The Northwest Difference
Elementary Education majors at Northwest are certified to teach in first through sixth grades with a concentration in a certain subject. Faculty focus on ensuring students are proficient in their content areas, teaching methodologies that include strategies to engage students and plan effective lessons, and classroom management that establishes positive relationships.
Students in the School of Education participate in multiple hands-on experiences to ensure they are career-ready upon graduation.
100% of students who graduate with the elementary education degree obtain employment or continue their education within six months after graduation.
Profession-Based Learning Experiences
Education majors get experience in the classroom during their freshman year. The School of Education is dedicated to ensuring students are career-ready and prepared for the first day of school.
Freshman-year observation provides students an opportunity to observe a professional teacher for 15 hours during their first year. Students interact with professionals in the field, and learn the operations of a classroom and effective teaching practices.
During a student’s sophomore year, students participate in a field experience, during which they outline a unit plan and teach lessons.
During the junior-year practicum experience, students spend 90 hours in the classroom, teaching lessons, integrating technology and literacy, engaging in learning strategies and using assessments to guide education.
The senior-year student teaching involves students in preparing lessons and teaching in a classroom for 16 weeks during their final year.
Horace Mann Laboratory School is a clinical teaching environment on the Northwest campus to gain profession-based opportunities and skills. Horace Mann is one of a small number of laboratory schools in the United States, and provides hands-on, project-based learning for students to ensure they are career-ready upon graduation.
Northwest faculty have networks and work collaboratively with surrounding grade schools, middle schools and high schools, ensuring students have opportunities to participate in classrooms as early as their freshman year at Northwest.
Kindergarten scientists were experimenting with live earthworms. The kids were learning about living and non-living things. Some were grossed out, but most were excited to see and touch the slimy things during science. It was such a fun experience to see my students enjoy learning about this topic and getting dirty.