Master’s Of Education Degree Now Offered At Northwestern College


Last month the Higher Learning Commission granted Northwestern College the ability begin offering two Master’s of Education degrees. As a huge bonus to students, both of the graduate degree programs are available online and may be completed in two years time! This will allow students to find a reasonable balance between work, life and school.

Students will be able to begin a Master’s of Education degree program in either teacher leadership and/or early childhood education in May. The programs will continue to be available for enrollment at the beginning of all subsequent semesters as well.

Northwest College’s President Greg Christy said, “Northwestern has a reputation for producing excellent teachers because our alumni win teaching awards and prove the effectiveness of our student-centered ‘teacher as servant’ philosophy in schools all over the world. I’m pleased we can now be the place where teachers can earn a graduate degree and propel themselves into roles and careers where they can influence even greater numbers of students.”

Now that the college has received official approval from the Higher Learning Commission, they become one of only four other Iowa colleges to be fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Each of the graduate degree programs is specifically designed to allow students to take just one course each eight weeks, which makes it possible to knock out two courses each semester. The purpose of this unique course structure is to ensure that students eligible for financial aid are still able to receive it during their final years of college.

The Master’s of Education in teacher leadership is able to be completed by students in as little at five semesters. This program is geared towards those considering a future as “instructional coaches, peer mentors, lead grade-level teachers or other positions of educational leadership or mentorship.”

Students interested in pursuing a Master’s of Education degree in early childhood will be able to complete the program in five to six semesters. There is also the opportunity to earn the Endorsement 100, which will grant graduates the ability to teach in classrooms where students with special needs may need assistance with integrating successfully. Students intending to add the Endorsement 100 to the mix should expect the program to take an additional one to two semesters for a total of seven semesters.

“We know working adults expect graduate programs that are online and asynchronous,” says Dr. Rebecca Hoey, director of online learning at Northwestern College. “In addition to being convenient, our master’s programs offer really rich, engaging and interesting courses. I’m confident they’ll prepare graduates for promotions and other career advancement.”

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