Teacher Licensure Program (TLP) for Post-Baccalaureate Students

This program is designed for returning students with degrees in fields other than education who wish to obtain teaching licensure in the following areas:

  • Elementary Education, Grades K-9
  • Secondary Education, Grades 9-12  (Grades 6-8 with middle school coursework)        
    • Biology
    • English
    • History
    • Health
    • Mathematics
  • Grades K-12
    • Art
    • Music Education
    • French
    • PE
    • Spanish

Coursework consists of blocks of undergraduate courses and does not lead to a master’s degree. (EXCEPTION: there is an option for combining certification with a Master’s Degree in content specific areas. Contact the College of Graduate Studies and Research for details.)

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale). Students with an advanced degree from a regionally accredited university are excused from this requirement.
  • Passing score on ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) or ACT with Writing or SAT with Writing.
  • Evaluation of content coursework for admission into K-12 or 9-12 TLP.

Bilingual/ESL/Endorsement: Elementary education program students have the option of taking coursework leading to an endorsement in Bilingual/Bicultural Education. Contact: Dr. MT Garretón, 773-442-5364

NOTE: Returning students interested in Elementary Education licensure with Bilingual endorsement may instead pursue a  Master of Arts in Teaching in Language Arts: Bilingual/Bicultural.  See the MAT- in Language Arts: BLBC program section of the Teacher Education Department in this catalog for admission and program requirements.

Returning students interested in Secondary Education licensure with English Language Arts endorsement may instead pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching in Language Arts: Secondary Education. See the Graduate Programs section of the Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies Department in this catalog for admission and program requirements.

Middle School Endorsement: Students who wish to receive Middle School Endorsement should contact advisor: Mr. Santiago Tapia, 773-442-5473.

State teacher examinations: Program students must also pass the appropriate ILTS content-area test prior to student teaching (e.g. Elementary Education, Biology). Beginning Fall 2015, students must also pass the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) for program completion/entitlement. Information on these tests is available from the TLP Advisors, Mr. Sean Condon at (773) 442-5374 (Early Childhood, Elementary, or Elementary with a Bilingual endorsement), or Mr. Mike Bochnewych, at (773) 442-5387 (9-12 and K-12).

Elementary Education Endorsement

Professional Sequence36
Area of Concentration18

AREA OF CONCENTRATION – 18 credit Hours minimum

Students may select an area of concentration completing at least 18 credit hours, 9 of which must be at the 300-level.

The above requirements apply to undergraduate transfer students and graduates of accredited universities (Second B.A. or TLP Programs). All students must consult with a Program Advisor in the Elementary Education Program.

NOTE: Returning students interested in Elementary Education license with a concentration in Language Arts may instead pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching in Language Arts:Elementary Education. See the MAT in Language Arts: ELED Program in the Teacher Education Department Section in this catalog for admission and program requirements.

Music K-12 Endorsement

For information on the Music K-12 certification program, contact the Music Department.

9-12 OR K-12 Education Endorsement  

Professional Sequence28

Major area: Must meet Northeastern’s major content coursework requirements in one of the following academic areas:

  • Art K-12
  • Biology 9-12
  • English 9-12
  • French K-12
  • Health Education 9-12
  • History 9-12
  • Mathematics 9-12
  • Music K-12
  • Physical Education K-12
  • Spanish K-12

Middle School Endorsement for Licensed Teachers

The Middle School Endorsement is required by the State of Illinois for all teachers of children in grades 6-8 where fifty percent or more of the teaching assignment is to a position comprised of a single subject area of instruction.

Students with baccalaureate degrees and initial licensure as teachers in Illinois will be eligible for the middle school endorsement by taking the following courses:

EDFN-420ASeminar In Development & Learning: Contemporary Issues In Middle Level Education3
EDFN-421Middle School Advisory & Counseling3

Northeastern has also prepared a course sequence for middle school teachers which is intended to be taken by groups of teachers at a given school in order to effect total school change. Students with questions on the Middle School Endorsement should consult the Middle School Coordinator in the Department of Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies.