College of Education

Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education

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.

Top-Rated Teacher Preparation Program

Northwest University is one of five schools in Washington state to receive the highest ratings by the National Council on Teacher Quality.

Why Secondary Education at NU?

  • Choose from endorsements in the following areas: Biology, English/Language Arts, Health and Fitness, Mathematics, Physics, or Social Studies; 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, Lake Washington, 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 Dean

Dr. Molly Quick

Dr. Molly Quick

Dean of the College 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 College 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 may be the place for you!"

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