Admission/Retention in a Certification Program

A candidate for Licensure must be accepted for admission by the university and meet the criteria relevant to the individual's status as an undergraduate, graduate, transfer, or student-at-large. For information about the admission requirements, please refer to the Admissions page of the NIU Web site.

Each department offering a Licensure program establishes its own program admission requirements. However, all candidates for initial Licensure must have at least a 2.5 grade point average, while candidates for advanced Licensure must have a grade point average of at least 3.0.

Prior to admission to a teacher Licensure program, all candidates must pass the state required test of basic skills. A passing score on a test of basic skills—the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP 400), or in lieu of the TAP, an ACT Plus Writing composite score of at least 22(and a minimum score of 19 on the writing sub area)or an SAT (critical reading and mathematics)composite score of 1030(and a minimum score of 450 on the writing sub area) is needed.

Acceptance to a Licensure program does not guarantee continuation in that program. In general, retention in a Licensure program requires that the student

  • maintain a satisfactory GPA, based on program requirements;
  • have good character, and be in sound mental and physical health; and
  • demonstrate the skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary for working with children and/or adolescents, as applicable.

Each program determines the specific requirements for retention in its Licensure program; candidates should consult the academic department for that information.