Education faculty

Rik Dahl, M.A.

Lecturer in Education

M.A., University of Colorado
B.A., Northwestern College



A former high school principal, Rik Dahl teaches educational psychology, social studies methods, and classroom management courses for Northwestern's education department. Prior to becoming an administrator, Dahl taught 4th grade in a public school in Colorado. He also managed the expenditures and programming for three school districts funded by $1.2 million in state and federal grants.

Dahl earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Northwestern and a master's degree in administrative leadership and policies studies at the University of Colorado-Denver. In addition to teaching in NWC's education department, he serves as the college's head wrestling coach.


  • Foundations of Education

    Foundations of Education

    (2 credits) This course provides philosophical, historical, social and economical foundational background for students considering the teaching profession.
  • Educational Psychology

    Educational Psychology

    (3 credits) The application of psychological principles to the learner, the learning process and the learning situation. This course not only explores learning theories that impact education today, but also has an emphasis on developing appropriate motivation techniques, creating developmentally appropriate and productive learning environments, developing classroom management, as well as developing authentic and appropriate evaluation and assessment. Prerequisites: EDU102, PSY221 or 224, and junior class standing.
  • Behavior Management and Classroom Instruction

    Behavior Management and Classroom Instruction

    (3 credits) This course is designed to provide an overview of various models for classroom and behavior management. The course will emphasize both theoretical and practical dimensions of behavior and social concerns. Prerequisite: EDU206.
  • Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary Classroom

    Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary Classroom

    (2 credits) Foundational course for teaching social science in the elementary classroom. Methods and materials will be developed as they relate to modern practices of teaching social studies. This course will focus on the broad range of topics covered in this curricular area, including economics and civic literacy. This course includes field experience. Prerequisite: admission into teacher education program.

Professional experience

  • Secondary Principal, Big Sandy School, Simla, Colorado
  • Secondary Principal, Limon Public Schools, Limon, Colorado
  • Director of Learning, Limon Public Schools, Limon, Colorado
  • Fourth Grade Teacher, Limon Public Schools, Limon, Colorado