Education courses

EDU102 - Foundations of Education
(2 credits) This course provides philosophical, historical, social and economical foundational background for students considering the teaching profession.Note: This course includes a field experience. Students must earn a C- orbetter in order to fulfill program requirements for elementary licensure.
EDU202 - Early Field Experience
This course requires 25 clock-hours of field experience with a certified teacher in an area school.Prerequisite: EDU102.(1 credit)
EDU203 - Early Field Experience-Middle School
EDU205 - Directed Field Experience
EDU206 - Survey of Exceptional Individuals
(3 credits) This course provides an overview of the history of special education up to and including present day trends and practices in education students with exceptionalities. Various areas of exceptionality are explored, including ways to support students with diverse learning and behavioral needs in inclusionary environments.Note: This course includes a field experience. Students must earn a C- orbetter in order to fulfill program requirements for elementary licensure.
EDU221 - Growth and Development of the Middle School Aged Student
The middle school growth and development primarily embraces the knowledge of the learner component of the professional knowledge base with concentration, identification and comprehension of the physical, psychosocial, and cognitive characteristics of the middle school aged student. This course includes a 5 hour field experience. (3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
EDU227 - Instructional Technology
This course studies the impact and uses of media and technology in educational settings. Use and operation of AV equipment will be taught. Emphasis is placed on the various ways the computer can be used in teaching. Current and future use of technology in education will be addressed.(1 credit)
EDU228 - Children's Literature
This course focuses on the history of children's literature and its uses in the classroom. This course provides an introduction to the criteria and selection of Children's literature for elementary school students. Various genres are detailed, and ideas for curriculum integration are discussed. A study of illustrations and authors is included. (2 credits)
EDU229 - Introduction to Early Childhood
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.(3 credits)
EDU230 - Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Programs
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.Prerequisite: EDU229 or permission of instructor.(3 credits)
EDU235 - Characteristics of Learners with Mild and Moderate Disabilities
An overview of mild/moderate disabilities including historical and theoretical perspectives. Designed for students seeking reading, unified early childhood and special education endorsements. Prerequisite: EDU206. (3 credits)
EDU300 - Characteristics of Young Children with Diverse Needs
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.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
EDU300A - Characteristics of Young Children with Diverse Needs
EDU301 - Methods of Working with Young Children with Diverse Needs
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.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
EDU304 - Educational Psychology
EDU307 - General Methods in Secondary Education
EDU308 - Special Methods in Major
A study of the content, techniques, and materials in the student's major field needed to qualify for secondary teacher certification. Biology, chemistry and natural science majors see course offering under NSC308. Economics, history, political science, social science and sociology majors see course offering under SSC308. Kinesiology majors see course offering under KIN318. All other majors see course offering, number 308, under your major department. (2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
EDU309 - Transition for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
A study of the job opportunities and training for the adolescent mentally disabled student.Prerequisites: EDU206 and 235.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
EDU312 - Middle School Methods and Curriculum
This course focuses on the philosophy of the middle school, organization of the curriculum, effective teaching strategies, and assessment. This course includes a 5 hour field experience. Prerequisite: junior class standing. (3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
EDU314 - Working with Parents
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.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
EDU314A - Working with Parents
EDU315 - Behavior Management and Classroom Instruction
This course is designed to provide an overview of various models for classroom and behavior management. The course will emphasize both theoretical and practical dimensions of behavior and social concerns.Prerequisite: EDU206.(3 credits)
EDU318 - Diagnostic Assessment, Teaching and Evaluation of Special Education Students
A study in the purposes, procedures and issues related to screening, testing and evaluation of special needs students. The course will include a study of diagnostic instruments used by the profession.Prerequisite: EDU206.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
EDU319 - Communication and Collaborative Partnerships for Special Educators
This course provides strategies for working with regular classroom teachers, support services, personnel, paraprofessionals and other individuals involved in the educational program.Prerequisite: EDU206.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
EDU319A - Communication and Collaborative Partnerships for Special Educators
EDU323 - Teaching Mathematics
(3 credits) A study of materials, lesson design, methods, and procedures for the teaching of mathematics at the elementary and middle school levels are the primary points of study for this course. Prerequisite: admission to the teacher education program.Note: This course includes a field experience. Students must earn a C- orbetter in order to fulfill program requirements for elementary licensure.Prerequisite: admission to the teacher education program.
EDU326 - Teaching Reading and Language Arts
(3 credits) Lesson design and methods for the teaching of language arts are the primary points of study for this course. Specifically, this course addresses how to teach reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, and grammar.Note: This course includes a field experience. Students must earn a C- orbetter in order to fulfill program requirements for elementary licensure.
