The mission of the Education Department is to provide a holistic, experiential major that creates effective teachers and lifelong learners while empowering students to make connections with others, the earth, and ideas by thinking and teaching ecologically, collaboratively, critically, and compassionately.
Successful graduates are certified by Northland College and eligible for licensure by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Each education major involves hands-on experiences both in and out of the traditional classroom that are performance-based and correlate with state requirements. Students who are unable to meet all state licensure requirements may be awarded and Educational Studies major.
As an element of best practice, the Education Department provides all undergraduate majors with a unique, experiential learning research opportunity. Education courses bring a vibrant, diverse group of students together with caring, attentive professors. This creates a learning environment in which students develop close relationships with faculty, explore personal styles, practice positive classroom interactions, and learn from one another. Teaching creatively, critically, compassionately, collaboratively, and ecologically shapes Northland College's distinctive Education Department. A dedication to environmental awareness combined with the liberal arts tradition gives our prospective teachers the versatility, confidence, and skills needed for the challenges of their chosen career and for lifelong learning.
Students pursuing a degree in elementary or secondary education are encouraged to obtain a copy of the Teacher Education Program Student Handbook of Policies, Procedures, and Forms from the Northland College website for specific details on the requirements for both the academic majors and state licensure information.