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Elementary Education

Program(s) Available: B.S.Ed.

Are you patient, adaptive and a leader? Are you someone who likes to work with diverse backgrounds, solve problems and explain new concepts? If so, our elementary education major could be for you.

Why Study Elementary Education at Northwest

The elementary education program focuses on ensuring that teacher candidates are proficient in the use of instructional strategies, teaching methodologies and classroom management techniques that engage all children in a variety of settings. The program emphasizes diverse field experiences and teaching opportunities beginning in the first semester of classes. 

The elementary education program graduates are certified to teach first through sixth grades and have completed a 21-credit-hour concentration in a content area of their choice. Concentration options include language arts, social studies, science, mathematics, physical education, special education, technology or other content areas of choice.

Career Ready

“At Northwest, we have the unique opportunity to get hands-on experience at Horace Mann Laboratory School. This exposure to classroom settings early on in our college career helps kick-start our teacher education journeys and fuel our passion for teaching. When paired with the collaboration and community of the entire School of Education faculty, staff, and students, Northwest really goes above and beyond.” — Jenna Lee Johnson

Career opportunities

  • Teaching grades first through sixth

What Can I Do With a Major in Elementary Education?

Learn to teach at our on-campus school

Horace Mann Laboratory School, an elementary school consisting of grades transitional kindergarten through six, is a clinical teaching environment located on the Northwest campus where students gain profession-based skills. Horace Mann is one of a small number of laboratory schools in the United States and provides hands-on experience for students to ensure they are career-ready upon graduation. 

In addition to field experiences at Horace Man, Northwest faculty have networks and work collaboratively with elementary schools in the region, state, nation and even internationally to ensure the availability of experiences in various settings.

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