A newly revised curriculum at Northwest gives candidates who have declared education as a major the opportunity to be in field experiences first block, freshman year. By the second block, the candidates are observing in schools in urban, rural and suburban settings.
Northwest Missouri State University takes pride in preparing educators who reach and inspire the students they teach and lead. As a two-time recipient of the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education, Northwest offers an exemplary program built upon a culture of quality.
The Northwest School of Education is a community that embraces collaboration and mutual respect among students, faculty and staff. Our successful learning community welcomes and honors the diverse voices and talents of each of its members. We strive to prepare excellent, effective teachers and leaders who catalyze educational excellence by preparing PK-12 professional educators and leaders who apply best practices to positively impact learning. Our school fosters inquiry, collaboration and innovation.
The Northwest campus includes a lab school serving PK-sixth grade. This gives students an opportunity to engage in meaningful experiences with students early in their preparation program. The Leet Center, which focuses on Early Education beginning at age three, serves children’s developmental needs and serves as a learning space for our college students. The Horace Mann Elementary School serves students in grades K-6 in investigative learning.
The School of Education prepares students to become caring teachers who possess the highest level of professional knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to help all students learn in a diverse and ever-changing world.
The School of Education includes:
- 801 undergraduate students.
- 198 graduate students.
- 466 secondary education majors.
- During the previous year there were 279 graduates in undergraduate, graduate or doctoral level (in collaboration with the University of Missouri).
Undergraduate programs: Elementary Education, Early Childhood, Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Middle School, Secondary
Master’s programs: Elementary, Early Childhood, Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Middle School, Reading Specialist, Educational Leadership
We also offer an online option in seven-week to 12-month formats for Special Education, Education Leadership,and Curriculum and Instruction programs.
In my first semester at Northwest, I observed in a 1st grade classroom. By the same time the next year, I was learning to prepare lessons and teach them to actual children. While this pushed me out of my comfort zone, I had the support of my professors at every step of the way. I truly think that I was more prepared to be a teacher through my experience at Northwest.
- In-personProgram Format
The mission of the School of Education is to prepare caring teachers who possess the highest level of professional knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to help all students learn in a diverse and ever-changing world. This principle serves as the guiding framework for the developmental learning opportunities afforded to teachers in training in the various programs offered throughout the department. Our programs are nationally accredited (since 1954) through NCATE and plan to continue to seek national accreditation through the Council of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the state of Missouri through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the office of Educator Quality for the state of Missouri. In 2016, Northwest was selected by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Eduction (AACTE) as a case study and on-campus visit to chronicle the best uses of data and assessment systems to continually improve teacher education.
Business Education 9-12
Early Childhood Education Birth-3
Early Childhood Special Education Birth-3
Elementary Education 1-6
English Language Learners K-12
Instrumental Music / Vocal Music K-12
Language Arts 5-9
Mild/Moderate Cross Categorical Special Education K-12
Physical Education K-12
Social Sciences 9-12
Speech & Theater 9-12
Social Sciences 9-12
Speech & Theater 9-12
- Hands-On Experience
- Preparation for Diverse Populations
The early field experiences are purposefully diverse so that candidates are experiencing students in all kinds of school settings.
- Mentoring & Coaching
Candidates are immersed in professional learning communities with their peers and an instructor. PLCs meet weekly.
- Program Commitment to Improvement & Excellence
For continual program improvement to occur, data is collected from candidate artifacts, surveys and assessments throughout the program.