School of Education

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The School of Education (SOE) supports and facilitates the shared vision of IU Northwest by collaborating and cooperating with other educational institutions, external partners, and surrounding communities to further excellence in educational processes and enhance the overall quality of life in those communities.

In light of these commitments, the mission of the SOE at IU Northwest is to prepare professional educators who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential for becoming reflective professionals and lead teachers.
Reflective professionals are those who, in light of current research and best practice, exercise reasoned judgment to:

  • critically examine their professional practices
  • make informed decisions
  • effectively facilitate the learning of their students

Lead teachers are those who incorporate a rich understanding of content knowledge and best professional practices to renew themselves and their professional practice through inquiry and leadership.


The School of Education cordially requests your comment about our teacher education program.

The SoE at Indiana University Northwest is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on May 10-12, 2020. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the site team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:
1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or, by email to:


More Info about the CAEP Commentary

Such comments must be within the specified period and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:

  • In CAEP's performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.
  • A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.
  • Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent's relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.

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Degrees / Programs Offered

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education (Teaching All Learners' Program with Special Ed Endorsement)
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education
  • Master of Science degree in Elementary Education
  • Master of Science degree in Secondary Education
  • Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership
  • Graduate Program in Special Education (Initial Licensing)
  • Graduate Program of UTEP (Urban Teacher Education Program - Initial Licensing)

    The following programs at IUN SOE are under NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.

    Educational Leadership MSED; 
    Elementary Education MSED; 
    Secondary Education MSED; 
    Biology Education BSED; 
    Chemistry Education BSED; 
    Elementary Education BSED; 
    English Education BSED; 
    French Education BSED; 
    Spanish Education BSED; 
    Mathematics Education BSED;
    Social Studies Education BSED

    To know more about the NASDTEC, click here.

    The following are member states of the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement who have signed reciprocity agreements with Indiana.

    Alabama, Kansas, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Arizona, Kentucky, New Jersey , Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, California, Maine, New York , Utah, Colorado, Maryland, North Carolina, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Virginia, Delaware, Michigan, Ohio, Washington, Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma, West Virginia ,Georgia, Missouri , Oregon, Wisconsin, Hawaii, Montana, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Idaho, Nebraska , Rhode Island, Illinois, Nevada, and South Carolina.      

Degrees and Programs

The Student's Responsibility

Advisors and directors assist students in planning a program of study to satisfy requirements, but each student assumes final responsibility for meeting all deadlines and all requirements.


Currently, the School of Education is fully accredited by the NCATE.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 - 5:00


Interim Dean

Dr. Mark B. Sperling
(219) 980-6887
Hawthorn Hall 357-A

Phone Number

(219) 980-6510

Mailing Address

IU Northwest
School of Education

Hawthorn Hall, Room 354
3400 Broadway 
Gary, Indiana 46408

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