The Weekend Institute for Professional Development provides undergraduate students with course offerings on Friday evenings, Saturday mornings and afternoons, and Sunday afternoons at three sites:

  • El Centro, the University’s academic center for the Latino community at 3390 N Avondale, Chicago, IL 60618;
  • the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, an academic center serving the inner city communities at 700 East Oakwood Boulevard in the heart of Chicago, and
  • on the Northeastern Illinois University Main Campus.

Weekend Institute courses are offered in three tracks, Pre-Education and Professional Studies and other general courses. Students who complete the 10 courses (30 credit hours) in the Pre-Education track will satisfy all course work for admission into the College of Education. Additional College of Education admission requirements may be found on the College of Education web site. Students in the Professional track will take 10 courses (30 credit hours) that have been selected to enhance their skills in both business and organizational life.

Weekend Institute courses are open to all admitted undergraduate Northeastern Illinois University students whether they are interested in completing the entire track or are interested in taking a particular course. Prerequisites are required for some courses in both tracks.

Course offerings in the Pre-Education track include:

ENGL-101Writing I3
ENGL-102Writing II3
EDFN-305Philosophical And Historical Foundations Of Public Education3
EDFN-306Education And Individual Differences3
HIST-215United States History 1877-Present3
Cultural Studies One Course in Non-Western Cultural Studies
MATH-141College Mathematics I3
MATH-143College Mathematics II3
PSCI-216American National Government3
CMTC-101Public Speaking3

Course offerings in the Professional Studies track include:

ACTG-300Principles Of Accounting3
CS-100Computers And Society3
ENGL-335Written Communications For Business3
HRD-320Dynamics Of Working With Groups And Individuals3
Cultural Studies One Course in Non-Western Cultural Studies
MATH-112Statistics In Daily Life3
PSCI-341Public Administration3
SOC-316Race And Ethnic Relations3
CMTM-370Public Relations3
or CMTC-314 Organizational Communication

For further information, contact the Coordinator of the Weekend Institute:

Suzanne G. Benson, Ph.D. at the Northeastern Illinois University main campus, telephone (773) 442-5532, email