Applications to the Teacher Licensure Program in Science (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science Geology/Earth and Space Science, or Physics) at NIU should be submitted during the spring semester. The recommended application period begins January 15th and extends through May 30th. The 2 year certification cycle of professional education courses begins in the fall. Teacher preparation candidates that have been accepted into the program begin their professional education coursework in the fall semester only. Science teacher 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 the courses required for licensure in the first 3 semesters of the licensure sequence. Meet with the Science Education Coordinator if you have questions regarding when to apply.
Please contact your discipline advisor with any questions.