Job Overview


The National College of Education at National Louis University (NLU) invites applications for a faculty position in Early Childhood Education graduate programs. This is a full-time, 10-month, open-ranking position (Assistant/Associate) faculty position.

The successful candidate will possess expertise in early childhood education to support the growth of teacher preparation programs and to teach graduate-level coursework at the master’s level. Additionally, there will be opportunities for the successful applicant to contribute to the development of a doctoral program. Candidates with experience teaching in higher education, working in birth – Grade 2 settings, or holding positions in early childhood program administration and leadership are highly desired.


NLU’s National College of Education understands that serving PreK-22 students as teachers and school leaders is a calling, a commitment, and a career. Our unique partnership style 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.

Our programs are designed with the needs of our students in mind. Graduates frequently cite the National College of Education’s top-quality professors, convenient locations, flexible course offerings, and affordability. Most of all, the commitment to “real world” progressive education is unparalleled. NCE graduates make a difference. 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 NCE, our commitment to learning includes ourselves. We have recently created four new programs and evolved an additional 21 programs to more appropriately address the needs of today’s educators.


You are a lifelong learner who brings passion to teaching because you know the power of transformative learning. You see disability as a form of human diversity and not a deficit. You understand that students' identities are complex and intersectional and embody their learning. You are an accomplished educator with significant PreK-22 experience who is committed to effective and affirming education practices based on inclusion and belonging for all students. You are an experienced leader who has successfully guided classrooms, schools, districts, and/or communities through meaningful change. You have an abiding interest in research and theory related to teaching and disability that informs your practice. You believe in the power of practitioner-research and will support our candidates as they become teachers who both draw on research to inform teaching and research their practice. You are a respectful collaborator who values your students' and colleagues' races, cultures, ways of knowing and being, opinions, perspectives, and experiences. You are deeply motivated by a desire to work in a learning community that aims for academic excellence through an affirmation of human diversity.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Maintaining a teaching load of 24 semester hours of graduate courses across Fall, Winter, and Spring terms.
  • Teaching includes developing and teaching core special education and related courses and creating and fostering an inclusive learning environment for all students, as well as advising and mentoring graduate students on their academic and professional goals. 
  • Engaging in the thought leadership responsibilities of a professional practice faculty member. This includes but is not limited to collaborating with colleagues on curriculum and course development, grant proposals, and extracurricular activities as well as maintaining expertise in the areas of special education research, policy, and practice. 
  • Contributing to the university through service, including mentoring and advising responsibilities for graduate students, service to the department through program improvement and development, program recruitment, and program accreditation efforts, service to the college (e.g., through committee work), and service to the larger university, community, and profession.
  • Supporting and leading efforts at the course, department, college, and university levels to address educational justice using an intersectional lens. Efforts include curriculum improvement and development as well as departmental and university committees, initiatives, and activities related to advancing racial, disability, and social justice. 
  • Maintaining and enhancing community engagement and existing partnerships with community agencies and schools. This includes working alongside other faculty members, leadership, and students to build relationships with administrators, teachers, and community organization leaders.

Qualifications Skills and Competencies

  • Doctorate earned in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or a related field.
  • 3-5 years of experience in teaching or leadership roles within early childhood settings (from birth to Grade 2).
  • Demonstrated expertise as an early childhood educator, preferably within Pre-K to Grade 2 settings.
  • Proven experience and proficiency in teaching across various higher education platforms, including online, blended, and face-to-face formats.
  • Demonstrated or planned scholarly research agenda focused on early childhood education.
  • Willingness to teach and supervise practicum and student teachers placed in urban and high-needs educational environments.
  • Strong commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as promoting social justice in education.

Application deadline is January 1, 2025

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