Initial Professional Educator License
Get ready to begin your teaching career by obtaining your professional educator license (PEL). NIU offers several programs that will prepare you for initial educator licensure in Illinois.
Teaching Endorsement Areas
Your initial license will include at least one endorsement area. However, you may complete requirements for multiple endorsement areas at any time.
With an elementary education license, you'll be ready to teach children in first through sixth grades. The innovative curriculum for our bachelor's degree in elementary education includes emphases that lead to additional endorsements.
You can also pursue a master's degree in teaching that leads to initial elementary education licensure.
Our program in middle-level teaching and learning is housed in the College of Education and prepares you teach two content areas to adolescent learners from grades five through eight. You'll prepare for teaching in one major content area endorsement, either English language arts, mathematics, science or social sciences.
The special education license authorizes you to work with individuals from preschool to age 21. NIU offers several programs that will prepare you for initial licensure in this area: