Initial teacher certification in Illinois requires that the candidate be of good character, in sound health, a citizen of or legally present in the United States, and at least 19 years of age. In addition, initial teacher certification requires
Issuance of the certificate is based on notification by the institution that the candidate has met all institutional requirements and is eligible for the designated certificate. This process is known as "entitlement." For additional information, please refer to the Guide to Requirements for Certification, Endorsement and Assignment of Teachers, School Service Personnel, and Administrators and the Northern Illinois University Endorsement Application page.
Once a candidate has earned any Illinois teaching certificate, he or she may become eligible for additional or subsequent teaching certificates by completing a "focused certification program."
Issuance of subsequent certificates is based on notification by the institution to the State Board of Education that the candidate has met all of the institutional requirements and is eligible for the designated certificate. Subsequent certificates can no longer be obtained through a State Board of Education review of the candidate's transcripts.
See the "Special Programs" section of this website for NIU requirements for a subsequent certificate.