Northern Illinois University is accredited as an educator preparation institution by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
NIU has been continuously accredited by NCATE since 1954, the first year of NCATE accreditation.
All licensure programs offered by NIU have been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and relevant national accrediting groups.
Northern Illinois University is ranked as a Research University (high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Review and Reporting
Title II of the federal Higher Education Act requires that all teacher preparation institutions submit an annual report regarding their programs to the public, the state education agency and the U.S. Department of Education. This report provides information about the number of candidates completing Licensure programs at the institution, the candidates' performance on state Licensure tests and the institution's accreditation status. For more information, see the most recent Title II Report for Northern Illinois University.
At least every seven years, the Illinois State Board of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) formally review all aspects of Northern Illinois University's Licensure programs. This review includes an on-site campus visit as well as analysis of extensive required documentation about the university's programs. The results of this review can range from full accreditation and program approval to provisional approval to non-recognition. Based on its most recent review, NIU holds full accreditation from both NCATE and the State Board of Education.
Between the formal ISBE and NCATE reviews, NIU is required to submit annual reports to each accrediting body. In addition, the university regularly reports to the Illinois Board of Higher Education regarding its certification programs.