Early childhood endorsement program requirements
The program outlined below meets requirements for the state of Iowa. Students who are teaching elsewhere should check with their state's department of education to ensure the endorsement will be accepted there. 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.
|EDU 229 - Introduction to Early Childhood (3 credits)
(3 credits) This course provides an overview of the field of early childhood education. Included in its overview will be the study of the historical background and current trends, child development-birth to eight years, philosophies of early childhood education teaching, and issues in early childhood education. Early childhood curriculum design in the areas of language arts, math, science, social studies and the creative arts is incorporated in this course.
|EDU 230 - Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Programs (3 credits)
(3 credits) This course presents the knowledge of child-family-school-community relationships including familiarity with various community agencies providing services for preschool children. Research for helping develop a good early childhood program will be incorporated. Also included will be licensing procedures, physical environment, personnel and curriculum development, funding, and evaluation. Careers available in the early childhood field will be explored.
|EDU 314 - Working With Parents (2 credits)
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) 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.
|EDU 319 - Communication and Collaborative Partnerships (2 credits)
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course provides strategies for working with regular classroom teachers, support services, personnel, paraprofessionals and other individuals involved in the educational program. Prerequisite: EDU206.
|KIN 101 - Concepts of Physical Fitness (2 credits)
(2 credits) (IGE option under Physical Wellness) The course examines various concepts of health and physical fitness with the purpose of encouraging the student to establish positive patterns of activity and healthy living.
You can expect to complete the required courses for the early childhood endorsement within 1 to 2 years, depending on how many courses you choose to take in the summer term.:
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The early childhood endorsement requires student-teaching hours, logged in the classroom with a supervising teacher. Students in Iowa will either be assigned a supervising teacher or can make their own arrangements to be approved by Northwestern's education department. Students outside Iowa will need to make their own student-teaching arrangements to be approved by Northwestern's education department.