All NIU candidates for initial teacher certification must meet the following common requirements:
Certification candidates must also meet additional requirements identified by the academic departments; see individual program descriptions for specific requirements.
General Education - Completing NIU's general education requirements will satisfy NIU's teacher certification general education requirements. However, individual teacher certification programs may require additional general education courses as part of a specific major's course work requirements.
Degree Requirements - Many of the courses used to meet certification requirements can, if properly selected, be used to meet graduation or degree requirements. Students completing a degree at NIU, particularly at the undergraduate level, should consult their certification advisors to be sure that, to the extent possible, courses are selected that can be used to meet both sets of requirements.
State Testing - NIU does not require passage of the Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) prior to making its recommendation for certification by entitlement. However, passage of the APT is required before the certificate can be issued by the State Board of Education.
See the "Special Programs" section of this website for NIU requirements for a subsequent certificate.