Educator Licensure and Preparation

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Northern Illinois University has 37 nationally recognized licensure programs to prepare you for a career in education. Our programs are designed to meet the ever-changing needs of our vital service region and the teachers and students we serve. We are deeply committed to preparing teachers for the classrooms of today and tomorrow.

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Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation
Williston Hall 320

Attention Student Teachers and Clinical Students!

Gov. Pritzker's Executive Order, mandates that as clinical students and student teachers, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination status and/or negative test results following the specific protocol established by your school district(s).

  • To establish that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 to the School/School District.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you must be tested for COVID-19 weekly, at a minimum. The testing must be done using a test that either has emergency use authorization by the FDA or be operating per the laboratory developed test requirements by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Please understand, that failure to follow school district protocol will result in your exclusion from the school district.

Points of Pride

Northern Illinois University has one of the largest licensure programs among Illinois universities, with more than 7,000 students enrolled. NIU recommends more than 500 candidates for licensure each year. More than 25,000 NIU education graduates are currently teaching or serving in other positions in Illinois elementary and secondary schools.

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