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.

Education is one of the 3 largest programs at Northwestern.

  • Elementary education majors choose from among 15 endorsement areas.
  • Students seeking certification as a secondary education teacher will major in the subject area they wish to teach. They can also choose from among 13 endorsement areas.
  • Northwestern is the only college in Iowa that offers a unified endorsement program online.


Northwestern’s education professors have experience teaching a variety of ages in a variety of classroom settings. Under their mentorship, you’ll discover how you can demonstrate your faith in the classroom and have a lasting impact on your students’ learning and lives.

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. You'll spend more than 100 hours in classroom settings before you student teach, which is just one of the reasons our education program is recognized in Rugg's Recommendations on the Colleges as a high-quality program that attracts top students.