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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Have ACE send an official transcript to:

Joseph E. Flynn
jeflynn@niu.edu  
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Northern Illinois University 
DeKalb, IL 60115


The Curriculum and Instruction program faculty are committed to the quality and effective professional development of all teachers. One of the most respected forms of professional development is earning National Board for Professional Standards Certification (also known as National Board Certification). Through National Board Certification candidates are required to both see their own practice and critically reflect upon their practices. The certification experiences is both challenging and empowering for candidates. Our program faculty is supportive of these activities and appreciates the amount of independent work required to successfully achieve National Board certification. As such, the Curriculum and Instruction program offers a path for converting ACE/NBPTS credits into academic credit for candidates that have achieved their National Board certification.

Credit Conversion Process

  1. All candidates are required to have successfully completed National Board certification.
  2. Apply for student-at-large status if you do not currently have this status or are not a student in a graduate program at NIU.
  3. While waiting for the approval of the student-at-large application, have ACE send an electronic transcript to Dr. Flynn (email address above) for review and approval.
  4. Once you have received confirmation from the Graduate School that you have student-at-large status, email Claudia Bank to confirm the following:
    a. ACE transcript has been received and reviewed;
    b. Permission to register for TLCI 586G: Internship in Professional Development--National Board Certification.
  5. ACE credits range from 3-9 credit hours and meets requirements for up to 9 credit hours of TLCI 586G, an internship in which teaches work individually or in small groups under the guidance of a staff member or university supervisor. Students can register for no more than the number of hours designated on the ACE transcript.
  6. If your materials are received prior to the start of the term for which you wish to be enrolled, you will be permitted to enroll for that term. If your materials are received after the start of the term, you will be enrolled in TLCI 586G for the following term.
  7. You will be billed for tuition and fees for 3-9 on-campus credit hours for the cost of graduate credit. Please check with the Bursar’s Office for a breakdown of fees. Withdrawal and fee reduction will follow university guidelines.There will be no refunds approved after the university deadline for the semester the student is enrolled in TLCI 586G.
  8. Students registered for nine or more on-campus credit hours will be charged the student health insurance premium. Insurance is charged on a per-semester rate. Students can opt out of this insurance coverage and request a cancellation of the fee if they are covered by an insurance plan with benefits equal to or better than the NIU student insurance coverage. To opt out of the insurance students much contact the Student Insurance Office prior to the beginning of the semester or within the first 15 calendar days (not class days) of the semester.Only the Student Insurance Office can remove the insurance premium from the student’s account. For more information on student health insurance or for questions regarding student medical coverage, please contact the Student Insurance Office at (815-753-0122). In addition, because the course is campus-based, NIU Health Services immunization requirements may apply. 
  9. TLCI 586G is an online course with no face-to-face meetings. Once the semester begins, students must check their Blackboard course website and contact the course supervisor. The table below details the course requirements based on the number of credit hours sought:

    Required Tasks

    3 Credit Hours

    6 Credit Hours

    9 Credit Hours

    Discussion with course supervisor to review requirements and set deadlines*

    X

    X

    X

    Write a Critical Reflection Essay

    X

    X

    X

    Write a Teaching and Learning Impact Essay

    X

    X

    Create and Deliver a Professional Development Activity at a School/District of Choosing

    X

    *The required discussion can occur through a number of means: in-person, by phone or by internet-based communication (Skype or Google Hangout).
  10. Grades are posted at the end of the semester by email to the student’s NIU email account. Transcripts are usually available three to four weeks later. Contact the Office of Registration and Records for more information.

If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact either Joseph Flynn by email eflynn@niu.edu  or phone at 815-753-4539.

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Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Gabel Hall 147
815-753-8556
815-753-8563 (fax)
CIDepartment@niu.edu 

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