The K-12 Teacher Licensure Programs (TLP) are for students who hold a bachelor’s degree and are interested in teaching in disciplines that are K-12 specific. The professional education sequences are offered in the following programs:

K-12 Education:

  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish

Program Benefits

The professional education sequence in a K-12 program provides students with background in educational foundations, curriculum development, and teaching methods, along with field experiences necessary to be successful in today’s diverse K-12 classrooms. The programs offered through the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education prepare dedicated teachers with the skills, expertise and pedagogy to meet the needs of 21st century students.

Upon completion of the program requirements, students have:

  • A depth of knowledge in their chosen academic discipline;
  • A knowledge of the principles of human growth and development;
  • A knowledge of students with varying racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
  • A knowledge of the wide range of abilities and special needs of students; and
  • The ability to apply their knowledge and skills as they develop effective learning experiences for students during the methods and clinical components of the professional education sequence.

Completion of the Teacher Licensure Program K-12 (Art, Music, Physical Education and Spanish) will satisfy all standards for teacher licensure as required by the Illinois State Board of Education. Northeastern Illinois University has not made a determination as to whether this education degree program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in any of the other 54 U.S. states and jurisdictions. Specific requirements for licensure or certification in states other than Illinois vary from state-to-state. In some cases, you may need to take additional coursework or exams to meet individual state requirements and/or you may need to complete background checks.

Career Options

Students who successfully complete all components of the professional education sequence in a K-12 program are eligible for licensure through the Illinois State Board of Education.

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the K-12 Teacher Licensure Program and its requirements.

K-12 Teacher Licensure Program

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions about Art, Music or Spanish, please contact Vanessa King in the Department of Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies at (773) 442-5387. If you have questions about Physical Education, please contact Marianne Morrissey in the Department of Health Sciences and Physical Education at (773) 441-4159.

Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies

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