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.

Reading Endorsement

Requirements for elementary certification for teaching Title I reading or reading/language arts for over half the school day. (Also requires the completion of the elementary education major.)

EDU 228 - Children's Literature
EDU 326 - Teaching Reading and Language Arts *
EDU 343WI - Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems *
EDU 345 - Language Learning and Reading Disabilities
EDU 347 - Reading in the Content Area
EDU 406 - Student Teaching in Reading
IGE 101 - First-Year Seminar: Speaking and Writing in Community
TSL 225 - Language Development and Acquisition
Total credits required: 24


* Part of the elementary education major