Prepare to develop the literary and communication skills of the next generation in and beyond the classroom. This degree lays the foundations for you to teach English in a public or private school setting for grades 5-12, and also prepares you for further graduate study. Professors instill compassionate professional practice and God-honoring leadership to help you serve diverse communities.
of Northwestern’s education graduates felt professionally prepared by their education
meets licensure requirements for the Minnesota Board of Teaching
of seniors feel prepared to integrate their faith with their academic field
Why study communication arts/literature education at Northwestern?
The School of Education offers you the opportunity to travel to Haiti for one week to learn how education is different outside the U.S. This will equip you to teach in diverse communities. You can also study abroad in China over spring break or participate in a Civil Rights Pilgrimage spring break trip with other education majors. You can gain even more experience by participating in our international student teaching program.
Northwestern’s School of Education thoroughly equips you for a career with four levels of classroom practicum experience. The first helps you find your personal "fit" within the teaching profession. The second level focuses on developing theory and skills related to diversity. The third level applies teaching methods in your chosen field by creating, teaching, and evaluating lessons in a school classroom. The final level is full time student teaching in a chosen licensure field.
The School of Education provides teacher education programs approved by the MN Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board and as a result meet the state standards adopted for licensure programs as defined in state Rule 8710.2000 through 8710.8080. All licensure programs are aligned with INTASC (Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) standards and the Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice.
The School of Education has hosted Christian Educators Association International (CEAI) events, and is a member of CEAI.
The School of Education attends the Compass Educator Breakfast each fall (through Grace Church in Eden Prairie, MN).
With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving education system.
If you have good communication skills, are eager to serve, enjoy teaching, and are interested in a career in education, this might be the right degree for you.
What will you learn?
You will develop effective written and verbal communication skills and be able to teach children in grades 5-12.
Some classes include:
- Advanced English Grammar: Syntax
- Literary Studies
- Teaching Media Literacy
If I could have designed a major for myself, I would have put together the CALE major. Northwestern was one of a few schools in the country that offered it, and a publication I received from UNW caught my eye. I loved that the college offered choir and theatre for non-majors. The education program is extremely well-respected, and teachers from UNW are well-prepared. I loved the Christian focus and Christ-centered atmosphere.
Meet your professors
Professors at Northwestern are focused on their students first. Our faculty include experts in their respective fields who want to help you grow in your faith while you earn your degree.
Meet the entire department