Applying to Major

Welcome to the College of Education!

Application Due Dates

February 3rd, 2020 – Non COE names, recommendations, and experience with children forms emailed to COE.

February 11th and 12th, 2020 – Group Interaction Exercises & Program Speeches.

February 14th, 2020 – Program application documents and FolioTek Documents are due, please reference FolioTek instruction sheets and individual documents below.

February 25th, 2020 – Admissions Interviews

Overview: Applying to Major

Once you declare Education as your major, you are a member of the College of Education! We are glad you’re here!

We offer three majors: Educational Studies, meant for people interested in education outside of the traditional K-12 classroom; Elementary and Secondary Education, for students wanting to teach in Washington State K-12 Schools. Information about each degree and entrance requirements are in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Steps to Applying

Experience with Children/Youth

In the COE we require all undergrad candidates to accumulate at least twenty-five hours of formally supervised experience with children/youth prior to program admission. This is formally measured by the required ‘Experience with Youth’ recommendation from the candidate’s supervisor as part of the program application.

Application Form & Acknowledgements

You will need to complete an application via your FolioTek portfolio.

Experience with Children/Youth

In the COE we require all undergrad candidates to accumulate at least twenty-five hours of formally supervised experience with children/youth prior to program admission. This is formally measured by the required ‘Experience with Youth’ recommendation from the candidate’s supervisor as part of the program application packet.

Non-College of Ed Faculty Recommendation

Along with foundation courses faculty recommendations, each candidate is also required to collect and submit a recommendation from a non-College of Education NU Faculty member; preferably a professor who teaches in an endorsement content area.

Writing Competency

You will be asked to write a Reflection Paper so that the faculty can  gain a better sense of your background, professional aptitude and writing competency.  The guide for the paper, including the scoring rubric is provided below.  The Reflection Paper will be submitted through your FolioTek account.

Oral Competency Requirement

Each applicant is required to give a five to ten minute speech on the topic: “Why I Want to be a Teacher” The links below provide the overview for the speech and the evaluation rubric.

Group Interaction Competency Requirement

In addition, each candidate will be grouped with 3-5 other candidates for a group interaction exercise.  This exercise will directly follow the oral speech portion outlined above. Details on this aspect of the oral/social competency requirement are outlined at the following links:

Interview Competency

This is the final step in the admissions process. The interview is conducted by the College of Education Faculty in cooperation with our Professional Education Advisory Board and field practitioners (local school teachers and administrators).  The twenty minute interview will focus on your Reflection Paper, your professional aptitude, your experience with children, and your passion to be a teacher.  The guide below will give you a helpful sense of what to expect.