NIU School Safety for Preservice Teachers

    The Illinois legislature requires that the curriculum at all State universities contain instruction in safety education for teachers and other education professionals. View the text of Illinois Public Act 095-0371

    Northern Illinois University has chosen to have teacher candidates fulfill this requirement via the following web-based tool. The Module contains both audio and text content and was designed to provide straightforward, practical information about safety for teachers. Completing the Module should take between 60 and 90 minutes.

    Module Features

    1. Ability to log off and return to saved spot in the Module
    2. Control playback including Pause/Play, Mute Audio, and Closed Captioning
    3. Ability to review previously viewed content by screen or by section
    4. Integrated quiz questions with feedback for correct and incorrect responses
    5. Confirmation email upon successful completion

    Launch the Module

    How to use the NIU School Safety for Preservice Teachers Module

    Login to the module using your NIU Email address. The first time you login to the system, you will be asked for a few pieces of information, including your “EMPL-ID.” This is NOT your Z ID, see instructions in the section below for looking up your EMPL-ID. It is important that you use the correct ID; you will NOT receive credit for completion if you use an invalid EMPL-ID or an EMPL-ID that does not belong to you.

    module login screen capture

    The presentation will begin on its own. There are 12 sections covering important topics in School Safety, each with a few quiz questions at the end of the section. You must view each screen and answer each quiz question to proceed. The module should take about an hour to complete.

    tutorial screen shots

    The control bar at the bottom of the screen lets you control the module playback. Play or pause the audio at any time (1), mute the audio (2), turn the closed captioning on and off (3), use the Next button to move to the next screen once you have viewed the current screen, and use the back button to view previously viewed screens (4).

    control bar

    You can use the section bookmarks to track your progress, look ahead to see which topics are upcoming, and to return to sections you have already completed.

    section bookmarks

    The EXIT button in the top right will allow you to leave the Module while saving your progress. The next time you login, you will begin where you left off.

    exit button

    When you have successfully completed all sections, you will see the Congratulations screen. Feel free to browse the resources section that follows the module. You will receive a confirmation email to the email address you used to create an account. The NIU Office of Records and Registration will also receive notification of your completion of this module. You do not need to submit any paperwork or forward your confirmation email to anyone unless specifically directed by your department.

    congratulations screen

    How to retrieve your EMPL-ID

    In order to access the Safety Module you will need to enter your EMPL-ID. Please note that this is different than your Z-ID. To find your EMPLID please log onto MyNIU, at To log in, use your ZID and password (the same username and password you use for Blackboard).

    MyNIU screen shot

    Select “Self Service” then “Campus Personal Information” then “Demographic Information”.

    MyNIU screen shots

    Your EMPLID will be displayed in the same area highlighted in the example below:

    personal information screen shot