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Secondary Teaching, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States
The Secondary Teaching program of Northwestern University uses an interdisciplinary approach by combining coursework from Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (WCAS) in a chosen field — such as English, history or math — with School of Education and Social Policy courses on topics such as child and adolescent development, cultural contexts of learning, and methods of instruction.
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The Secondary Teaching program of Northwestern University completes three practical experiences before graduating. The first is a 30-hour internship with a community organization that students complete while enrolled in the Schooling in Communities course. Recent sites have included Facing History, Youth Media, Boys' and Girls' Club of America and Dewey School of Evanston.

Usually in the fall term of senior year, students complete a 100-hour clinical observation at a junior high or high school in Chicago or along the North Shore. That placement is typically the site for student teaching, a full-time quarter-long experience in the winter of senior year.

Career paths

Secondary Teaching students combine their strong academic preparation, hands-on classroom experience and their passion for working with adolescents to excel at jobs as secondary school teachers. Secondary teaching graduates teach in public, private and charter schools in Illinois and out of state or work in education-related industries. Generally, graduates go on to pursue graduate degrees after a year or two or more of teaching.  In recent years, two graduates have won Fulbright Teaching Fellowships and one, a Spanish national teaching fellowship.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Childhood and Adolescence
  • Adulthood and Aging
  • Introduction to Statistics and Research Methodology
  • Peer-led Learning: Theory and Practice
  • Theory and Practice of Community Consulting
  • Designing for Social Change

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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