The School of Education is committed to fostering values of scholarship, leadership and service among teacher candidates and their students.

By offering a course of study that emphasizes the acquisition of professional knowledge, the expansion of personal insight and an appreciation of diversity, the School of Education continues to further the mission of Dominican University.

Our graduate education programs are built on a solid academic foundation and integrate the core values of rigorous scholarship, collaborative leadership and a commitment to service. Every program combines a theoretical base with an intensive practicum experience, giving our candidates broad exposure to the responsibilities of the teaching and administrative positions they aspire to attain.

In each course you will experience how the School of Education accepts and witnesses to the Dominican Catholic tradition while encouraging respect for other traditions. In partnership with internationally recognized faculty, you will prepare to be a teacher and an educational leader. You will explore the latest educational research, integrate instructional technologies into curricula, and develop the knowledge and skills to address the diverse learning and social-emotional needs of today’s students.

We offer several master’s degree programs, graduate endorsement and approval programs, and undergraduate programs. Each course of study will further your professional development and capacity to contribute to education in grades P-12 in metropolitan Chicago and the nation.


The School of Education is housed on Dominican's Main Campus in River Forest, just 10 miles west of downtown Chicago.

Dominican University
7900 West Division Street
River Forest, IL 60634


Dominican University's School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

NCATE standards are performance-based, focusing on the ability of teacher candidates to demonstrate the subject matter knowledge and professional skills necessary to help all students learn. Institutions must provide evidence that teacher education programs include qualified faculty and a commitment to preparing teachers to use educational technology.

Recognized as a professional accrediting body for teacher preparation by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education, NCATE seeks to “make a difference in the quality of teaching.”

Dominican is committed to providing the highest-quality teacher education programs and believes that teacher candidates who graduate from NCATE-accredited institutions are better prepared for licensing and advanced certifications and to meet the challenges of today’s classroom.

Alumnae/i Association

All graduates of the School of Education belong to the Graduate Education Alumnae/i Association and receive School of Education newsletters. Many appear as guest speakers in various classes and mentor current students. School of Education graduates teach and administer in the Archdiocese of Chicago, the dioceses of Joliet, Rockford and Springfield, the Chicago Public Schools, countless public school districts, and religiously affiliated and independent nonpublic schools in Illinois and throughout the United States.


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