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Common Requirements for Advanced Licenses

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All NIU candidates for advanced licensure must meet the following common requirements:

  • Be at least 19 years of age, of good character, in sound health, and a citizen of or legally present in the United States;
  • Have at least an earned baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution;
  • Have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 (some programs require higher GPAs);
  • Complete the requirements for the state-approved, standards-based licensure program, including the "major area of specialization" for the area in which the certificate is sought;
  • Complete clinical experiences plus an internship or practicum as designated by the program;
  • Pass the Basic Skills Test (if not done previously); and
  • Pass the relevant test(s) of subject matter knowledge.

Candidates must also meet specific program requirements as established for the licensure area. These requirements differ significantly, so candidates should seek additional information through the program advisors.