The Elementary Teaching concentration at Northwestern will help you become a skilled and knowledgeable elementary school teacher. This in-depth program is widely respected for its emphasis on reflection, research, flexibility and lifelong learning. Course work will prepare you for the Illinois Professional Educator License for elementary and/or middle school, and you do not need prior teaching experience or background in education to apply.
Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy consistently ranks among the top 10 graduate schools of education nationwide, according to U.S. News and World Report. Choose a SESP degree program in Elementary Teaching, Secondary Teaching or for certified teachers, Teacher Leadership.
Distinctions of the Elementary Teaching Concentration
Focus on Reflection and Inquiry
Our students learn to become truly reflective educators who are able to continuously assess and improve their own professional practice.
Emphasis on the Social Contexts of Education
Effective teachers understand their students’ social and cultural contexts and the roles of schools in society. You will learn about the social contexts of education and have field experiences in both urban and suburban schools.
Faculty conduct courses in a collaborative environment that helps a diverse group of outstanding students best take advantage of the knowledge, insights and experiences of their peers.
Connecting Theory to Practice
Students benefit from a faculty comprised of remarkable teachers with decades of experience and researchers dedicated to improving learning. You will integrate theory with professional practice as you build your own philosophy of teaching.
Full-time students may complete the degree in one calendar year. Students may also pursue the degree part-time and begin the program in any academic quarter. Core courses except for student teaching meet once a week in the evenings to accommodate working students.
Through a three-quarter master's project, students conduct authentic research and explore a topic of interest in-depth.
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