Students and faculty – united by a common vision and shared dedication - work together to transform the classroom, our school systems and the communities around us. 

In the spirit of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Christian Brothers and the Patron Saint of Educators, we believe in educating both the mind and spirit. De La Salle was known for his innovative teaching methods and creation of schools that focused on students’ needs and teaching approaches that worked best. His commitment to social justice was born out of a devotion to provide a practical education for all, so that every person can make a difference in society.

Our faculty are committed to De La Salle’s purpose and vocation, in creating graduates who are critical thinkers and passionate about social justice. You will learn with your peers in classrooms and in field-based experiences. You will be exposed to a variety of cultures and communities. Lewis has a strong reputation of working with school districts and law enforcement in the greater Chicago region.

Lewis is especially good at preparing graduates who support the learning and development of our youth. We currently have 400 graduate students who are enrolled in education, school counseling, social work and our school nurse programs, all of which are nationally accredited.

The College of Education and Social Sciences prepares students for careers in education, law enforcement and public safety, political science, sociology, psychology and social work.


The Center for Community Research and Education supports partnerships between 鶹Ƶ and local organizations to develop research and educational programming that meets the social and educational needs of the community.

Degree Programs

Accreditations / Affiliations

All teacher preparation programs are approved for entitlement by the Illinois State Board of Education in conjunction with the Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board.

The Bachelor of Social Work Program and the Master of Social Work Program are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation.

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the following program in the Department of Psychology at 鶹Ƶ: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A., retroactive to July 14, 2019.


Undergraduate Students

Office of Admission
(815) 836-5250

Graduate Students

(815) 836-5610

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