Northern Illinois University is authorized by the Illinois State Board of Education to recommend candidates for state certification by "entitlement" once they have met state and university certification requirements. Under the entitlement system, recommended candidates may receive their certificates by taking and passing any remaining state-required tests, completing the appropriate paperwork, and paying the appropriate fee. There is no further academic review of their qualifications.
Northern Illinois University offers 26 initial teacher certification programs that have been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and that, upon successful completion, entitle a student to an Illinois certificate.
These programs are described according to the type of certificate.