EDU327 - Classroom Management for Secondary Teachers
The objective of this course is to teach students effective strategies for organizing and managing an effective classroom. Included in this course are guidelines for organizing your classroom and materials, choosing rules and procedures, maintaining appropriate student behaviors, managing student work and planning and conducting instruction. Students will interview classroom teachers to discover management strategies that have worked effectively for them.(1 credit)
EDU328 - Teaching Science in the Elementary Classroom
(3 credits) Foundational course for teaching science in the elementary classroom. Methods and materials will be developed as they relate to modern practices of teaching science. This course will focus on a broad range of topics covered in this curricular area, including earth/space science.Note: This course includes field experience. Students must earn a C or better in order to fulfill program requirements for elementary licensure.Prerequisites: admission into teacher education program and concurrent enrollment in EDU343WI.
EDU329 - Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary Classroom
(2 credits) Foundational course for teaching social science in the elementary classroom. Methods and materials will be developed as they relate to modern practices of teaching social studies. This course will focus on the broad range of topics covered in this curricular area, including economics and civic literacy. This course includes field experience.Note: This course includes a field experience. Students must earn a C or better in order to fulfill program requirements for elementary licensure.Prerequisite: admission into teacher education program.
EDU336 - Methods & Strategies for Learners with Mild & Moderate Disabilities (K-6)
This course is designed to prepare pre-service teachers to develop and implement intervention strategies as well as appropriate accommodations and modifications to address students' exceptional learning and behavioral needs at the elementary school level. Pre-service teachers will also develop/refine skills in IEP writing, incorporating assessment and evaluation information as well as input from parents/families. Prerequisites: EDU206 and 235. (3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
EDU337 - Methods of Working with Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities at the Secondary Level
This course prepares college students to teach students with exceptional learning needs at the secondary level. A practicum experience of ten hours is required.Prerequisites: EDU206 and 235.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
EDU340 - Human Relations
Major issues and concepts associated with living in a culturally diverse society and teaching in culturally diverse schools will be clarified. Students will consider ways in which ethnicity, gender/sexuality, social class, and religion intersect and influence beliefs and behaviors. (3 credits)
EDU343WI - Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems
(3 credits) (Writing intensive) Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems focuses both on the role of formative and summative assessment in the teaching of reading. In addition, significant attention is paid to the remediation of reading problems. Students will study the design, development, implementation and evaluation of remediation for students with reading problems, including diagnostic and prescriptive procedures for individuals and groups of students. Students will be required to write and revise their work for professional audiences. Formal and informal assessment procedures will be examined. Writing is a significant part of each exam.Note: A practicum experience is a key component of this course. This course includes a field experience. Prerequisites: EDU326, admission into teacher education program, and concurrent enrollment in EDU328.
EDU345 - Language Learning and Reading Disabilities
This course focuses on learning oral language and the implications that has for learning written language. A major part of the course is devoted to designing effective remedial education programs for Title I and special education. Special attention is paid to early intervention programs. This is an upper level course, designed for students completing reading and special education endorsements.Prerequisites: EDU326 and 343.(3 credits)
EDU347 - Reading in the Content Area
This course addresses skills necessary in teaching students to read in social studies, math, science, and other content areas. This course offers strategies for vocabulary, comprehension, study skills, writing, assessment, and more. (2 credits)
EDU398 - Directed Study
EDU406 - Student Teaching in Reading
A supervised experience in an elementary or secondary classroom under a certified reading teacher. Prerequisites: EDU343 and 347. (1-4 credits)
EDU407 - Early Childhood Student Teaching
Observation, participation and teaching students in both pre- kindergarten and kindergarten settings. Prerequisites: EDU229 and 230, and KIN104 or current first aid and infant child CPR certification. (1-4 credits)
EDU408 - Paraprofessional Practicum
A 4-16 week classroom experience in an elementary classroom under a certified teacher. The satisfactory completion of this experience will allow the student to complete the elementary major but the student will not be recommended for teacher licensure. (4-8 credits)
EDU409 - Philosophy of Education
The liberally educated Christian teacher is the knowledgeable servant of God and society and this course examines critically the reasoning behind policies and methods of teaching, learning and schooling. Various schools of thought are discussed, including a distinctively Christian perspective, to assist students in their personal response to these issues as they serve as professional teachers. Prerequisite: admission into teacher education program. (2 credits)
EDU410 - TESL Student Teaching
A four-week K-12 classroom experience in observation, participation and teaching students who have English as a second language. (1-4 credits)
EDU411 - Student Teaching in the Middle School
