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K-12 Education

An education degree opens doors for new and established teachers, as well as administrative professionals.

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NUS Proudly Supports K-12 Professionals

National University System partners with many counties of education offices, as well as school districts and education entities, to help fill the need for educators worldwide by offering degrees and further professional development that prepares students for rewarding and inspiring careers. An education degree opens doors for new and established teachers, as well as administrative professionals. Learn effective communication skills, broad contexts for child development, and different approaches to learning and teaching styles.

In addition, NUS is able to partner with K-12 school districts, counties, and education entities across the nation and around the globe to offer tuition reduction scholarships for K-12 education professionals, and to build the knowledge and skills of the K-12 education workforce. Programs are available through National University, John F. Kennedy University, City University, and Northcentral University to serve learners across the world through online and classroom-based programs.

National University System Programs

Across our affiliates, National University System offers on-campus and online programs for students to learn effective communication skills, broaden contexts for child development, and discover different approaches to learning and teaching styles. Our programs support K-12 personnel at all levels and roles with programs such as:

National University

The Sanford College of Education at National University offers over 45 on-campus and online programs in the areas of teacher education, special education, educational administration, and school counseling and psychology. The college has earned accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), recognizing its rigorous, evidence-based standards for teacher education programs.

About the K-12 Team

Joe Patterson.

Joe Patterson

Vice President, Partnership Development, Workforce Education Solutions

Joe Patterson is the Vice President of Partnership Development for the National University System. He leads the Workforce Education Solutions teams supporting partners in Corporate & Banking, Healthcare, K-12, Public Safety, and Community College sectors. Joe has held multiple leadership roles in higher education since 2005 leading global business development, account management, enrollment, marketing, and operations teams for a variety of universities, most notably Thunderbird School of Global Management, Concordia University – Portland, and NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education. At Thunderbird, Joe led all executive education and custom corporate activities in North America, South America, and Asia. Joe’s work with corporate clients took him to more than 20 countries on 4 continents, including Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Prior to working in higher education, Joe held operational leadership roles in the pharmaceutical and financial services industries including McKesson and Discover Card. Joe holds a Global MBA and Executive Certificate in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a B.A. in English from Arizona State University. He is also an alum of Penn State University’s Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning.

Jessica Gladney.

Jessica Gladney

Jessica Gladney has been with National University for over 15 years, holding various positions within the university’s admissions and regional operations departments. As the former Director of Community College Relations, Ms. Gladney helped lead National University’s community college transfer recruitment, admissions, and retention efforts, by developing pipeline pathways to seamlessly transition students to NU’s undergraduate degrees. In her current role as Director of Field Outreach and K-12 Education, she works to establish educational partnerships with county offices of education, unified school districts, and charter schools, within the private and public sectors. Jessica also leads the California based team of Community Education Specialist who are responsible for coordinating business to consumer outreach, recruitment, and engagement activities to support current business partners of the Workforce Education Solutions division. Throughout her tenure at the University, she has assisted hundreds of students in the process of obtaining their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Jessica received her B.A. in Early Childhood Education from National University.

Get Course Credit for Work Experience

NU also gives credit for many prior careers training programs, getting you even closer to achieving your goals. Contact us today to find out how your prior experience can translate into course credit!

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