College of Education

Online tool will help train teachers of students with visual impairments

NIU’s Department of Special and Early Education and the eLearning Services Digital Convergence Lab have secured a federal grant to develop an online training tool to meet the needs of teachers of students with visual impairments nationwide. The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services awarded the five-year, $500,000 grant in September. Stacy Kelly, an assistant professor…

Classroom motivation experts target out-of-school programs

Lee Shumow and Jennifer Schmidt
Jennifer Schmidt and Lee Shumow wrote the book – literally – for teachers seeking the best ways to motivate high school students to learn and love science. Now the educational psychology professors from the NIU College of Education are turning their attention to after-school and summer projects that enroll underserved and underrepresented youth. Schmidt and Shumow, who…

New grad program can mint board-certified behavior analysts

Northern Illinois University’s College of Education, through its Department of Special and Early Education (SEED), is adding a new graduate program that will allow individuals to meet the coursework requirements for becoming board-certified behavior analysts as part of a master’s degree or a stand-alone course sequence. NIU’s College of Education was recently awarded approval from the…

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