Teacher Certification

Requirements for Undergraduate Students

A student who does not hold a degree from a recognized institution should enroll as an undergraduate at Northern Illinois University.

Incoming freshman, students who have taken all of their coursework at NIU, and students who transferred some coursework but not an associates degree to the university fall under this category.

Students pursuing certification as undergraduates have a minimum of three sets of requirements that they must meet.  The first set of requirements is the University's general education coursework requirements.  The second set of requirements is the major coursework requirements.  The final set of requirements is the teacher certification program requirements (this includes both the professional education coursework and the required social science coursework).

Because undergraduate 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. 

Sample Schedule Planner for Undergraduate Students

Required Coursework

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.