Derek Brower, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Ed.D., Montana State University
M.Ed., Western Washington University
B.A., Western Washington University
B.A., Northwestern College
VPH 200 D
Dr. Brower brings a global perspective and extensive classroom experience to his position on the education faculty, having taught secondary science for 12 years at schools in Iowa, Botswana, the Marshall Islands and Thailand. He graduated from Northwestern College with a major in philosophy and earned a second degree in science education and a master’s degree in technology education from Western Washington University. He completed a Doctor of Education degree at Montana State University, where his research focused on science education curriculum and instruction. A former assistant youth director, Brower has been active in mission trips with high school students and taught physical science at the College of the Marshall Islands.
- Instructional Technology
Instructional Technology This course studies the impact and uses of media and technology in educational settings. Use and operation of AV equipment will be taught. Emphasis is placed on the various ways the computer can be used in teaching. Current and future use of technology in education will be
- Teaching Science in the Elementary Classroom
Teaching Science in the Elementary Classroom (3 credits) Foundational course for teaching science in the elementary
Methods and materials will be developed as they relate to modern
practices of teaching science. This course will focus on a broad range of
topics covered in this curricular area, including earth/space science.
Note: This course includes field experience. Students must earn a C or
better in order to fulfill program requirements for elementary licensure.
Prerequisites: admission into teacher education program and concurrent
enrollment in EDU343WI.
- Methods of Teaching Secondary Natural Science
Methods of Teaching Secondary Natural Science (3 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of the techniques
and materials for teaching natural science at
the secondary school level (for biology and chemistry majors). This course
30-hour practicum and is required of each candidate seeking an
endorsement in this content area.
Notes: Does not count toward the major or minor. See course
offeringsi under biology, chemistry and physics. Students
must earn a "C" or better in the special methods course in order
to fulfill program requirements for secondary licensure.
- Philosophy of Education
Philosophy of Education The liberally educated Christian teacher is the knowledgeable servant of God and society and this course examines critically the reasoning behind policies and methods of teaching, learning and schooling. Various schools of thought are discussed, including a distinctively Christian perspective, to assist students in their personal response to these issues as they serve as professional teachers. Prerequisite: admission into teacher education program. (2 credits)
- Professor Brower has taught secondary science for twelve years before joining the faculty of NWC. Most of that time was spent teaching overseas. His teaching experience has included the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching on a U.S. military base, teaching missionary kids overseas and teaching at a pubic school in Iowa.
- American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
- Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
- National Science Teacher Association
- North Central Association of Science Teacher Educators