The first two years of preparation for a career as an early childhood, elementary, middle school, or secondary teacher can be accomplished at Northwest College. The Education Department offers courses which teach the basic principles and theories of teaching and learning. Through the cooperation of public
school personnel, our students observe and gain practical experience in public school classrooms throughout the Big Horn Basin.
Academic advisors guide students in their career choices as well as advise them on course selection and transfer options.
Since teaching requires state certification, it is important that students consult with their advisors frequently to become informed of program requirements at four-year colleges. The catalog of the four-year transfer college must be consulted by the student when selecting courses.
Education – Elementary
Students completing the Elementary Education program can use it for transfer to a four-year college or as a terminal degree which would qualify them to obtain a substitute teaching certificate in the state of Wyoming. The core courses provide students the basic coursework in the field while allowing them the flexibility to tailor their program to their individual needs. Students must successfully complete core courses with a “C-” or better to meet program requirements. Students planning to transfer to a four-year program will need additional courses beyond the program requirements in order to transfer as a junior. Students should consult with their advisor and the appropriate four-year college catalog. Selection of general education courses is often restricted by state certification requirements, so it is important for students to meet with their academic advisor each semester.