Admission/Retention in a Certification Program

A candidate for certification must be accepted for admission by the university and meet the criteria relevant to the individual's status as an undergraduate, graduate, transfer, or student-at-large. For information about the admission requirements, please refer to the Admissions page of the NIU Web site.

Each department offering a certification program establishes its own program admission requirements. However, all candidates for initial certification must have at least a 2.5 grade point average, while candidates for advanced certification must have a grade point average of at least 3.0.

Prior to admission to a teacher certification program, all candidates must pass the state-required Basic Skills Test.

Acceptance to a certification program does not guarantee continuation in that program. In general, retention in a certification program requires that the student

  • maintain a satisfactory GPA, based on program requirements;
  • have good character, and be in sound mental and physical health; and
  • demonstrate the skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary for working with children and/or adolescents, as applicable.

Each program determines the specific requirements for retention in its certification program; candidates should consult the academic department for that information.