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.


Fall 2020 Student-Teaching and Field Experiences

Teacher candidates getting ready for student-teaching or clinicals this fall. Learn more about the format for these placements.

Contact Us

Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation
Williston Hall 320

Our top priority at NIU continues to be the health and well-being of our campus community. In fall 2020, the University Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation will operate remotely.

We are available Monday through Friday (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) for virtual meetings with opportunities for in-person interactions on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings. If you would like to schedule a meeting, either virtually or in person, please contact us at

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 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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