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Profession-based Learning

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At Northwest, we strive to be a leader in profession-based learning, a set of experiences developed through industry and community collaborations and partnerships, preparing all Northwest students for life-long learning, in their careers and as citizens.

Profession-based Curriculum

All Northwest students experience real-life, hands-on, problem-solving experiences. Whether through case studies with external and internal audiences, peer-to-peer learning, practicums or field experiences, Northwest strives for courses across the core and all major degree programs to implement these types of experiences.

Co-Curricular Integration

A significant amount of student learning occurs outside the classroom. Engagement in student organizations, service learning, and the broader campus community, provide opportunities for students to work with diverse groups of people, develop vital citizenship skills and enhance career preparedness skills.

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Internship Opportunities

Internships integrate knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills developed in a professional setting. Internships help students make connections in professional fields and give employers the opportunity to guide and grow talent.

Capstone Experiences

Capstone experiences take the knowledge and skills students have developed during their course of study and apply them in a professional setting. The requirements are presented in a variety of formats, including project research and development, exhibitions of artistic endeavors and demonstrations of technical abilities.

Faculty Development Opportunities

Northwest faculty are encouraged to engage in formal and informal professional development opportunities such as assessment of curricular outcomes, training in best practices in their courses, as well as externships, where faculty embed themselves in outside organizations for periods of time.

Student Learning Spaces

Northwest is creating living and learning spaces that invite collaboration and emphasize project-based learning. Through learning studios and maker spaces, students connect as an interdisciplinary community and share resources and knowledge as they build and showcase their work in a learn-by-doing environment.

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Professional Advisory Boards

Professional Advisory Boards, composed of industry professionals, assist in the development and maintenance of state-of-the-art academic programs, the creation of profession-based learning opportunities and the overall advancement of academic units through strategic planning and fundraising.

How To Get Involved

We are always seeking external partners to engage in our profession-based learning activities both in and out of the classroom. Interested in learning more? Fill out this form and we will be in contact to learn more about your interest.

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PBL Palooza Event

In November of 2019, Northwest will host an event to showcase student profession based learning. Click the button below to learn more about PBL Palooza.

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Additional Information

For more information on profession-based learning contact:

Jill Brown

Jill Brown
Director of Partnerships and Placement
Northwest Missouri State University
130 Administration Building
jillb@nwmissouri.edu
660.562.1251

Kori

Dr. Kori Hoffmann
Asst. Vice President of Student Affairs
Student Engagement and Development
Northwest Missouri State University
khoff20@nwmissouri.edu
660.562.1535

Tyler

Tyler Tapps, Ph.D., CPRP
Assistant Director: School of Health Science and Wellness
Provost Fellow: Director of Profession-based Learning
Associate Professor
Accreditation Coordinator: Recreation Program
tytapps@nwmissouri.edu

PROFESSION-BASED LEARNING AT NORTHWEST

To learn more about profession-based learning at Northwest, check out the success stories below:

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MO Hope PBL Promo


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