Teacher Licensure Program (TLP)

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:

  • Early Childhood Education, Grades B-2
  • Elementary Education, Grades 1-6
  • Elementary Education with Bilingual Endorsement 1-6
  • Middle-Level Education, Grades 5-8
  • Secondary Education, Grades 9-12 
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Science
    • English
    • History
    • Mathematics
  • Grades K-12
    • Art
    • Music Education
    • PE
  • PK-12
    • 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.
  • Evaluation of content coursework for admission into B-12, PK-12, K-12, 5-8 or 9-12 TLP.

NOTE: Returning students interested in Elementary Education licensure with Bilingual endorsement may instead pursue a  Master of Arts in Elementary Education with Bilingual Endorsement. Contact the Teacher Education Department at 773-442-5380.

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.

State teacher examinations: Program students must pass the appropriate ILTS content-area test prior to student teaching (e.g. Elementary Education, Biology). Beginning in 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 ( Elementary, or Elementary with a Bilingual endorsement), or Mr. Vanessa King, 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 may instead pursue a Master of Arts in Elementary Education. See the MAT in Elementary Education program in the Teacher Education Department Section in this catalog for admission and program requirements.

Early Childhood Education B-2 ENDORSEMENT

For more information on the B-12 Early Childhood Teacher Licensure Program, contact the Vanessa King, at (773) 442-5387.

Middle-Level Education 5-8 endorsement

Please, contact the Teacher Education Department at 773-442-5380 for further information about the TLP option in middle-level education. Currently, NEIU has been approved to offer Middle-Level Education 5-8 endorsements in the following areas:

  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Science 

Music K-12 Endorsement

For information on the Music K-12 licensure 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:

  • Science: Biology 9-12
  • Science: Chemistry 9-12
  • Science: Earth Science 9-12
  • Science: Physics 9-12
  • English Language Arts 9-12
  • Social Science: History 9-12
  • Mathematics 9-12
  • Music Education K-12
  • Foreign Language: Spanish PK-12
  • Physical Education K-12
  • Visual Art K-12