The NIU English department has a long tradition of excellence in teacher preparation. Our graduates are employed in schools around the state. We are also proud of our high quality teacher training faculty members, who offer students the practical, subject area, and theoretical knowledge they need to succeed as professionals in English Language Arts.
Students majoring in English who seek licensure to teach at the secondary level should consult with the coordinator of educator licensure in English at the earliest possible date. Undergraduate majors apply for admission to educator licensure in English at the end of the sophomore year, except in the case of transfer students, who normally apply at the end of their first semester at NIU.
Graduate students should see the appropriate section of the entry in the Graduate Catalog for the Department of English. Students who already possess the baccalaureate or higher degree and wish to pursue certification without becoming a candidate for a degree should consult the coordinator of educator licensure in English as early as possible.
Note: The state of Illinois is changing its requirements for educator licensure in English Language Arts. Please watch this page to see how we adapt our programs to meet these new requirements while continuing to provide an outstanding mix of pedagogy and content knowledge as well as a focus on professional career preparation.