Q: What documents are required to become type 03, type 04, type 09 or type 10 certified?
A: To start the certification process, complete and submit the Request for Initial Certification by Entitlement in your NLU Portal account home page
or fill out the NLU Request for Initial Certification and IL State Board of Ed (ISBE) application form 73-03C/Application for Teaching Certificate and mail to:
ATTN: Liza Marzinke
1000 Capitol Drive
Q: Do I send a money order or cashier's check to the NLU Certification Office?
A: No. The cashier's check is for ISBE. This is only required if an applicant wishes to visit a Regional Office of Education (ROE) & submit his/her application. If you follow directions to apply for the certification online you pay the fee using a credit card & no money order or cashier's check is required at all.
Q: What happens at the NLU Certification Office?
A: The certification coordinator reviews each application to verify that the applicant has passed all required ISBE exams, completed the program requirements, has a zero balance & is a degree applicant for graduation - required for type 04 & type 10 certifications. Once all requirements are met & degree is awarded - required for type 04 & type 10 certs - the certification coordinator will electronically notify ISBE of an applicants' entitlement eligibility. The applicant will receive directions to apply online via the Educator Certification System (ECS) via an e-mail. The original application, signed & stamped, with directions on the final steps to complete the application process, will be returned to the applicant in the mail.
Q: What happens when the NLU Certification Office returns the application to me? Isn't my certificate issued already?
A: The applicant should follow the directions for either applying online via the ECS system, taking application & transcripts to an ROE office or by mailing application & transcripts directly to Springfield. The quickest way to apply is online & the certificate number will be immediately available. Keep the original application for your records if you apply online. Sending the application to a ROE office or Springfield to process will take longer to process.
Q: Do I have to send all my transcripts?
A: Yes. ISBE requires that all undergraduate and graduate transcripts be sent to Springfield. If a transcript was already submitted, another does not need to be. A final transcript showing your degree conferred date should be sent to ISBE.
Q: Who can I call if I have other questions or issues about the certification process?