Rik Dahl ’97 Instructor in Education


M.A., University of Colorado
B.A., Northwestern College


A former high school principal, Rik Dahl teaches educational psychology, social studies methods, and classroom management courses for Northwestern's education department. Prior to becoming an administrator, Dahl taught 4th grade in a public school in Colorado. He also managed the expenditures and programming for three school districts funded by $1.2 million in state and federal grants.

Dahl earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Northwestern and a master's degree in administrative leadership and policies studies at the University of Colorado-Denver. In addition to teaching in NWC's education department, he serves as the college's head wrestling coach.

EDU102 - Foundations of Education

(2 credits) This course provides philosophical, historical, social and economical foundational background for students considering the teaching profession. Note: This course includes a field experience. Students must earn a C- or better in order to fulfill program requirements for elementary licensure.

EDU304 - Educational Psychology

The application of psychological principles to the learner, the learning process and the learning situation. This course not only explores learning theories that impact education today, but also has an emphasis on developing appropriate motivation techniques, creating developmentally appropriate and productive learning environments, developing classroom management, as well as developing authentic and appropriate evaluation and assessment. Prerequisites: EDU102, PSY221SS or 224, and junior class standing. (2 credits)

EDU315 - Behavior Management and Classroom Instruction

This course is designed to provide an overview of various models for classroom and behavior management. The course will emphasize both theoretical and practical dimensions of behavior and social concerns. Note: This course includes a 10 hour field experience. Prerequisite: EDU206. (2 credits)

EDU329 - Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary Classroom

A foundational course for the teaching of social studies at the elementary and middle school levels. Candidates will understand and utilize materials, lesson design, methods and procedures to teach economics and civic literacy. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. (2 credits) Note: This course includes a field experience. Candidates must earn a "C" or better to fulfill program requirements for elementary licensure.

Secondary Principal, Big Sandy School, Simla, Colorado

Secondary Principal, Limon Public Schools, Limon, Colorado

Director of Learning, Limon Public Schools, Limon, Colorado

Fourth Grade Teacher, Limon Public Schools, Limon, Colorado