This certificate is designed for teacher certification students who wish to enhance their pedagogical knowledge, skill, and reflective practice. Study toward this certificate is open to any NIU teacher certification student with junior standing who has been admitted to and meets the retention standards of their certification program. With department approval, some or all of the requirements may be applied toward their undergraduate degree. All course requirements for the certificate must be completed at NIU within three calendar years. Teacher candidates must file a formal application with the associate dean of the College of Education at least one semester prior to graduation and must complete all certification requirements before the certificate is listed on the transcript.