This certificate is designed to prepare teacher candidates with knowledge and skills related to children with disabilities included in school settings. This certificate is appropriate for NIU students pursuing educator licensure in an area other than special education. Course work in this program focuses on the impact of disabilities on children in school settings and ways to facilitate their learning. All course requirements for this certificate must be completed at NIU unless otherwise approved by department (maximum of 3 credit hours). All NIU coursework must be completed within three calendar years. Students pursuing this certificate must file a formal application with the undergraduate adviser in the Department of Special and Early Education and must complete all certificate requirements before the certificate is listed on the transcript. This certificate does not fulfill requirements for special education endorsement. Teacher candidates who want to earn the Special Education endorsement should contact their adviser for further information.