Inquiry Magazine Northwestern School of Education and Social Policy

FALL 2011

Penelope Peterson


Dear Friends,

Founded in 1850 to serve the people of the Northwest Territory, Northwestern University embodies the spirit of those early pioneers who first settled the river valleys of Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. This frontier spirit has continued over the years.

Eschewing the prevailing two-year teacher training programs of that time, in April 1926, Northwestern’s trustees established the School of Education as a separate administrative unit of the University authorized to award the four-year degree of Bachelor of Science in Education.

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