Applications to the Teacher Certification Program in Science (Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Physics) at NIU should be submitted during the spring semester. The recommended application period begins January 15th and extends through July 15th. The 2 year certification cycle of professional education courses begins in the fall. Certification candidates that have been accepted into the program begin their professional education coursework in the fall semester only. Certification candidates complete the program at the end of a spring semester when the majority of jobs are available.
Most students apply in the spring of their sophomore or junior year depending on how many courses they have remaining for their degree in the science discipline. It is possible to take some courses outside of certification in the first 3 semesters of the certification sequence. Meet with the Science Education Coordinator if you have questions regarding when to apply.
Coordinator for Secondary Science
Northern Illinois University
323 Faraday Hall
DeKalb, Illinois 60115
Please contact Judy Boisen, firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Download the .pdfs, type into the forms, print, and mail in your completed forms.
(815) 753 6819
Office: 323 Faraday