Educator Licensure, Secondary Science


Inspiring Curiosity as a Career

 We believe great science teachers must have a passion and interest in the natural world around us.  As a high school science teacher, you are charged with the responsibility of introducing how our world works to students and engaging them in the process by which scientific investigations and experiments are designed and carried out.  Our science educator-specific classes prepare you to meet this goal by exposing you to modern teaching methods grounded in the newest science standards.

All of NIU’s secondary science licensure faculty are experienced classroom teachers who recognize that inspiring curiosity in students is where great science teaching begins.

Come start your teaching journey at NIU.


Our licensure program is built around small class sizes and readily available faculty who teach, guide, and mentor students through the program.  At NIU, you are viewed as a professional who is learning the craft of teaching and we are committed to providing you with the experiences and knowledge you need to become a highly-qualified professional educator.

Students who successfully graduate from our program will find a marketplace in which there is a high demand for science teachers from quality programs.  All five of NIU’s Secondary Science Educator Licensure programs are accredited and recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).


Individuals interested in becoming a secondary science teacher can earn a primary endorsement from NIU in one of five different science disciplines.  To increase your marketability, you may want to consider earning an additional endorsement as well.  You can learn more about the requirements for each program by clicking on the link below or in the FAQs.



Earth and Space

Environmental Science



Our nation’s schools are becoming more diverse each year and teaching is one of the few professions that directly impact the lives of everyone regardless of income, race, gender, or culture.  The future teaching workforce must reflect our nation’s diversity and we take pride that our licensure students come from a wide variety of backgrounds.  In our program, you will most likely be in class with all kinds of people: undergraduates, graduate students, current teachers practicing in the field, and professionals who are in the process of changing their careers.

Because mastery of subject content is the foundation upon which you will build your teaching skills, all students who earn a secondary teaching license at NIU must have a degree (B.S., M.S., or PhD) in their chosen field of study.  If you have earned a degree from a different discipline, additional coursework may be necessary to demonstrate mastery and/or currency.

If you have decided that teaching is the right career for you, you may apply to the program from Jan 15th-May 30th through the link below or contact us with additional questions.

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Paul Fix, Asst. Director
Secondary Science Educator Licensure
326 Faraday
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
(815) 753-6819