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.


Spring 2020 Dates for Educator Licensure Entitlements

Due to the impact of COVID-19, all undergraduate and graduate students will be permitted to convert any full semester or second-half courses from the spring 2020 semester to satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) grading. The time-frame for you to make this decision is May 12-20, 2020. Accordingly, degrees will not be posted until May 27, 2020, at the earliest.

Entitlements for initial educator licensure and any additional endorsements cannot be processed until after degrees have been posted. Entitlements for subsequent endorsements cannot be processed until after the S/U grading deadline.


Critical Updates from the ISBE

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed Executive Order 2020-31, which impacts some aspects of educator licensure. ISBE filed companion emergency rules on April 27, 2020. Learn more about how this affects your work during the spring 2020 semester.

Contact Us

Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation
Williston Hall 320

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 or 815-753-0846

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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