Attention Preservice Teachers

All students participating in a Clinical Experience for the 2023-24 academic year will begin their field placement on August 14, 2023. Students will be on site two full days per week with accompanying workshops to attend outside of these hours.

K-12 Teaching

K-12 Teaching


Elementary Teaching and Secondary Teaching Degrees

Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) Teacher Education programs are committed to nurturing ways of learning and teaching that can help all students thrive by centering our work around four guiding commitments to: Advance Equity and Social Justice; Foster Subject Matter Sensemaking; Understand Learning and Human Development; and Engage Within and Across Community. In response to our current moment in history, we seek to develop educators who are prepared to form new social and cultural realities for all learners, and especially for those who have been underserved by various systems of education. Candidates in our programs will work towards a better understanding of self and system in service of collaborative change and improvement.

The size of the program allows for small, interactive courses where connections can grow between students and professors and within cohorts of teacher candidates. A combination of intensive coursework and deep clinical experiences are designed to develop strong understandings of the relationship between the skill of responsive practice and the explanatory power of theory. The teacher-candidate experience culminates in a capstone project that draws together clinical experience, action research, and the application of theoretical knowledge that allows students to understand the role of data and research in pursuit of transformative teaching and learning.

At a Glance

  • Coursework: 15 units (40 semester hours); additional content area coursework may apply depending on undergraduate background ( for more information see the licensure page)
  • Timing:
    • The primary pathway (recommended) includes 18 months of coursework spanning six academic quarters (fall, winter, and spring in consecutive years, with no classes in summer).
    • For those who have already satisfied all or most of their content area licensure requirements prior to applying to the MSEd program, an intensive one-year pathway exists: 12 months of coursework spanning four academic quarters (Summer Quarter through Spring Quarter, with no breaks).
  • Clinical experience: Fall Practicum (2 days/week the school day, from mid-August through early December), Winter Student Teaching (full-time during the school day for 10 weeks)
  • Licensure: Illinois Professional Educator License (PEL). Those pursuing Elementary Teaching received an elementary endorsement (general classroom, grades 1-6); those pursuing Secondary Teaching received both Middle Grades (5-8) and High School (9-12) endorsements in a specific content area. Additional endorsements are available based on undergraduate background.
  • GRE: Not required

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Master of Science in Education School of Education & Social Policy

618 Garrett Place
Evanston, IL 60208
Northwestern University

Phone: 847/467-1458