Individuals wishing to receive a license to teach science (biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, or physics) at the secondary level have a number of program options. You may complete the program while pursuing your degree in the science discipline or may apply to the program as a post graduate, student at large or graduate student. Teacher preparation in the sciences at NIU is an "entitlement program." This means you are recommended to the ISBE for a license to teach in the Illinois Public Schools. This recommendation is based on satisfactory completion of all program requirements and demonstrating competency in all applicable standards as mandated by the ISBE for the professional preparation of science teachers. Candidates successfully completing the teacher licensure program in one of the sciences will be recommended for a Secondary Teaching License (grades 9-12) with a primary endorsement in their major.
Students are responsible not only for meeting the requirements of their degree program, but also the teacher preparation program and the requirements for a secondary teaching license as set by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). While the program provides extensive advising, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to keep track of their progress and to complete all requirements.
Requirements by Discipline: