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.
|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 300 - Characteristics of Young Children With Diverse Needs (3 credits)
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) The purpose of this course is to assist the pre-service teacher in acquiring information and developing skills in regard to working with the young child (ages 0-8) who has special needs. This course will examine normal and atypical patterns and sequences of development in infants and toddlers in the cognitive, language, motor, social, emotional, behavioral and sensory domains. Normal and atypical etiology will be examined. Developmental delays will be examined through various assessment methods. Early identification techniques, interventions and service delivery models will be examined. The medically fragile child as well as the child with multiple disabilities will be discussed in regard to assessment, interventions and service delivery models. Prerequisites: EDU102 and 206.
|EDU 301 - Methods of Working With Young Children With Diverse Needs (3 credits)
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) The purpose of this course is to assist the pre-service teacher in developing methods for working with young children with special needs. This course will ask students to demonstrate mastery of the applied competencies in the unified early childhood program, focusing on interdisciplinary, inclusionary, and family centered practices.
|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 429 - Unified Early Childhood Student Teaching (4 to 8 credits)*
(4-8 credits) This practicum endorses the student to become a teacher in an elementary multicategorical resource program for children from birth to third grade by preparing the student to schedule, evaluate, collaborate, write IEPs and IFSPs, and to develop strategies to address special needs of children. The number of weeks/credits required for student teaching will be determined by the coordinator of student teaching and the chair of the department. Prerequisite: KIN104 or current first aid and infant child CPR certification.
|Total Credits: 18-22 credit hours
*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.