Teacher as servant. That’s the philosophy of Northwestern’s education program, where you’ll learn in student-centered courses. You’ll also get experience in area classrooms as you earn your degree—beginning with your first year of college until your final test: student-teaching.

Academic programs

Education is one of the 3 largest programs at Northwestern and offers majors in elementary and secondary education as well as Master of Education degrees. Explore undergraduate programs

CAEP accreditation

Northwestern's education department is one of only 4 in Iowa accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and our elementary education program has earned national recognition from the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI). That means our program meets high standards for both its coursework and field experiences—and our graduates are more likely to pass the teacher testing necessary to meet license requirements in various states. Our education program emphasizes performance-based outcomes, ensuring that you have every opportunity to become an effective teacher.

On a teaching track

A member of Northwestern’s soccer and track and field teams, it was an easy decision for Jahdai to add a physical education minor to her elementary education major.

Jahdai's story

Lifelong learner

Northwestern's emphasis on service and community have helped Andy Boone excel as a teacher and graduate student ...

Andy's story