Prospective Students

Northern Illinois University provides a one-of-a-kind learning experience and educator preparation programs that are both inspiring and life changing. From the moment you step foot on campus you will be engaged in a program that will help you launch a teaching career or enhance your professional standing. You will be taught by an internationally recognized faculty who provide a challenging, rigorous curriculum in a collaborative and engaging environment, drawn from their extensive work in educational policy and research.  You will be given unparalleled opportunities to work and take classes in the schools and practice your craft alongside of experienced master teachers and award-winning faculty.  All-in-all, NIU provides some of the best preparation programs in the country, something we have been doing since 1895.  

And in today’s world meeting the individual needs of each student is vital.  This is why Northern offers plenty of flexibility in course topics, options, research opportunities and program delivery, including cohorts, Professional Development Schools, weekend and even some online options.

We also build upon our huge alumni network, Huskies who teach right here in DeKalb and across the globe—we have graduates working in education in all fifty states and seven foreign countries. Others also agree, several of our programs, including History/Social Sciences and Literacy, have been named “model programs” by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)—a rating that comes from our peers in education across the nation. 

At NIU we will provide you with an academically challenging experience, but also with the support and encouragement to be successful. We offer a wide range of services and resources – as well as plenty of opportunities to get involved on campus and in the community.

So take a look around.  Use this site to begin your explorations about the teaching profession and learn about some of our programs.  Ask yourself, “What does it mean to be an educator?”  At Northern, you will find your answer.