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.
Instructional Strategist I: Mild and Moderate Elementary Endorsement
Requires completion of the elementary education major. This endorsement authorizes instruction in all Elementary mild and moderate instructional special education programs.
|EDU 206 - Survey of Exceptional Individuals
(3 credits) This course provides an overview of the history of special
to and including present day trends and practices in education students with exceptionalities. Various areas of exceptionality are explored, including ways to support students with di
verse learning and behavioral needs in inclusionary environments.
Note: This course includes a field experience. Students must earn a C- or
better in order to fulfill program requirements for elementary licensure.
|EDU 235 - Characteristics of Learners with Mild and Moderate Disabilities
An overview of mild/moderate disabilities including historical and theoretical perspectives. Designed for students seeking reading, unified early childhood and special education endorsements. Prerequisite: EDU206. (3 credits)
|EDU 314 - Working with Parents
This course is designed to investigate approaching trends and issues pertinent in developing professional relationships between the special education staff and other individuals associated with the special needs learner.Prerequisite: EDU206.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
|EDU 315 - Behavior Management and Classroom Instruction
This course is designed to provide an overview of various models for classroom and behavior management. The course will emphasize both theoretical and practical dimensions of behavior and social concerns.Prerequisite: EDU206.(3 credits)
|EDU 318 - Diagnostic Assessment, Teaching and Evaluation of Special Education Students
A study in the purposes, procedures and issues related to screening, testing and evaluation of special needs students. The course will include a study of diagnostic instruments used by the profession.Prerequisite: EDU206.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
|EDU 319 - Communication and Collaborative Partnerships for Special Educators
This course provides strategies for working with regular classroom teachers, support services, personnel, paraprofessionals and other individuals involved in the educational program.Prerequisite: EDU206.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
|EDU 336 - Methods and Strategies for Learners with Mild and Moderate Disabilities (Elementary)
This course is designed to prepare pre-service teachers to develop and implement intervention strategies as well as appropriate accommodations and modifications to address students' exceptional learning and behavioral needs at the elementary school level. Pre-service teachers will also develop/refine skills in IEP writing, incorporating assessment and evaluation information as well as input from parents/families. Prerequisites: EDU206 and 235. (3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
|EDU 343WI - Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems
(3 credits) (Writing intensive) Diagnosis and Correction of Reading
Problems focuses both on the role of
formative and summative assessment in the teaching of reading. In
addition, significant attention is paid to the remediation of reading
problems. Students will study the design, development, implementation and
evaluation of remediation for students with reading problems, including
diagnostic and prescriptive procedures for individuals and groups of
students. Students will be required to write and revise their work for
professional audiences. Formal and informal assessment procedures will be
examined. Writing is a significant part of each exam.
Note: A practicum experience is a key component of this course. This
course includes a field experience.
Prerequisites: EDU326, admission into teacher education program, and
concurrent enrollment in EDU328.
|EDU 345 - Language Learning and Reading Disabilities
This course focuses on learning oral language and the implications that has for learning written language. A major part of the course is devoted to designing effective remedial education programs for Title I and special education. Special attention is paid to early intervention programs. This is an upper level course, designed for students completing reading and special education endorsements.Prerequisites: EDU326 and 343.(3 credits)
|EDU 426 - Elementary Special Education Student Teaching
A 4- to 8-week experience of observation, participation and teaching students in the elementary special education classroom. The number of weeks/credits required for student teaching will be determined by the coordinator of student teaching and the chair of the department. (4-8 credits)
|Total credits required: 29-33