This certificate is designed to prepare teacher candidates with a set of courses focused on literacy instruction that is developmentally appropriate for students at the middle school level. Candidates completing this certificate will acquire the skills and techniques for developing and assessing literacy instruction, and methods for integrating literacy instruction across the middle school curriculum.
The certificate of undergraduate study in middle school literacy is open to all candidates admitted to degree or non-degree study at Northern Illinois University. Candidates who want to pursue this certificate must receive approval and advisement from the coordinator. Those who want to earn the Middle School endorsement from the Illinois State Board of Education should contact the certificate coordinator for further information. Candidates must maintain good academic standing in the university, achieve a minimum grade of C in each certificate course, and complete all certificate course work within six calendar years.