Academics


Secondary Education Major

Secondary Education Major

Being a transformative leader in the classroom takes commitment and passion—you have that. Now, all you need is the training to make your goals a reality, and Northwest University's Secondary Education program can help you do that. With Northwest's holistic approach to learning, you'll gain the academic background and hands-on experience you need to teach students in 5th through 12th grade in a public or private school setting.

Why Secondary Education at NU?

  • Choose from endorsements in the following areas: Biology, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, or Health and Fitness; plus minor subject area endorsements in English Language Learning (ELL) or Theatre Arts.
  • Benefit from small class sizes, which allow for real connections with professors and other students and a personalized learning experience.
  • Learn foundational teaching concepts in basic subject areas in the humanities, mathematics, and sciences, but also receive advanced training in learning theory, instructional method, and assessment.
  • Gain practical teaching experience through NU's partnerships with local public and private schools.
  • Earn your Washington State teaching certification from a reputable, state-accredited program.

Internship Opportunities

  • Greater Seattle area public school districts:
    Seattle, Bellevue, Northshore, Shoreline, etc.
  • Private schools:
    Bellevue Christian, Cedar Park Christian, Bear Creek, etc.

Common Career Paths

A degree from NU can help you launch your career immediately after graduation. Some of the career fields that a degree in Secondary Education can open up for you include:

  • Teaching in public or private middle schools and high schools in Washington State
  • Teaching elsewhere in the United States
  • Traveling abroad as an English language teacher
  • Graduate work, leading to a career as a curriculum specialist
  • Teaching- or curriculum-related nonprofit work

Word from the Education Department

Dr. Ron Jacobson

Dr. Ron Jacobson

Dean of the School of Education

"In spite of the current national emphasis on high-stakes standardized tests, students are not 'one-size-fits-all.' We understand that at the NU School of Education. That's why we work to prepare knowledgeable, skilled, and insightful teachers. We train teachers who approach their K-12 students holistically, because the students they teach are people—people who will grow up one day to lead our world. If this project appeals to you, then this just may be the place for you!"

Course Listings

A complete list of courses for the Secondary Education Major can be found in the Academic Catalog »

Academic Catalog

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