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Educator Licensure

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If you have received your degree from an accredited college or university, you may, as a graduate student or student-at-large, take courses leading to initial teacher certification. NIU offers 26 initial educator licensure programs. For more information about the programs, contact the Educator Licensure and Preparation office.

To start a non-degree initial teacher certification program, apply to the graduate school as a student-at-large. If you decide to pursue a graduate degree, you will have the opportunity to apply as a graduate student after you have started your course of study.

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