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



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

Molly Quick, Dean (425/889-5304; molly.quick@northwesu.edu)

Pam Skolrud, Program Coordinator (425/889-5299; pam.skolrud@northwestu.edu)

Jordan Thompson, Receptionist (425/889-5272; jordan.thompson@northwestu.edu)