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.

Secondary Education Endorsement

Requirements for certification
(Also requires completion of an academic major)
Professional/methodology requirements:
Special Methods in all broad areas of certification being sought (Science, Social Sciences, English, Math, Spanish, Art, Music, PE/Health and Business): at least 3 credits.*
EDU 102 - Foundations of Education
EDU 202 - Early Field Experience
EDU 206 - Survey of Exceptional Individuals
EDU 227 - Instructional Technology
EDU 304 - Educational Psychology
EDU 307 - General Methods in Secondary Education
EDU 340 - Human Relations
EDU 347 - Reading in the Content Area
EDU 409 - Philosophy of Education
EDU 415 - Secondary Student Teaching
Cognate requirements
Math course 3-5
Science course 4
Choose one course: 4
PSY 221SS - Developmental Psychology: Childhood
PSY 224 - Developmental Psychology: Adolescence
Total credits required: 48-51


* See available options in the course description section under EDU308, Special Methods in Major.