Graduate Program

NIU Sociology's Accreditation In Teaching

The Department of Sociology has designed a system by which those who are interested in pursuing a teaching career might become accredited.  This system combines instructional techniques with hands-on training.

To achieve the NIU Sociology Accreditation in Teaching, you need to build a Teaching Portfolio that includes the following:

  • A teaching certificate from the NIU Faculty Development, which requires that you:
    • Attend one of the two TA orientations, held just before the start of each semester.
    • Attend five additional TA classes over the course of one year.
    • Supplements: The TA leader in FACDEV also runs a small group each year for current TA's in which they talk about building a teaching portfolio - writing a teaching philosophy, peer-reviews, student reviews, and anything else that one might want to include in their portfolio as they are applying for teaching jobs.
  • Develop your own syllabus for a SOCI 170 course, including reading and assignments.
  • Compose your teaching philosophy and how you would integrate that into SOCI 170.
  • Guest lecture two times in SOCI 170 courses, with faculty evaluations of these lectures.

 Contact Director of Graduate Studies Dr. Diane Rodgers at