Institutes and Centers

Institute for Talent Development and Gifted Studies

The mission of the Institute is to be internationally recognized as the standard bearer of talent development and gifted education.  The Institute shares Northern Kentucky University’s three-part mission of teaching, scholarship, and public engagement by being a comprehensive and valued resource for students, teachers, and parents in the regional community; innovating educational technology best practices that support the precocious abilities of gifted and talented children; conducting rigorously applied research on topics relevant and useful to gifted and talented students, educators, and parents.


Center for Environmental Education

The Center for Environmental Education (CEE) is a Northern Kentucky University institute within the Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education and Human Services. As a member of the Kentucky University Partnership for Environmental Education the organization’s mission is to improve regional environmental literacy.


Northern Kentucky Center for Educator Excellence

The mission of the Center for Educator Excellence is to foster collaboration in the Northern Kentucky region to recruit, support, and retain highly qualified educators who will meet or exceed national standards as they prepare all children to be productive participants in the global, knowledge-based economy.


Training Resource Center

To assist the Department for Community Based Services in developing and facilitating a professional, modern training system for its staff and Foster Parents. Our mission, directly in line with NKU’s mission and values, is to support public engagement that advances the progress of the region through community collaboration.


Training and Development Center

The Training and Development Center (TDC) is a unique community-based service and training program that provides low-cost mental health services to underserved residents of northern Kentucky. The program is operated by the Department of Counseling, Social Work, and Leadership and serves as a high-quality training site for NKU students. In collaboration with NKU faculty and community mental health, criminal justice, and addiction services agencies, the TDC provides practicum and internship training and professional development experiences for students while assisting clients who would otherwise fall through cracks in the existing services systems.


National Network for the Study of Educator Dispositions

This network studies and examines educator dispositions and their effect on collegiality and student learning. The network hosts an annual conference for further exploration and discussion of educator dispositions.