Special Certificates of Advanced Study

NIU provides a number of programs that result in a special certificate of advanced study issued by the university. These programs, some of which are listed below, provide continuing professional development for practicing teachers. They may also meet the requirements for teachers to move from Initial to Standard certification or to renew their Standard and Master certificates.

Advanced Teaching Practices

This NIU certificate program is designed for teachers who wish to hone their teaching knowledge and skills before engaging in the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification process. The required 15 hours may be used toward a master's or doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction, and they may also be used to meet Illinois ' teacher certification renewal requirements. For more information, contact Dr. Joyce Lieberman in the College of Education at 815-753-5611.

Earth Science Education

This 18-semester hour certificate program is designed for individuals who wish to attain graduate-level preparation in content and pedagogy for teaching earth science in middle and high schools. For information, contact the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences at 815-753-1943.

English Education

This 15-semester hour certificate recognizes the successful completion of a set of courses designed to enhance the professional qualifications of teachers of English in the secondary schools. For more information, contact the Department of English at 815-753-0611.

Elementary Math Teaching

This 12-semester hour graduate certificate is designed to provide continuous professional development for elementary teachers. For additional information, contact the Department of Mathematical Sciences at 815-753-6780.

Eating Disorders and Obesity

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Eating Disorders and Obesity is a 12 credit program utilizing the study of nutrition, family studies, and body image to prepare professionals for the prevention and management of eating disorders and obesity. Participants must have a degree in family, consumer, and nutrition sciences or related undergraduate or graduate degree. It is recommended that the student have introductory coursework in nutrition, psychology, and family relationships.  For more information, contact the School of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences at 815-753-6333.

Blind Rehabilitation/Orientation and Mobility

Northern Illinois University offers an on-campus graduate program in Orientation and Mobility that leads to a Master of Science in Education degree from the College of Education . Individuals who complete the program are eligible to apply for nationally recognized professional certification through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP).

NIU also offers an on-campus graduate program in rehabilitation teaching (RT) of adults with visual disabilities. The RT program leads to a Master of Science in Education degree from the College of Education . Individuals who complete the program are eligible to apply for nationally recognized professional certification through the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP). For more information, contact Jodi Sticken in the College of Education, (815) 753-8456 .

Special Education Advanced Study

Special Education Advanced Study - Individuals who already hold an LBS I certificate can earn certificates of graduate study in four areas: behavior intervention specialist, curriculum adaptation specialist, multiple disabilities specialist, and technology specialist. These 18-hour programs, which also lead to a state-issued LBS II certificate with one or more areas of specialization, can be completed as free-standing programs by graduate candidates who do not wish to complete a master's degree, or as part of a M.S. Ed. in Special Education with a specialization in Advanced Special Education Practice. The M.S. Ed. program is designed to allow completion of requirements for two certificates of graduate study, and hence two LBS II specialist areas, within the minimum requirements for the degree program. Each of the four, 18 hour programs include an introductory seminar in which participants read, interpret, synthesize, and apply research and theoretical literature related to current issues in the areas of inclusive education and curriculum adaptation, instruction and assistive technologies, individual and school wide interventions to prevent and reduce problem behaviors, and instructional, medical, and social support to students with multiple disabilities. Each program also includes a capstone course (TLSE 593) in which candidates complete 20 hours of clinical experience in a diverse setting and complete a professional development project requiring application of knowledge and strategies to school needs.

Throughout the programs, candidates will be prepared to function in a case management role and to collaborate effectively with families.

To identify other NIU certificates of advanced study, please check the most recent graduate catalog and/or contact a program advisor in the College of Education, College of Health and Human Sciences, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, or the College of Visual and Performing Arts.