Education programs

Northwestern’s education department is one of only 4 in Iowa that’s NCATE accredited, which means you can be immediately certified in most states. It’s also recommended in Rugg’s Recommendations on the Colleges as a top program that attracts top students. NWC’s program emphasizes performance-based education, a national movement that evaluates the teaching abilities of future teachers. That’s why, in addition to your course work, you’ll spend plenty of time in area classrooms and other educational settings—over 100 hours—before you even student teach.

Elementary Endorsement in Art, Music, Physical Education and Spanish

(Also requires completion of the art, music, physical education or Spanish major for secondary majors. Elementary education majors may satisfy the requirements of this endorsement by completing the minor in one of the four subject areas above.)

Professional/methodology requirements:
EDU 102 - Foundations of Education
EDU 202 - Early Field Experience
EDU 206 - Survey of Exceptional Individuals
EDU 227 - Instructional Technology
EDU 304 - Educational Psychology
EDU 340 - Human Relations
EDU 347 - Reading in the Content Area
EDU 409 - Philosophy of Education
EDU 413 - Elementary Student Teaching
Choose appropriate course from your major: 2-3
ART 235 - Integrating Art for Elementary Classroom Teachers
KIN 317 - Methods of Elementary Physical Education and Health
LAN 308 - Methods of Teaching Secondary Foreign Language
MUS 307 - Teaching Elementary Vocal Music
Cognate requirements
Math course: 3-5 credits
Science courses (must include a biological and either a chemistry or physics course): 7-8 credits
PSY 221SS - Developmental Psychology: Childhood
Total credits required: 35-52