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.


Our top priority at NIU is the health and well-being of our campus community. In response to the rapidly changing developments related to the global outbreak of COVID-19, we have made the decision to adapt our services to a non-face to face format. It is our goal to ensure that there are no gaps in services. If you have any questions or need additional information please contact us at teachercertification@niu.edu or 815-753-0846

COVID-19 FAQ

Student Teaching and Clinical Field Experiences Update

Due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), NIU has extended spring break and introduced modified course delivery. Please know that we're committed to minimizing the impact of these changes on your academic progress. We have developed the following protocols for teacher candidates enrolled in student teaching and early clinical field experiences at NIU.

Student Teaching Updated

As the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) reaches K-12 schools in Illinois, we recognize that your student-teaching experience has been significantly altered. Please know that we are here to support you through this challenging time.

We are asking you to remain in contact electronically with your cooperating teacher to determine how you can assist with student learning from a distance. We recognize that districts, schools, disciplines and classrooms might approach the coming weeks differently, and your cooperating teacher might need help with grading, non-face-to-face small group discussions etc., or might prefer that you take a step back while they navigate this e-learning environment. Please continue to communicate with your university supervisor(s) so they are aware of the roles and responsibilities you have during this time.

For those of you who have not submitted your edTPA yet, please make that your main focus. Continue to work with your program faculty for support and guidance as needed.

Please check your NIU email account and the NIU COVID-19 website regularly for any further updates. Please also be assured that we are committed to minimizing the impact of these changes on your academic progress.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Jenny Parker, Associate Vice Provost for Educator Licensure and Preparation (jparker@niu.edu or 815-753-7829).

Early Clinical Field Experiences

If you're involved in a pre-student-teaching observation and/or clinical experience, you'll follow NIU's course delivery policy. You won't be required to report to your clinical field placement during the week of March 16, or the following weeks of non-face-to-face course delivery.

You'll return to your early clinical field placement when NIU returns to face-to-face course delivery. You can submit assignments associated with early clinical field experiences electronically, as appropriate, during the weeks of non-face-to-face course delivery.

Contact Us

Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation
Williston Hall 320
815-753-0846
TeacherCertification@niu.edu

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Northern Illinois University has one of the largest licensure programs among Illinois universities, with more than 7,000 students enrolled. NIU recommends more than 700 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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