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Teacher Certification


Northwest Educational Development seeks to improve the overall educational landscape
through the intentional recruitment, training, and support of practitioners in a clinical-practice
based model of teacher education. Our model of teacher education is designed to have fewer
barriers to entry and encourage candidates from non-traditional backgrounds to enter the
profession. The program focuses on clinical practice as the most important part of the teacher
training process. This means that candidates are put into classrooms with professional
coaches who will train and guide them in the art of teaching in a real world setting.


Northwest Educational Development is now accepting applications for our teacher certification

program.  Please see the Apply Now page for more details.


Program Outline:

  • Clinical practice based model, in a classroom, with an experienced professional coach.
    You learn how to teach while facing real time issues while receiving immediate
    and customized feedback.

  • Background and supplemental learning will be done at the candidates pace using
    online modules.

  • Candidates will have a flexible time-line for completion, taking as little as 1 semester to
    complete all requirements.

  • Candidates can apply to enter at any point in the year allowing NWED to help districts  fill empty classrooms with highly   qualified individuals year round as needed.

  • Collaborative support is essential to this process and our model ensures that all parties, the school, the district and   NWED personnel, are all focused on the candidate’s success.

Program Basics:

  • 20 modules for a single endorsement.

  • 1 semester field experience with extensive coaching/supervision.

  • Reflections and assignments that receive individualized feedback. 

  • Note: As of May 5, 2021 the edTPA is no longer a program requirement.


The Ideal NWED Candidate:

  • Is passionate about educating youth and cares deeply about their success.

  • Must possess a 4 year degree from a regionally accredited institution and have knowledge in the area you want to teach.

  • Can work independently, while also being willing to try new approaches and methods.  NWED sets high expectations for our candidates and provides high levels of support, while NWED candidates have ownership over their program.


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