Title II of the federal Higher Education Act requires that all teacher preparation institutions submit an annual report regarding their programs to the public, the state education agency and the U.S. Department of Education. This report provides information about the number of candidates completing certification programs at the institution, the candidates' performance on state certification tests, and the institution's accreditation status. For more information, see the 2009 Title II Report for Northern Illinois University.
At least every seven years, the Illinois State Board of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) formally review all aspects of Northern Illinois University 's certification programs. This review includes an on-site campus visit as well as analysis of extensive required documentation about the university's programs. The results of this review can range from full accreditation and program approval to provisional approval to non-recognition. Based on its most recent review, NIU holds full accreditation from both NCATE and the State Board of Education
Between the formal ISBE and NCATE reviews, NIU is required to submit annual reports to each accrediting body. In addition, the university regularly reports to the Illinois Board of Higher Education regarding its certification programs.