Teacher Certification


Program Overview

Students intending to become certified as history and social science teachers at the secondary level (grades 6-12) must consult with the history certification office before beginning their program and are required to meet with the advisor at least once each semester.

 It is important to note that a teaching certificate is different from an academic degree.  Admission to the certification program for Secondary Teaching in the Social Sciences, although usually associated with a degree program, is a process separate from, and independent of, any other status candidates may seek or possess in the university. 

Secondary teacher certification in the social sciences is an intensive program.  There are many requirements that a student must follow in order to earn their certificate.  Students will be assessed throughout the program and will be asked to provide documentation of their progress in professional education coursework, content area coursework, and clinical work. 

Students are responsible not only for meeting the requirements of their degree program, but also the certification program and the requirements for a teaching certificate as set by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).  While the program provides extensive advising, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to keep track of their progress and to complete all requirements. 

Students also need to be aware that, as a result of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) changes to their programs may be required, even if the student is near completion.

The following requirements apply to all students pursuing certification through the History/Social Sciences Teacher Certification Program at Northern Illinois University.

This description is prepared for the convenience of students seeking secondary teaching certification through the Department of History at Northern Illinois University.  Students seeking certification should note that procedures and requirements may change and that this description therefore should not be taken as a legal document or as a binding statement of rights and obligations.  Students should always seek counseling and advising from the History/Social Sciences program Advisor and Coordinator before making any decisions or assumptions about their status in the program and their path to completion.