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 Social Studies
(For elementary education majors who want a subject specialty in social studies)
Requires a minimum of 12 credits of elementary student teaching (EDU413).
|PSC 101SS - American National Government
(4 credits)(IGE option under Self and Society) A broad survey of the
major political and governmental institutions in the United States, this
course examines how citizens attempt to influence their government and
how the government responds. The course also develops the foundations for
a biblical perspective on the role of government and the task of citizens.
|PSC 260CC - Human Geography
(4 credits)(IGE option under Cross-Cultural Engagement) This course
introduces the study of political, physical and cultural features of
space and place around the world. Familiarity with major physical and
political features of the world's regions will be stressed. In addition,
the course will raise various issues connected with the cultural aspect
of geography, e.g., perceptions of place, changes in space over time, the
interactions of human communities, the natural environment and patterns
of human presence on the land.
|PSY 100SS - Exploring Psychology
(4 credits)(IGE option under Self and Society) In this course students learn
how, using methodologies such as
observation, survey and experimentation, psychological science explores
the causes and consequences of human action. An overview of major
findings from the field of psychology such as biological bases of
behavior, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, human development,
personality, intelligence, psychopathology and therapy, the effect of
others on individuals will be discussed and students will be encouraged
to apply this knowledge to their own views and actions. Students will
consider why the integration of faith and science in understanding humans
is important and will explore ways of accomplishing this integration.
|SOC 101SS - Principles of Sociology
(4 credits)(IGE option under Self and Society) An introduction to
sociology, its major concepts, tools and perspectives. This course
provides an understanding of societies; of culture; of major social
institutions such as the family, religion and education; of social
inequality; and of social change.
|Choose one course: 3-4
|ECO 213 - Principles of Microeconomics
Microeconomics deals with price determination and how the price system functions. Supply and demand, output, competition, monopoly, resource pricing, international trade and finance will be studied. (4 credits)
|ECO 214 - Principles of Macroeconomics
Macroeconomics concerns itself with economic aggregates such as inflation, unemployment, recessions, national debt, and international trades. Macroeconomic models will be introduced. These models will be used to understand the application of monetary and fiscal policy. Prerequisite: ECO213. (4 credits)
|Total credits required: 20