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Northwest Missouri State University


Northwest receives national award for teacher education excellence

Northwest receives national award for teacher education excellence

The McAuliffe Award recognizes the culmination of Northwest’s work, begun in 2014 with collaboration and resources from University leadership and pre-K-12 partners, to overhaul the curriculum and clinical field experiences offered by its School of Education.

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Lauren is Career Ready. Day One.

Lauren is Career Ready. Day One.

Lauren Russell is launching her career as a professional teacher – and she’ll be an advocate for the University because of the valuable experience she gained. She completed her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and begins her professional career this fall in the Liberty Public School District.

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Community gathers to celebrate opening of outdoor classroom

Community gathers to celebrate opening of outdoor classroom

The finished outdoor classroom provides a recreational space unlike any other in Maryville or the northwest Missouri region. It is designed as a next-generation space that goes beyond a single sport or activity, and it aligns with Horace Mann’s emphasis on curriculum-driven outdoor education, health and wellness, and environmental stewardship.

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School of Education

The School of Education is a community that embraces collaboration and mutual respect among students, faculty and staff. Our successful learning community welcomes and honors the diverse voices and talents of each of its members. 

Our mission is to prepare excellent, effective teachers, and leaders who catalyze education excellence by preparing pre-kindergarten through grade 12 professional educators and leaders who apply best practices to positively impact learning. Our award-winning faculty and staff foster inquiry, collaboration and innovation. They personally invest in students and their success. Our nationally-accredited programs are built upon innovative clinical experiences in diverse school settings. The School prizes meaningful engagement in the craft of teaching and leading. Through local regional, national and international partnerships, we connect our learning community with experts in settings that provide meaningful learning experiences. Our caring faculty create the conditions for tremendous personal and professional growth.

The School of Education supports Horace Mann Laboratory School, an on-campus kindergarten through sixth grade laboratory school, and the Phyllis and Richard Leet Center, a laboratory pre-school with distinctly child-focused curriculum featuring mixed-age exploratory learning. Graduates are well-regarded; the School of Education routinely has a placement rate nearing 100 percent. Additionally, more than 95 percent of graduates and their employers recommend Northwest education programs. Many graduates have earned recognition for extraordinary teaching, including many state teachers of the year.

We welcome you to our learning community at Northwest Missouri State University and encourage you to explore the majors, minors, master’s program and the Cooperative Educational Leadership doctoral program we offer.

Online programs are also available.