Welcome to the College of Education at Northwest University!

Whether you are an undergraduate candidate working your way through your four semester education progression, an MIT candidate in our accelerated eleven-month program, or an MEd candidate deepening your skills in our five semester program, our aim is to help you grow as a learner-focused, adaptive, and holistic educator.  We fully believe that teaching is both a science (requiring technical knowledge and skill), as well as an art (demanding creativity and flexibility).  Our programs hold both in tension!

In the NU College of Education (COE) we take an optimistic view of the world.  We are certainly not naive regarding the complexities of education, nor the real threats that students, schools, and societies face; but, like Dewey, we believe that teachers can make a significant difference in the lives of students and families.  We believe that well-prepared educators can mentor a new generation of P-12 students who will shape a world of hope and meaning.  So, welcome to the project of educating our next generation of world leaders.  You just may inspire a student who will go on to find a cure for cancer, who may broker peace in the Middle East, who may devise ways to travel the universe in the blink of an eye, or who may foster meaningful conversation across the political aisle!

Important Reminders and Events

Issaquah School District Career Fair

Issaquah School District will be hosting a Career Fair on February 27, 2017 from 3-7 pm and  April 19, 2017 from 3-7 pm. The Fairs will be held at the Issaquah School District Administrative Building, 565 NW Holly St, Issaquah, WA 98027. Contact for this fair is ISD HR Dept/ Bethany Rogers 425-837-7060.

Washington State Career Fair

Spokane Convention Center– March 15, 2017

Tacoma Dome Arena– March 29,2017

Please plan to attend this career fair.
Details including what you need to bring with you are available at http://www.wspa.net/washington-educator-career-fairs.

Monroe School District Career Fair

Monroe School District will be hosting a Career Fair on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Monroe High School.  They will have administrators on hand at the Career Fair to interview potential employees and look forward to meeting any of your education students ready to enter the teaching profession. Click HERE for more information.

Lake Washington School District Career Fairs

Lake Washington School District is having TWO career fairs on January 28th (11am-5pm) and March 11th (9am-12pm). LWSD is the third-largest district in the state, has high-achieving and supportive schools, and anticipates hiring a strong cohort of teachers and administrators this year. The district’s schools are known for promoting collaboration and collegiality, and our award-winning New Teacher Support Program provides key resources that help educators to be successful from day one.

Principals, Assistant Principals, Teachers, Program Directors and Directors of School Support will be on hand to meet with you to discuss Lake Washington School District’s schools and coming job opportunities. We look forward to talking with you and learning more about your background and the types of certificated or administrative roles you’re most interested in pursuing – please bring a resume to share!

Lake Washington hires primarily from general postings, which will be available on our job site shortly. All interested applicants are invited to start their applications today: www.lwsd.org/employment

Conceptual Framework

All of our programs are guided by our COE Conceptual Framework.  This research based ‘mission statement’ revolves around the central theme of producing ‘leaner-focused, adaptive, and holistic’ P-12 educators.  This philosophy, along with our nine related candidate proficiencies, is outlined in our Conceptual Framework.  Please click the link below, asking two simple questions as you read:

  1. In what ways might this philosophy frame my own work with P-12 students?
  2. If I were to take this philosophy seriously, how might it impact me, my P-12 students, and their families in positive ways?


COE Conceptual Framework

COE Support

We provide a list of resources in the panel of links in the toolbar to the right.  Please explore these as they apply.  In addition, each candidate receives a detailed, program-linked planner upon admission.  If you haven’t received yours, please contact the COE office.  If you have questions along the way, these resources will be important places to turn.  Finally, our COE staff and faculty are here to support you.  Please feel free to contact us (by email, phone, or just stop by our office!) if you have concerns, questions, feedback, or ideas!  The journey you are on is a partnership between you, the College of Education, and our field partners.  Communication is essential in giving you a meaningful educational experience and in preparing you well for the teaching profession.

College of Education, Rice Hall, R-10

Ron Jacobson, Dean (425/889-5304; ron.jacobson@northwestu.edu)

Portfolio
• Program leadership
• Program Design & Operations
• COE initiatives
• Assessment
• Faculty & Staff management
• State Communications

Pam Skolrud, Program Coordinator (425/889-5272; pam.skolrud@northwestu.edu)

Portfolio
• Certification Officer
• Program Design
• Data Collection & Reporting
• Teacher-Candidate Manager
• Budget Manager
• Process Manager
• State Reporting

Jordan Thompson, Program Assistant (425/889-5292; jordan.thompson@northwestu.edu)

Portfolio
• Foliotek Coordinator
• Program Data Collection and Monitoring
• Candidate Process Coordinator
• COE Webmaster
• COE Media and Social-experience Coordinator

Kara Santucci, Receptionist (425/889-5272; kara.blom-santucci@northwestu.edu)

Portfolio
• Office Operations
• Supplies Management
• Candidate Resources Coordinator
• COE Communications
• COE Rice Library Manager