• Teacher with elementary students


Be the teacher they remember.

Remember your favorite teacher, the one who made a difference in both your professional and academic development? Now you have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of countless other students. Whether you want to teach elementary or high school students, Northland College can help get you there.

Our program is accredited by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and features over 200 hours of clinical residency (the most in the state!) and student teaching opportunities. We give you the confidence to establish a trusting environment and to foster the group dynamics essential to run a successful classroom. We also provide you with the tools to teach content and the skills to help shape the character of children and adolescents, all while layering in the environmental background that so many schools are looking for today.


“The biggest benefit to helping me as a new teacher was the exposure to different cultural perspectives.” Jane Kittaka ’18, Science Teacher

Program Emphasis Options

  • Elementary/Middle Education (Grades 1-8)

    This focused four-year program, including student teaching, includes project- and problem-based teaching and learning strategies for student success in the classroom.

  • Secondary Education (Grades 7-12)

    This focused four-year program, allows you to teach high school math, social studies, or science (which includes biology, chemistry, or geoscience).

  • Broad Field Science or Social Studies

    Focus your education degree on one of the sciences (biology, chemistry, geology) or history/social studies. You can undertake an education major while also majoring in one of the accompanying fields of study.

Why Northland?

Experiential Learning

An education at Northland involves more than just sitting in lecture halls. We combine classroom learning with immersive field studies and opportunities within the community to create a one-of-a-kind learning experience. Our career-focused curriculum will provide you with the tools and confidence to succeed in anything you do.

Access to Financial Aid

Think all private colleges are expensive? Think again. With 99% of all Northland College students receiving some form of financial aid, you can receive a private school education at a public school price.

Proven Outcomes

A degree from Northland is your pathway to opportunity. Our 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio allows our professors to personally invest in your success, and the results of this approach speak for themselves. 93.5% of our recent graduates are employed or in graduate school.

Full-Spectrum Sustainability

At Northland, we live our sustainability mission every day. Going green is a part of everything we do as an institution and everything you’ll do as a student—from how you’ll live, to what you’ll learn, and ways you can contribute.

Live & Learn in a Natural World

Our location in Ashland, WI, a small, safe community of just over 8,000 tucked along the south shore of Lake Superior near the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and over a million acres of national forest, creates truly unique educational and recreational experiences.

Work with the Best & Brightest

Our faculty are passionate about learning—and not just student learning. They are dedicated learners and scholars, and that shines through in the classroom and in the field. And they’re more than just teachers. They are mentors who often establish life-long relationships with students.

Ready to take the next step?

Get in touch to learn more and start planning your journey at Northland College.

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