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/Secondary TESL Endorsement (teaching English as a second language)

(Also requires completion of elementary education major or the completion of an academic major and the secondary endorsement program.)

Non-education students should see modern foreign languages for the TESL minor and TESL course descriptions.

Foreign Language (does not include 101-level): 6 credits
EDU 347 - Reading in the Content Area
EDU 409 - Philosophy of Education
EDU 410 - TESL Student Teaching
ENG 283 - Grammar in the Classroom
ENG 345 - Linguistic Perspectives on English
TSL 207 - TESL Grammar
TSL 224 - Applied Linguistics in Language Education
TSL 225 - Language Development and Acquisition
TSL 307 - Methods in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language)
Total credits required: 29-32


International students may choose to substitute 6 credits of ESL course work for the modern foreign languages requirement.