Teacher Education

Becoming a teacher is a wonderful way to use the gifts that God has given you to inspire young people in life-changing ways. As you study teacher education at NCU, you will gain the skills and knowledge you need to become a highly qualified teacher.

Completion of this program will result in the recommendation to the Teacher Standards & Practices Commission of Oregon (TSPC) for an initial teaching license in early childhood, elementary, middle, or secondary level education.

Students will learn to implement strong classroom management, best teaching practices, well-crafted lesson plans, and useful assessment tools. You will also get a strong understanding of what is expected of teachers and students for state standards and benchmarks. All this takes place amid a liberal arts Christian university where your knowledge is broadened, your faith is deepened, and your ethics are grounded.


Graduate Outcomes

Recent graduates of the education program have found careers and opportunities in a range of fields including:

  • Graduate school for counseling, education, and ministry
  • Various teaching positions in K-12
  • Higher education institutions
  • Local recreational programs


School of Education Statistics

Light the Way – Student Research Team

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With Professors Kathy Owen and Bill Fritz, we have been studying the experiences and impact of Northwest Christian University education graduates. Through annual surveys and monthly check-ins, we are learning from the experiences of our teachers. We have also researched licensure requirements for several western states and are assembling resources for public and private schools.




Teacher Education Application Process

Program Director: Kathy Ditommaso Owen, M.S.

M.S., Western Oregon University

Primary Responsibilities:

Oversee the Teacher Education and School Counseling Programs

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