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Welcome to the Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Education Division Website! We are pleased that you have chosen to explore our education programs. Our faculty members are talented teachers and scholars who enjoy and excel in utilizing effective instructional strategies. Our courses are grounded in faculty-student interaction and real-life field experiences.

The Division of Education is committed to helping teacher education candidates, students, and educators meet the high standards expected of higher education institutions and public/private schools today. This site provides information about NWOSU’s education programs, services, expectations, and initiatives to all who are interested in Northwestern’s education community. Education programs that Northwestern offers includes: agriculture, early childhood, elementary, English, health/sports science, math, music, natural science, social science, and special education. If a particular program is compatible with your future goals or sparks your interest, please feel free to contact us for additional information. We will be happy to connect you with a faculty member in your area of interest, or to arrange for an on-campus visit. Let us assist you in this enjoyable educational journey in which you are about to embark!

Conceptual Framework

The unifying theme of NWOSU's Teacher Education Program is Applied Professional Pedagogy Leads to Effective Schools (APPLES).  An apple tree is used to graphically represent the model for the program. The combination of theory and P-12 classroom experience provides the foundation to the Teacher Education candidates as they become effective teachers.


The Division of Education, an integral part of the NWOSU Teacher Education program, offers majors in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Special Education, as well as providing routes to certification for the following secondary programs:  Agriculture Education, English Education, Health & Sports Science Education, Math Education, Music Education, Natural Science Education, and Social Science Education.

The Division of Education also provides guidance for the Masters of Education programs of Educational Leadership, Reading Specialist, School Counseling, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Curriculum & Instruction.

See the undergraduate catalog or graduate catalog for more details regarding any of our programs.

Education Faculty Accolades at NWOSU

Endowed Chair in Education - Dr. Martie Young
John K. Martin Endowed Chair in Education - Dr. Steven Mackie
Charles Morton Share Trust Chair in Education - Dr. Christee Jenlink
John Sheffield Teacher of the Year - Dr. Jen Oswald (2016)
John Barton Distinguished Teaching and Service Award - Dr. Steven Mackie (2012)
Thelma Crouch Outstanding Staff Employee of the Year Award - Natalie Miller (2012)
Henry Miller Memorial Library, Big Sur, CA - Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Dr. Steven Mackie (2011)

Loan Forgiveness

Teachers with Stafford loans from the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program and/or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (Direct Loan) may qualify for teacher loan forgiveness if certain eligibility requirements are met. Congress created the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program in 1998 to encourage individuals to enter into and continue the teaching profession within designated elementary and secondary schools that serve low-income families.

Building Better Teachers - NCTQ Teacher Prep Review

Drawing on seven years of research, NCTQ has developed a set of comprehensive standards covering the most important aspects of teacher preparation. These "nuts and bolts" represent the knowledge and skills new teachers need in order to be successful in the classroom. By examining evidence—admissions standards, required course syllabi, textbooks, student teaching policy handbooks, and data showing program outcomes—of what teacher preparation programs are demanding of their teacher candidates, our review will reveal which programs are truly preparing their future teachers for tomorrow's classrooms. (Click the link at left to see how NWOSU meets NCTQ criteria.)


The following education programs at Northwestern Oklahoma State University are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the following Specialized Professional Associations:

Agriculture Education (B.S.Ed.) Oklahoma Commission of Teacher Preparation (OCTP)
Early Childhood Education (B.S.Ed.) National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Elementary Education (B.S.Ed.) Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
English Education (B.A.Ed.) National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Health & Sports Science Education (B.S.Ed.) American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)/National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)
Mathematics Education (B.S.Ed.) National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
Music Education (B.M.E.) Oklahoma Commission of Teacher Preparation (OCTP)
Natural Science Education (B.S.Ed.) Natural Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Social Science Education (B.A.Ed.) National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
Special Education (B.S.Ed.) Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
School Counselor (M.Ed.) Oklahoma Commission of Teacher Preparation (OCTP)
Educational Leadership (M.Ed.) Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC)
Reading Specialist (M.Ed.) International Reading Association (IRA)
Elementary Education (M.Ed.) North Central Association Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)
Secondary Education (M.Ed.) North Central Association Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)
Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.) North Central Association Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)


Dr. Christee Jenlink
Associate Dean, School of Education

NCATE Accredited University

NCA Accredited University