Certification programs in secondary education are offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, and the College of Education .
An initial secondary certificate can be earned through either a bachelor's or master's degree program or, for candidates who already hold at least a bachelor's degree, as a post-graduate student.
In general, a secondary certificate is earned through completion of an approved program with a major in the field the candidate wishes to teach. The semester hours required for a major are determined by the responsible department.
The secondary certificate authorizes the holder to teach specified topics in grades 6-12. However, teaching in a departmentalized middle grade setting (grades 6-8) also requires the middle grade endorsement, as described in the "Special Programs" section of this website.
For additional information, please refer to the Northern Illinois University Endorsement Application page.
NIU offers the following secondary certification programs:
The initial certification program in secondary English language arts is provided by the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Admission to the certification program requires that all candidates have taken at least nine hours of approved coursework in the department.
Candidates who earn a secondary certificate endorsed in English Language Arts are authorized to teach English, journalism, language arts, and speech.
For specific information about the English language arts certification program, contact the program advisor.
Secondary certification in Family and Consumer Sciences is available through the School of Family , Consumer and Nutrition Sciences in the College of Health and Human Sciences. A recommendation for certification requires completion of the approved program, including a concentration in at least one of the areas of designation available for this endorsement: apparel and textiles, living environments, and nutrition, wellness and hospitality. Candidates should consult the program advisor for more information.
The B.S. Ed. in Health Education is the initial professional degree for certified health educators. Graduates with a B.S.Ed. in health education are able to earn a secondary certificate in this field by completing the approved entitlement program and passing the required state tests. For more information, candidates should consult the program advisor in the College of Health and Human Sciences.
The initial certification program in secondary mathematics is provided by the Department of Mathematical Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Undergraduate students may pursue teacher certification as a mathematics major; graduate-level students can meet certification requirements as post-graduate students or in a degree program.
Candidates who earn a secondary certificate endorsed in mathematics are authorized to teach all topics associated with the field of mathematics.
For more information, contact the program advisor.
The Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education in the College of Education offers several courses of study leading to teacher certification in physical education. At the undergraduate level, the department offers the Bachelor of Science in Education and the Bachelor of Science degrees for those who are interested in teaching physical education at either the K-12 or 6-12 levels.
The Master of Science in Education degree in physical education is offered at the graduate level. Specializations in adapted physical education, curriculum and pedagogy, and exercise physiology/fitness leadership are available as well as a secondary certification entitlement program for those interested in teaching physical education in grades 6-12.
For more information, contact the advisor for this program.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has been approved to offer five secondary certification programs in science. All of these programs have been designed to provide candidates with in-depth knowledge in the specific discipline and the knowledge needed to meet the core science standards.
The holder of any science endorsement and designation may teach any subject in the science field, except when the subject is taught as an Advanced Placement (AP) class or as an "honors" class, as defined by the district. Teachers of AP or honors classes in any area of science are required to have a designation specific to that subject area.
For more information about initial certification programs in science, contact the program advisors.
The NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers six secondary certification programs in social science. All of these programs have been designed to provide candidates with in-depth knowledge in the specific discipline as well as the knowledge needed to meet the core social science standards.
The holder of any social science endorsement and designation may teach any subject in the social science field, except when the subject is taught as an Advanced Placement (AP) class or as an "honors" class, as defined by the district. Teachers of AP or honors classes are required to have a designation specific to the subject area.
For more information about initial certification programs in social science, contact the program advisor.