Accreditation and Recognition

Northern Illinois University is accredited as an educator preparation institution by the

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE),
  • Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), and
  • American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE).

NIU has been continuously accredited by NCATE since 1954, the first year of NCATE accreditation.

All certification programs offered by NIU have been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education and relevant national accrediting groups (see individual programs for their respective national recognitions).

Northern Illinois University is ranked in the top five percent of Research Extensive Universities by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.