NWED How to Teach for the Novice Educator Program 

There is a critical need to improve and update teacher skills and knowledge in this rapidly changing educational environment. Many teachers across the nation are underserved by teacher education programs and in certain states, no certification is required to be an educator in the classroom. 

This fully online teacher improvement program is designed to reach teachers who were not well prepared, on conditional certificates, just entering the classroom, and/or are on improvement plans.


This program is for districts supporting:

  • Teachers entering classrooms for the first time, prior to entering a teacher certification program

  • Teachers on improvement plans

  • Anyone considering entering the teaching profession


Program Model

The program is designed as a 10 day teacher program for teachers needing improvement in skills and knowledge of teaching.  The program consists of 11 content modules and ten reflections.  There is the option to have 10 live sessions covering the content modules.  These sessions are conducted in collaboration with the sponsoring district. Open to all districts across the US and individual teachers, this program has continuous open enrollment and sessions.

Candidates wanting to enter the NWED teacher certification program to earn a Washington State certificate will be given credit for these modules.  NWED is a Washington State Professional Education Standards Board approved teacher certification program. 

Content Modules

501 Implementation of Lessons
503 Assessments
504 Teaching Strategies
505 Diversity, Inclusion, Cultural Competency, Equity
506 Special Education
509 Differentiation
511 Teaching Students of Poverty 
514 Family and Community Engagement
516 Child Abuse and Neglect (online session combined with 710) 
710 Professional Liability Quicksand for Educators
517 Working with Diverse Learners

Optional concentration courses designed for Elementary, Secondary, Special Education and Early Childhood Education are available. Additional fees may apply.


Teachers are asked to reflect on and discuss module content before creating a plan for self-improvement. This reflective process compels the teacher to define their own strengths and struggles to determine how to apply content to their own classroom.


Optional Online Sessions 

Teachers will be expected to complete the modules before the online sessions. Online sessions are facilitated by NWED staff. 


  • One session per day 

  • Two hours per session

  • Attendance is required for all ten sessions

  • Sessions are held during the day (during summer months), evenings, or Saturdays during the school year 


Sessions Include

  • Review of material from module

  • In depth conversations about how to apply information to current/future teaching experience

  • Question/answer 

  • Survey to check for understanding


NWED Facilitators


  • Trained, experienced coaches with MA and at least 5 years of teaching experience

  • Two facilitators per cohort

  • Manage attendance and facilitate 10 online sessions

  • Complete documentation of attendance

  • Report to district program coordinator 

Program Cost

$1500 per candidate for online modules

$2500 per candidate for live sessions (25 candidate cohort minimum)


Jim Mickel, Executive Director