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Because you are a student who holds an undergraduate degree, you may be admitted as a graduate student seeking licensure or endorsement in health education. The following paragraphs highlight information about the steps you need to take to obtain certification in health education and complete a master's degree. We recommend that individuals seeking initial teacher licensure consider the M.A.T. with specialization in health education. Individuals seeking endorsement in health education could pursue the M.S.T. with specialization in health education. During this time of transition, we recommend that ITC students or endorsement students consider one of the following master's programs: Master of Public Health (MPH); M.S.Ed. in Physical Education; or M.S.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.
Contact the NIU Graduate School at (815) 753-0395 and request a Student-at-Large (SAL) application, GRE information, and an application to the Graduate School. You must be admitted to the Graduate School or as an SAL to take classes.
As soon as you've submitted your SAL application, call the Health Education Academic Adviser at (815) 753-5653 to set up an appointment to meet. You will need to bring an unofficial copy of all of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
You will be able to complete your licensure requirements before completing your master's degree. However, since you will have completed some of the requirements for a master's degree by the time you complete licensure, it is recommended that you consider completing the master's degree as soon as possible following licensure.
It is recommended that you begin with content courses, PHHE 502, 504, 506, 508.
However, not all required PHHE courses are offered each semester, so you must plan in advance. If none of the health content courses meets your schedule your first semester as an SAL, you may register for PHHE 620, 622, 624, or 626, or enroll in a Professional Education course. It is recommended that you take PHHE 682, Clinical Experiences in Health Education, just prior to your student teaching experience (PHHE 684 and PHHE 686). You may not student teach until after you've completed all other required course work for Initial Teacher Certification in Health Education.
In addition, you will need to pass the ILTS Test of Academic Proficiency before being admitted to the program, and successfully complete the Subject-Matter Knowledge Test before student teaching. Finally, before you can be licensed, you must pass the APT - Assessment of Professional Teaching exam. You can find information about these tests and exam dates through the University Office of Educator Licensure and Preparation website.