- About the Department
- Course Information
- Mathematics Education
- Teacher Certification
Teacher Certification - Community College Transfer Students
The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Northern Illinois University would like you to make a smooth transition from your community college to NIU. The following information and suggestions should aid you in this transition.
- Questions, before and during your transition, should be directed to
Bonnie Kersten, Coordinator of Teacher Certification in Mathematics at
NIU, in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at (815) 753 5390 or
- Please use the document Teacher
Certification General Education Requirements for the Mathematics
Certification Program as a guide for courses you take during your
community college experience. Also, you may complete the Calculus
sequence (equivalent of MATH 229, MATH 230 and MATH 232 at NIU) and the
computer programming course at your community college. The computer
science course should articulate to NIU as either CSCI 230 or 240
and be a 4 semester hour course.
- If you will be completing the Calculus sequence as described in #2
above at your community college and plan on taking MATH 240 (Linear
Algebra and Applications) during your first semester at NIU, you should
consider taking ILAS 201 (Introductory Clinical Experience) during your
first semester at NIU. Taking MATH 240 at NIU is highly recommended as
preparation for the upper level math courses - see
this link for more information.
If you wish to take ILAS 201 during your first semester at NIU, you should contact Bonnie Kersten by the end of the fifth week of the NIU fall or spring semester that precedes your transfer to NIU and obtain the information about ILAS 201 and the application materials. When you contact Bonnie Kersten include your mailing address and phone number. You may also download the information and application form by clicking on the link to
Applications. Follow the directions and return the designated number of copies to: Ms. Bonnie Kersten, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115. You need to return the designated number of copies of the completed application materials by the end of the seventh week of that same semester.
Once Ms. Kersten receives your completed application materials, she will mail you a "Permission to Register" form, which has the permit number needed for registration for ILAS 201 through TRACS or online at NIU. Please read the information carefully and note the date, time and place of the initial meeting of ILAS 201. Once you receive your "Permission to Register" form for ILAS 201, register through TRACS or online as soon as you can.