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Northwest Missouri State University has deep roots in the preparation of teachers and leaders. It began as a normal school to prepare teachers, and for more than 100 years, Northwest has taken pride in preparing excellent educators who reach and inspire excellence from the students they teach and lead. As the 2006 recipient of the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education, Northwest offers an exemplary program built upon a Culture of Quality.

The School of Education serves 801 undergraduate students and 198 graduate students. Additionally, faculty provide instruction for 466 students in secondary education programs such as social studies, K-12 art, K-12 vocal and instrumental music, physical education, social studies and mathematics. In the 2016-2017 academic year, 279 students earned a degree in education at the undergraduate, graduate or (in collaboration with the University of Missouri) doctoral levels.

The mission of the School of Education is to prepare caring teachers who possess the highest level of professional knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to help all students learn in a diverse and ever-changing world. This principle serves as the guiding framework for the developmental learning opportunities afforded to teachers in training in the various programs offered through the department. Programs are fully nationally accredited (since 1954) through NCATE and plan to continue to seek national accreditation through the Council of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the state of Missouri through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the office of Educator Quality for the state of Missouri. In 2016, Northwest was selected by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) as a Case Study and on-campus visit to chronicle the best uses of data and assessment systems to continually improve teacher education

For questions, comments or concerns, contact Dr. Tim Wall, Northwest School of Education dean and director of teacher education at or 660.853.9039.