School of Education

School of Education degrees and programs

If you are interested in teaching at the elementary level, you’ll receive K-6 teaching licenses in both elementary education and special education, a high-demand field throughout the state. But if secondary education is more your speed, you’ll be qualified to teach students in grades 6-12 in the content areas of math, science, social studies, and English. And, new in 2020, the School of Education now offers a Sports Management minor and certificate.

The School of Education’s teaching license programs are fully accredited by the national accreditation agency (the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation-CAEP). The CAEP granted full and continuous accreditation for the Initial Licensing Programs (undergrad degree programs and graduate certificate programs) and the Advanced Licensing Program (Ed Leadership program) in the SOE, as of April 2021.

Our mission

The School of Education (SOE) supports and facilitates the shared vision of IU Northwest by collaborating and cooperating with other educational institutions, external partners, and surrounding communities to further excellence in educational processes and enhance the overall quality of life in those communities.

In light of these commitments, the mission of the SOE at IU Northwest is to prepare professional educators who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential for becoming reflective professionals and lead teachers.
Reflective professionals are those who, in light of current research and best practice, exercise reasoned judgment to:

  • critically examine their professional practices
  • make informed decisions
  • effectively facilitate the learning of their students

Lead teachers are those who incorporate a rich understanding of content knowledge and best professional practices to renew themselves and their professional practice through inquiry and leadership.

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The Student's Responsibility

Advisors and directors assist students in planning a program of study to satisfy requirements, but each student assumes final responsibility for meeting all deadlines and all requirements.