Welcome! Northern State University’s Millicent Atkins School of Education is the choice for your primary and secondary teacher education, counseling and psychology, and sport sciences education and preparation for a successful career. We - the faculty, staff, and I - hope you will come to visit the campus and meet with us and our students!
I am excited that you are considering becoming part of the Northern State University School of Education family. Moving on from high school and choosing a college is an exciting time in your life, and is an important decision. Allow me to share a little about what makes Northern and the School of Education an awesome place.
Students are the number one priority at Northern and the School of Education. Our campus is full of friendly and caring people, professors who genuinely care about you, and a staff who will go out of their way to help you.
Northern is located on a beautiful campus with lots of new facilities, including residence halls, the new Jewett Regional Science Center, the new practice and soccer fields, and a soon-to-come stadium. The School of Education is located in Gerber Hall on the corner of the campus green, where you’ll often find students engaged in a Frisbee game, studying, or just enjoying the sunshine.
Our faculty are dedicated professionals who excel in connecting with you and providing an educational experience equal to that of any university. At Northern, you’ll not only get the latest materials in the classroom, but you’ll also have opportunities to learn outside the classroom with internships, practicums and the greatest amount of in-classroom student teaching experience in the state, and not to forget, study abroad. By the way, the world also comes to study here: students from over 40 countries study at Northern!
As you consider and make your final decisions about college, remember that students at Northern value the support they receive from faculty, the relationships they establish with their classmates, and the extensive opportunities to develop and grow in all facets of life. Longer range, the School of Education also helps you to prepare for your first professional position and career. Northern's graduates work in a broad range of professional careers all over the world.
If you seek a world-class education in a safe and friendly environment, you will find it at Northern. I hope you will come to campus for a visit and see for yourself how a Northern education can prepare you for your future!
Dean, College of Professional Studies
TEACHER EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
If your dream is to be an elementary or secondary school teacher, you aren't alone. The teacher education program is the largest education program at NSU. All NSU education students learn to address classroom diversity encompassing a wide range of learning styles and needs. You will also gain extensive field experience in classrooms and integrate the use of technology in instruction through hands-on experiences.
Elementary Education: The elementary education program is the largest education program at NSU. Elementary education students are encouraged to complete additional endorsements or minors in specialties such as early childhood, world languages or special education.
Secondary Education: If your goal is to teach at the high school level, you will major in a content area, such as biology, English, history or mathematics. You will also be encouraged to seek endorsements to better prepare you for your future career.
Special Education: The program provides a variety of practical experiences and interactions. You'll examine all aspects of special education, including methods of inclusion, resource rooms, collaboration and individualized programming.
Early Childhood Education: NSU offers an early childhood education minor to pair with either an elementary or secondary teaching degree.
sport sciences DEPARTMENT
PSYCHOLOGY AND COUNSELOR EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
- Music cognition
- Usability and software design
- Student perception of learning environments
- Multicultural/cross cultural counseling
- Counselor education and supervision
- Comprehensive school counseling models
- Mindfulness and psychological well-being
- Substance abuse
Our undergraduate psychology program prepares you for a career in various entry-level human service positions. In Northern's psychology program, you'll learn to better understand your own behavior and the behavior of those around you. Psychology degrees have become one of the most popular options at colleges and universities throughout the world. In addition to offering limitless opportunity for personal growth, majoring in psychology opens up a range of career opportunities. Psychology majors are exposed to scientific theory as well as areas of psychological research with practical applications.
Our counseling program emphasizes the development of counseling professionals who are competent in their counseling knowledge, skills, and practice. Utilizing a creative, strength-based approach, the program endorses self-reflective, theory-based, intentional counseling. The pillars of Northern's program include the celebration of human diversity, a belief in the dignity and inherent worth of others, and a commitment to fostering students' identities as professional counselors.
Counseling students will graduate with a thorough understanding of:
- The individual
- The approaches, methods and techniques of counseling theory
- The self as counselor and member of a learning community
School or Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MSEd): Northern State University's graduate program in counseling has been preparing clinical mental health and school counseling professionals for over 50 years. In Northern's intensive graduate counseling program, you'll be challenged to develop clinical skills preparing you to work with a diverse range of clients. This program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.
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The Millicent Atkins School of Education at Northern State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs at Northern State University. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.