Special Education Subsequent Certification (Type 10 Certification)

Teachers who have an Illinois teaching certificate in early childhood education, elementary education or secondary education may add certification in special education through this standards-based sequence. Teachers who have only a teaching certificate from another state or who have only a temporary, substitute or other specialized teaching certificate are not eligible for this program. Candidates for subsequent certification must be admitted to NLU.

Eligible candidates begin by completing SPE 569 which includes the development of a college-approved electronic portfolio as a self-assessment of the extent to which they have met the state standards for elementary certification. A faculty team from the new certification area reviews the portfolio and determines additional requirements for the certificate. Candidates then meet with an advisor from elementary education to plan a personalized program.

At the conclusion of this personalized program, candidates complete a practicum experience, SPE 575, the extent of which is determined by the faculty team, taking into account candidates' previous experience and state standards. At the conclusion of the practicum, candidates may apply for state certification in special education.

In addition to National College of Education Graduate Admission Requirements, applicants must:

  • Submit official scores from the Miller Analogies Test (waived if applicant has a master’s degree)
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework
  • Have valid and current Illinois teacher certification
  • Note: Applicants who were certified originally out-of-state or before 1994 need to pass the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP)
  • Note: Candidates may be eligible for financial aid. Contact the Financial Aid office for more information.

Required Courses

SPE569Portfolio Development for Subsequent Certification

SPE575Subsequent Certification Practicum

Additional courses are selected in collaboration with an advisor to complete certification standards.