A student who holds a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than one of the seven social sciences should enroll as a post-baccalaureate and pursue a second bachelor's degree in one of the program’s approved disciplines while concurrently pursuing the teaching certificate.
Post-baccalaureate students pursuing certification already hold a baccalaureate degree but have returned to the University to pursue a second baccalaureate degree and a teaching certificate.
Post-baccalaureates have typically already met the University's general education requirements as a result of their previous degree.
Post-baccalaureate students are required to meet their major coursework requirements and the teacher certification program requirements (this includes both the professional education coursework and the required social science coursework).
Because post-baccalaureate students have many different sets of requirements to meet, they are strongly encouraged to meet with their college advisor, their major department advisor, and their certification advisor each semester.
This description is prepared for the convenience of students seeking secondary teacher 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 advising from the History/Social Sciences Program Advisor or Coordinator before making any decisions or assumptions about their status in the program and their path to completion.