Early childhood integrated setting
The program outlined below meets requirements for the state of Iowa's early childhood integrated setting (ECIS) endorsement (also called endorsement 100 - preK through grade three including special education). Students who are teaching elsewhere should check with their state's department of education to determine if NWC's ECIS 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.
Integrated educational settings
The ECIS 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.
Total Credits: 18-22 credit hours
EDU 229 Introduction to Early Childhood (3 credits)
EDU 230 Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Programs (3 credits)
EDU 300 Characteristics of Young Children With Diverse Needs (3 credits)
EDU 301 Methods of Working With Young Children With Diverse Needs (3 credits)
EDU 314 Working With Parents (2 credits)
EDU 429 Unified Early Childhood Student Teaching (4 to 8 credits)*
*Student teaching is an experiential, rather than online, course so part-time tuition rates apply.
You can expect to complete the required coursework for the ECIS endorsement in 3 to 6 terms, depending on how many courses you choose to take per term.
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The ECIS endorsement requires student-teaching hours, logged in the classroom with a supervising teacher. Students will need to make their own student-teaching arrangements to be approved by Northwestern's education department.