School of Education

Prepare to teach the next generation

Teacher education is an exceptionally competitive field today—in Minnesota and around the country.

At Northwestern, we believe in equipping the next generation of teachers with the character, expertise and cultural competence needed to stand out among their peers. Here you'll learn from long-time teachers who share your faith and love of helping others learn.

And your professors become your personal mentors who will help guide and encourage you during your journey toward teacher licensure—and a classroom of your own!

See the course lists for each of our 10 education bachelor's degrees.


Education major Kirsten Lewis shares how community at Northwestern prepared her for the classroom...

Why study education at Northwestern?

  • Rigorous academic program – You will develop a deep understanding of subject matter and pedagogy in a supportive learning environment.
  • Integration of faith and learning – Your professors are deeply committed to the integration of a Christian worldview with the profession of teaching.
  • Cultural competancy – Learn professional practices for engage students from diverse backgrounds and develop your appreciation for diversity in the classroom.
  • Leadership development – Develop your unique gifts and strengths as a teacher and servant leader.
  • High quality field experiences – Classroom preparation is integrated into every facet of teacher education, linking theory to practical experience.
  • Strong partnerships for success – Northwestern's wide range of P–12 school partnerships enable teacher candidates to have extensive interaction with current practitioners in the field while also receiving mentoring from faculty.


University of Northwestern Child Development Center

The CDC serves as a professional development school site for the early childhood teacher education program. It also provides a unique opportunity for students to observe and participate in the intergenerational programming with children pre-Kindergarten age and senior adults living at the Eagle Crest Senior Community next door.


Get to know Northwestern Education graduates

Award-winning music educator in South Dakota

Within her first five years of teaching, Emily (Cromwell '06) Danger has received two prestigious awards for excellence as a music educator.

Not a tough job market for Jeff Button

For Social Studies Education major Jeff Button '09, graduating in the midst of a recession didn't hamper his abilities to get a teaching position in his field.

Alumnus named Head of School at New Life Academy

Cade Lambert, a 2000 graduate with a degree in Early Education, was recently named Head of School at New Life Academy in Woodbury, Minn.

Teacher pioneers with NASA STEM program

Elementary Education graduate Maralee (Cory '83) Scott was one of 51 teachers across the nation selected to join the NASA Endeavor Science Fellowship Program for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.


Get the best preparation

"I have supervised nearly 20 student teachers from nearly 10 different institutions and I believe that Northwestern is one of the most thorough in preparing, evaluating and supervising student teachers."

– A teacher at a cooperating school partner


"Reach your full potential"

"The rapport that [Northwestern] has built with surrounding schools and teachers is amazing. The professors strive to help you become the best teacher you can be! They care about helping you reach your full potential so that you can go forth and do the same for future students. I have yet to see another school with the same dedication."

– 2011 Education graduate

"The support and information given senior year to help transition into the 'real world' has been excellent."

–2011 Education graduate


Where our graduates are working

Recent education graduates have been employed locally and all over the world in public and private schools in:

  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Montana
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Ecuador
  • India
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Mali
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • Rwanda
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • Vietnam