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Alumni Assistance in Transitioning to Self-Managed Credentials

Effective August 15, 2007

Changes in technology have streamlined the application process. School districts throughout the country now accept self-managed credentials, submitted directly by applicants.

Managing one's credential file includes the collection, organization and submission of materials necessary for obtaining employment. We are pleased to be joining the many other college career centers who have already adopted self-managed files.


  • Candidates control what material is sent out to whom, and when it is sent. This ensures delivery of materials to employers in a timely manner.
  • Candidates will save the money that would have been paid for NIU to manage and send credentials.
  • Candidates will be able to demonstrate responsibility, honesty and integrity in initiating their own direct communication with employers.

How This Works:

Candidates will now manage their own credential files. You can request that all non-confidential materials from your NIU credential file be mailed to you. To do so, submit a Request for Release of Credential File. We will return your file to you with information on how to transition to a self-managed file.

For additional assistance, you can also go to the Step-by-Step Guide.

If you have an outstanding bill with Career Services, we will hold your file until the bill is settled. Call us at (815) 753-1641 with your credit card number, and it will be taken care of quickly.

NOTE: After 10 years from the last date of activity, reference letters and student teaching evaluations remaining at Career Services will be destroyed.

We are committed to making this transition as smooth as possible. If you have read the information on our web site and you still have questions about this new policy, please feel free to contact our office at 815-753-1641 or email us at