Education faculty

Derek Brower, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Education

Ed.D., Montana State University
M.Ed., Western Washington University
B.A., Western Washington University
B.A., Northwestern College

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Dr. Brower brings a global perspective and extensive classroom experience to his position on the education faculty, having taught secondary science for 12 years at schools in Iowa, Botswana, the Marshall Islands and Thailand. He graduated from Northwestern College with a major in philosophy and earned a second degree in science education and a master’s degree in technology education from Western Washington University. He completed a Doctor of Education degree at Montana State University, where his research focused on science education curriculum and instruction. A former assistant youth director, Brower has been active in mission trips with high school students and taught physical science at the College of the Marshall Islands.


  • Philosophy of Education

    Philosophy of Education

    (2 credits) The liberally educated Christian teacher is the knowledgeable servant of God and society and this course examines critically the reasoning behind policies and methods of teaching, learning and schooling. Various schools of thought are discussed, including a distinctively Christian perspective, to assist students in their personal response to these issues as they serve as professional teachers. Prerequisite: admission into teacher education program.
  • Methods of Teaching Secondary Natural Science

    Methods of Teaching Secondary Natural Science

    (3 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of the techniques and materials for teaching natural science at the secondary school level (for biology and chemistry majors). Prerequisite: upperclassman.
  • Instructional Technology

    Instructional Technology

    (2 credits) This course enables students to develop proficiency with a variety of technologies available for classroom instruction. It also provides insights and tools that would apply to 1:1 classrooms, flipped classrooms and online learning. Most of the coursework is based as students demonstrate basic working knowledge of various tools and equipment.
  • Teaching Science in the Elementary Classroom

    Teaching Science in the Elementary Classroom

    (3 credits) Foundational course for teaching science in the elementary classroom. Methods and materials will be developed as they relate to modern practices of teaching science. This course will focus on a broad range of topics covered in this curricular area, including earth/space science. This course includes field experience. Prerequisites: admission into teacher education program and concurrent enrollment in EDU343.

Professional experience

  • Professor Brower has taught secondary science for twelve years before joining the faculty of NWC. Most of that time was spent teaching overseas. His teaching experience has included the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching on a U.S. military base, teaching missionary kids overseas and teaching at a pubic school in Iowa.


  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • National Science Teacher Association
  • North Central Association of Science Teacher Educators