Educator Licensure Program - NIU - Foreign Languages and Literatures

Educator Licensure Program

Our new, permanent assistant director is Kathy Kuschman!  Ms. Kuschman will be in Watson 112 and can be reached at or 815-753-6449.  Her office hours for Fall 2017 are Monday and Tuesday 2-4pm, and Thursday 9-11am.

Congratulations to our alumni!  Allison Packard and Sandra Gonzalez both won ICTFL's 2017 Award for New Teachers of Foreign Languages, as well as scholarships to travel abroad. Ang Charczuk and Samantha Gonzalez won the 2016 ICTFL Award for College Foreign Language Teaching Majors.

The Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures prepares students to become licensed teachers in French, German or Spanish (K-12). Students pursuing educator licensure must have a strong academic record and demonstrate the desire and ability to facilitate learning.

Educator licensure students major in French, German, or Spanish and take additional coursework which has been designed to meet the standards of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). At NIU, educator licensure students enjoy small classes, personal attention, and lots of hands-on teaching experience.

Interested students should contact the assistant director, Kathy Kuschman (contact information above), or the program director, Karen Lichtman ( /, Watson Hall 114, 815-753-6443). Dr. Lichtman's Fall 2017 office hours are Wednesday, 2-4pm.  For more information on the Foreign Language Educator Licensure Program, please consult the following:

Frequently Asked Questions

Forms and Resources for prospective and current students

Program Brochure (pdf)

FL&L Educator Licensure Materials Handbook (pdf)

Policies for Admission and Retention to the FL&L Educator Licensure Program (pdf)

NIU's Educator Licensure Requirements 

Foreign Language Educator Licensure Requirements in NIU’s Catalog

Educator Licensure at the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

NIU’s Educator Licensure site's map shows school districts and schools near DeKalb (60115) or your zip code