TIE Admissions Information

Pre-Admission Self-Assessment

ISTE, the TIE Program's NCATE Specialized Professional Association, has initiated a new requirement for students entering initial endorsement programs for Technology Facilitation. ISTE requires that all incoming students meet the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T). Therefore admission requirements and procedures have been revised to meet this requirement. Candidates for an advanced degree in Technology in Education will complete an online self-assessment of the NETS-T prior to program admission. The TIE Administrative Assistant will inform the Admissions Office and a TIE faculty member when an applicant has completed the self-assessment. Applicants will review results of the self-assessment with the TIE faculty member to discuss the assessment and a plan, if needed, for meeting the NETS-T through selected professional development activities and/or TIE500 Introduction to Technology in Education (2 SH). Successful meeting of the NETS-T will be recorded through a checkbox on the student's application checklist.

Admission Requirements for Technology Specialist Endorsement

The candidates for Technology Specialist Endorsement must provide documentation (a) that they hold an Illinois teaching license; and (b) that they have passed the Illinois Test of Basic Skills within five years of admission if licensed prior to July 1, 1988, or not licensed in the state of Illinois. If an individual has taken and passed the Illinois Test of Basic Skills for a license that was issued after July 1, 1988, she/he does not need to retake the Illinois Test of Basic Skills when applying for a subsequent endorsement. The Illinois Test of Basic Skills is the only test that satisfies this requirement. Applicants who do not wish to seek endorsement must submit a signed statement indicating they are not interested in obtaining the endorsement.

Technology Specialist Endorsement (K-12)

(Effective July 1, 2004)

Beginning July 1, 2004, students who complete the TIE Master's program may choose to apply for the Technology Specialist Endorsement (K-12). Candidates for endorsement must also hold a valid Illinois teaching license; pass the required state tests, including the Illinois Test of Basic Skills, the Illinois Assessment of Professional Teaching Skills (APT Special, for grades K-12), and the Illinois Content Area Test for Technology Specialist; and submit a completed application through the National College of Education.


  • For more information about the TIE program content, contact Debbi Hjelle.
  • For more information regarding admissions and registration, contact:
    Marci Mazza
    enrollment representative
    phone/fax: 630.874.4293
    email: mmazza@nl.edu
    Web site: NLU Admissions



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