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) and our programs help you learn how to 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 John 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

UNDERGRADUATE:

Cohort Check-Ins with Dr. Quick and Professor Ewart:

Thursday, September 27, 3:30-4:30pm, R-1

Thursday, November 8, 3:30-4:30pm, R-1

Thursday, December 6, 3:30-4:30pm, R-1

These will be a time to check in on timeline, program requirements, field experiences, etc. All COE students are welcome and encouraged to attend!

October

3rd: Photo Day

18th-19th: Reading Day (No Classes)

29th: Registration for Spring Semester Begins (Seniors)

30th: Registration for Spring Semester Beings (Juniors)

November

21: Reading day (No Classes)

22nd-23rd: Thanksgiving Break

December

1st: Student Teacher, Mentor Teacher, & Principal Training (Live Stream Option Available)

7th: Advising Survey 2 (Juniors) or 3 (Seniors) due

10th-14th: Finals Week

15th: Winter Break Begins (Seniors September/Methods experience hour log due on Foliotek

January 2019

14th: First day of Classes

24th: MLK Jr. Day (No Classes)


GRADUATE: 

September

24th: Candidate Reflection Survey Due

October

3rd: Photo Day

5th: Fingerprints Due

29th: Registration for Spring Semester Begins

November

9th: Graduation Application Due to Registrar’s Office

21st-23rd: Thanksgiving Break

December

1st: Student Teacher, Mentor Teacher, & Principal Training (Live Stream Option Available)

10th-14th: Finals Week

15th: Winter Break Begins

January 2019

14th: First day of Classes

24th: MLK Jr. Day (No Classes)

25th: Candidate Reflection Survey Due 

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

Pam Skolrud – Program Coordinator 425.889.5299

Kate Ramage – Program Coordinator for the Grow-Your-Own Program 425.889.5292

Zach Smith – Program Assistant 425.889.5272

Shane Krumm – Graduate Enrollment Counselor 425.889.7794