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Northwest Missouri State University

Elementary Education

Why Study Elementary Education at Northwest?

The Northwest Missouri State University elementary education program is staffed with highly-qualified and nationally-recognized professors with decades of experience in teaching and school leadership roles. Elementary education majors have the unique opportunity to get hands-on experience working with practicing professional educators in a real school setting at Horace Mann Laboratory School, an outstanding fully staffed P-6 school located right on campus.

Career Opportunities

Northwest elementary education graduates have gone on to become employees at the following school districts, among others: Avenue City School District, Kearney R-1 School District, Millard Public Schools, Park Hill School District and Platte County School District.


  • Hunt-Porter Scholarship
  • Howard A. McIntosh Scholarship
  • Dr. Gaylord Morrison Scholarship
  • Shawna Severson Zech Memorial Scholarship
  • Awalt G. Steffen Memorial Scholarship
  • Jim Williams Memorial Scholarship

Complete list of departmental scholarships and how to apply »

Student Organizations

K.I.D.S. (Kind Individuals Dedicated to Students)
K.I.D.S. is similar to a "big brother" or "big sister" organization. Members pair up with an elementary school student and communicate with that student at least twice per month.
S.M.S.T.A. (Student Missouri State Teachers' Association)
This organization is open to all Northwest students who are interested in spending time with elementary-school-aged children. This group meets monthly and provides an evening of games, crafts, and snacks for elementary children and their Northwest "buddies."

View complete list of campus organizations »

Program Requirements

Category I

  1. 21 ACT composite or higher (or the SAT equivalent: SAT-980); and
  2. A minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA or above (on 4.00 scale)

Category II

  1. Have a combined percentile index that equals or exceeds 100 points; and
  2. A minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA or above (on 4.00 scale)

The Northwest Difference

The Northwest Difference

Founded in 1905, Northwest is a traditional campus with more than 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in the middle of everywhere, Maryville is two hours from Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri and
2 ½ hours from Des Moines, Iowa.