State law requires that all in-state candidates for certification successfully pass designated
tests of the candidates'knowledge and skills in relation to the Illinois educator standards.
The Illinois Certification Testing System has three components.
The State Board of Education certification web pages provide comprehensive information about the certification testing system, test dates and locations, procedures, and costs. That website also links candidates to study guides and other materials to help prepare for the state tests.
NIU provides several programs to help candidates for certification prepare for the tests. Because of the importance of these certification tests, candidates are strongly urged to talk with their advisors about test preparation options, scheduling, and other testing matters.