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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 1 of only 4 in Iowa accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the country’s leading accrediting agency for teacher 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—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.

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

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