An education major prepares for an assignment in Children's Literature.

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

Education accreditation

Northwestern's education department is accredited by the Iowa Department of Education. In addition, 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. Our education program emphasizes performance-based outcomes, ensuring you have every opportunity to become an effective teacher.

Trevor Rozeboom

Red Raider-raised

The son of an elementary special education teacher, Trevor seeks to be a strong role model as a teacher/coach like his dad.

Trevor's story

Stephan Sanford

Making connections

At Northwestern, Stephan found a connection to youth he didn't know he had. With the help of professors, he became a teacher and coach who shapes the next generation of students and athletes.

Stephan's story

Courtney Van Beek

Top of the class

As a freshman at Northwestern, Courtney was already spending time in school classrooms as part of her education classes, which helped confirm her desire to become a teacher and coach.

Courtney's story

Marissa Wynja

Servant's heart

While an NWC student, Marissa taught English in Eastern Europe and student-taught in Denver. Both experiences helped her prepare for teaching in Haiti.

Marissa's story

Krissa Hetletvedt

Serving students

Krissa’s classroom passion for students and their learning earned her recognition as Rookie of the Year from the Omaha Education Association.

Krissa's story

Andy Boone

Lifelong learner

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

Andy's story