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.

Endorsement in Early Childhood Integrated Settings

Requirements for certification for preschools, kindergarten and special education through grade 3. (Also requires the completion of the elementary education major.)
(The online endorsement requirements can be found at
EDU 229 - Introduction to Early Childhood
EDU 230 - Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Programs
EDU 235 - Characteristics of Learners with Mild and Moderate Disabilities
EDU 300 - Characteristics of Young Children with Diverse Needs
EDU 301 - Methods for Working with Young Children with Diverse Needs
EDU 314 - Working with Parents
EDU 345 - Language Learning and Reading Disabilities
EDU 429 - Unified Early Childhood Student Teaching
Cognate requirements
KIN 104 - First Aid
KIN 338 - Adapted Physical Education
PSY 221SS - Developmental Psychology: Childhood
Total credits required: 32-37


The online program outlined above meets requirements for the state of Iowa. Students who are teaching elsewhere should check with their state's department of education to determine if NWC's unified endorsement is comparable to and can be substituted for an endorsement in their state. The endorsement enhances your teaching license but does not lead to licensure for un-licensed educators; it is for teachers who have or are working toward a degree in elementary education.

The unified endorsement authorizes you to teach in integrated settings for children from birth to age 8. It varies from the early childhood special education endorsement, which authorizes the holder to teach in contained special education settings from birth to age 8.

Requires certification in Infant CPR and First Aid.