Welcome to the Teacher Certification Portal for NIU candidates!

At Northern Illinois University we put the emphasis on you, the student. Whether you’re an undergraduate pursuing initial certification or a practicing professional who wants to advance your career in education, we have the programs and services to help you achieve your goals.

With over 5,000 students enrolled in educator preparation programs at NIU, the UOTC serves as the conduit for many essential services and levels of engagement with each of the thirty-two programs.  The links to the left and to the right provide you with up-to-the-minute information about various Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) policies and practices—including certification testing, how to get the proper CBC clearance for clinicals and how to get your teaching License—as well as some of the most frequently asked questions about Northern’s program requirements. 

No website or list of FAQ should ever replace the essential role of an advisor in working throughout your program and toward completion, so please be sure to meet with your advisor regularly.  However, should you need additional assistance or clarification of policies and practices, please feel free to use the “Contact Us” link for further help.

As a student, we know that you are already inspired by the future of education and we're committed to helping you achieve life-changing results for you and your future students.