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Family & Consumer Sciences

Teacher Certification

The School of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences offers a program that prepares students to become certified teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences in the State of Illinois. This initial certification (Type 09) is for teaching grades 6-12.

Undergraduate students may pursue teacher certification as an undergraduate major or postgraduate. Graduate students can meet certification requirements as a student-at-large or in a graduate program. Students must be admitted to Northern Illinois University to participate in the certification program.

Students interested in Family & Consumer Science Education teacher certification should meet with a school advisor and develop a plan for completing certification requirements. The following section lists the requirements for family and consumer sciences certification and the courses generally used to fulfill those requirements.

The certification program, in itself, does not lead to a baccalaureate degree. Students wishing to pursue Family and Consumer Sciences Education need to declare a major in Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences (if they do not already hold a degree in Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences) as well as complete the teacher certification requirements.

A complete description of the certification requirements is given in the Teacher Certification section of the undergraduate catalog. Students need to demonstrate current knowledge in discipline coursework that is more than ten years old.

For students looking for Type 04 teacher certification for Pre-K through grade 3, visit NIU's Early Childhood Studies Program website.