Jun 03, 2023  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 

Teacher Certification - Chemistry

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Students interested in emphasis 3 should consult with the departmental certification adviser as soon as possible and also refer to the “Teacher Certification Requirements” section of this catalog.

Undergraduate chemistry majors may apply for admission to teacher certification in emphasis 3 at the end of the sophomore year.

Please note: Graduate students and students who already possess the baccalaureate or higher degree and wish to pursue certification and/or endorsement with or without becoming a candidate for a degree, should apply for admission to the coordinator of chemistry education as early as possible.

It is strongly recommended that students completing this emphasis obtain a secondary endorsement in at least one subject other than chemistry.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the certification program, students in emphasis 3 must have

  • established a file with the discipline coordinator in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and completed satisfactory reviews of progress each semester after establishment of the file,
  • attained junior standing,
  • completed at least 12 semester hours at NIU with a minimum GPA of 2.50,
  • completed at least 6 semester hours of chemistry at NIU,
  • earned a minimum GPA of 2.50 in all chemistry courses taken at NIU,
  • completed 6 semester hours of written communication and 3 semester hours of oral communication with grades of C or better,
  • completed at least 20 clock hours of approved early clinical experiences,
  • submitted an application and obtained approval from the discipline coordinator in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and
  • passed the ICTS Test of Academic Proficiency.

Retention Requirements

Students admitted to the certification program must

  • maintain a GPA of 2.50 in all course work undertaken at NIU;
  • maintain a minimum combined GPA of 2.70 in NIU courses numbered 200 and above in physical and biological sciences and mathematics;
  • complete a satisfactory review of progress each semester with the discipline coordinator in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry;
  • prior to student teaching, complete 8 semester hours of biological sciences, including at least 3 semester hours in courses numbered 200 and above;
  • take and pass the ICTS Chemistry Content Test prior to applying to student teaching; and,
  • take and pass the ICTS Assessment of Professional Teaching test before completion of the


General Requirements and Information

The program of courses for meeting certification requirements must be approved by the discipline coordinator in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry each semester prior to registration. Students are responsible for timely submission of all applications and permits required during the certification program.

The State of Illinois has established course and standards-based requirements for certification. Approved certification programs must have requirements that meet or exceed the state requirements. A list of the current state minimum requirements is available from the Illinois State Board of Education’s web page. The department’s certification program requirements are designed to prepare candidates both to meet state course requirements and to demonstrate that they meet state teaching standards.

At this time, state requirements include the possession of an appropriate baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, a minimum of 32 semester hours in the field, pre-student teaching, clinical experiences at the 6-12 level or proof of teaching experience at the 6-12 level, student teaching or an approved teaching experience, passage of the Test of Academic Proficiency and secondary certification subject matter examinations of the Illinois Certification Testing System, passage of the Assessment of Professional teaching test, and demonstration that the candidate has met teaching standards for the chemistry or environmental science teacher.

Contact the discipline coordinator for information on the necessary criteria that experiences must meet to demonstrate fulfillment of certification requirements.

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