Our educator licensure program will prepare you to teach the following courses in grades nine to 12. Graduate-level students can meet licensure requirements as students-at-large or in a graduate program. You can teach grades 6-8 by taking a content exam. More information can be found in the Additional endorsements section below.
The program consists of 46-47 credits taken over four semesters. If you're an undergraduate student, you'll most likely complete the program during your last two years at NIU, along with your upper-level content classes. Our programs are designed to be completed in two years. If you attend part time or need to meet additional requirements, it may take longer.
Learn more about Illinois requirements for educator licensure.
Students are admitted to the Secondary Mathematics Educator Licensure Program when they have:
Students admitted to the licensure program must:
A complete listing of discipline course requirements can be found in the undergraduate catalog.
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requires a minimum of 100 clock hours of substantial, varied and sequential clinical experiences prior to student teaching. This requirement may be satisfied by completing the following sequence of courses:
You must apply in advance for the clinical courses. Information on each course and application materials can be found on the CLAS Educator Licensure website.
The ISBE and requirements for educator licensure in Mathematics at NIU also specify that candidates must earn a grade of C or better for each course included in required professional course work in human development and learning, and teaching of English Language Learners, teaching exceptional children. Candidates should consult with the Coordinator of Educator Licensure in Mathematics to determine which courses satisfy these additional requirements outside the department.
For the middle school endorsement in mathematics the required 18 hours are broken down into seven content areas. You must have a course in at least four of those areas as well as an instructional methods course focused on teaching mathematics at the middle school level.
In order to teach at the middle school level in Illinois you need to fulfill:
If you already hold an Illinois teaching certificate these requirements may be met by taking EPS 419 (The Middle School Child) and TLCI 422 (Middle School Organization and Instruction) in the College of Education. If you are pursuing a 6-12 certificate or a K-12 certificate, you should see your program advisor.
At the discretion of the department, other courses may also be found acceptable toward meeting the requirements for an endorsement.
If you intend to complete the requirements for the Initial Teacher Certification in secondary-school mathematics, there is additional information for your review. We encourage an individual consultation with one of our advisors to determine your academic plan.
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