A 4- to 8-week classroom experience of observation, participation and teaching in grades 6-8. The number of weeks/credits required for student teaching will be determined by the coordinator of student teaching and the chair of the department. (4-8 credits)
EDU413 - Elementary Student Teaching
A 4- to 16-week classroom experience of observation, participation and teaching in an elementary classroom. The number of weeks/credits required for student teaching will be determined by the coordinator of student teaching and the chair of the department. (4-16 credits)
EDU415 - Secondary Student Teaching
A 4 to 16-week classroom experience of observation, participation and teaching in a secondary classroom. The number of weeks/credits required for student teaching will be determined by the coordinator of student teaching and the chair of the department. (4-16 credits)
EDU416 - Vertical Student Teaching
A 4- to 16-week classroom experience of observation, participation and teaching grades K-12 in art, music, kinesiology or Spanish. The number of weeks/credits required for student teaching will be determined by the coordinator of student teaching and the chair of the department. (4-16 credits)
EDU426 - Elementary Special Education Student Teaching
A 4- to 8-week experience of observation, participation and teaching students in the elementary special education classroom. The number of weeks/credits required for student teaching will be determined by the coordinator of student teaching and the chair of the department. (4-8 credits)
EDU428 - Secondary Special Education Student Teaching
A 4- to 8-week experience of observation, participation and teaching students in the secondary special education classroom. The number of weeks/credits required for student teaching will be determined by the coordinator of student teaching and the chair of the department. (4-8 credits)
EDU429 - Unified Early Childhood Student Teaching
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. (4-8 credits)
EDU499 - Honors Research
EDU500 - Children's Literature
(3 credits) This course surveys literature for children, as they relate tothe interests, reading abilities, and needs of those readers. Practitionerswill read, compare, and critique children's literature, as well as evaluatepractical uses of children's literature.
EDU502 - Adolescent Literature
(3 credits) This course surveys literature for adolescents, as they relateto the interests, reading abilities, and needs of those readers. Practitioners will read, compare, and critique adolescent literature, aswell as evaluate practical uses of adolescent literature.
EDU504 - Diagnosis of Reading Problems
(3 credits) Students will learn to use diagnostic instruments, proceduresand practices to identify children's reading proficiencies and needs. Formal and informal assessments, individual and group assessments, andspecial programs will be examined. Students will learn to share the resultsof assessments with stakeholders, and plan instruction based on the resultsof assessments.
EDU505 - Collaboration and Advocacy in the Early Childhood Community
(3 credits) Examine characteristics of the diverse cultures and structuresprevalentin American families, and how those factors influence children's growthand development. This course emphasizes strategies to improvecollaboration with families, schools and community partners to improvestudents' success outcomes. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
EDU506 - Improving Literacy Through Writing: PreK-6
(3 credits) This course provides strategies for teaching writing skills forvarious types of writing, including narrative, expressive, persuasive,informational and descriptive. The practitioner will develop skills inteaching the writing process, the stages of spelling development, andreading-writing-speaking connections.
EDU508 - Improving Literacy Through Writing: 7-12
(3 credits) This course prepares practitioners to mature the writing skillsof middle and high school students, enabling them to effectively communicatethrough narrative, expressive, persuasive, informational and descriptivewritten works.
EDU510 - Reading in the Content Area
(3 credits) Under the premise that all teachers are reading teachers, thiscourse prepares teachers to help children learn from text-based resources incontent areas like social studies, math, and science. Focus will be placedon research-based strategies that use text structure, vocabulary, key ideasand classroom environment to facilitate learning from textual resources.
EDU512 - Remedial Reading and Response to Intervention
(3 credits) Response to Intervention (RtI) is a multi-tiered approach to theearly identification and support of all students. RtI is a process, onethat includes research-based instruction, universal screening,interventions, progress monitoring, data based decision-making, tieredlevels of support, and whole-school cooperation and involvement. Thiscourse will help students deliver reading instruction based on students'individual needs using RtI. Students will learn to analyze and selectmaterials, instructional technology, tools and resources to design anddeliver effective instruction in individual and group settings.
EDU514 - Strategies for Teaching Second Language Learners
(3 credits) Students in this course will learn to use theories, programs,strategies and modifications to facilitate knowledge acquisition and socialintegration for second language learners.
EDU525 - Advanced Child Development
(3 credits) Intensive study of typical and atypical development of childrenfrombirth through age eight. This course will immerse you in research thatwill improve your ability to facilitate the cognitive, emotional,physical and social development of young children with diverse abilitiesand needs. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
EDU530 - Leadership of Early Childhood Programs
(3 credits) Thorough examination of roles, responsibilities andcharacteristics ofeffective leaders of early childhood programs with a focus on personalgrowth in leadership and communication. Emphasis on identifying areas ofstrength and need in programs and staffing to create opportunities forimprovement. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
EDU535 - Strategies for Early Literature Development
(3 credits) Examine widely accepted theories of language, reading andwritingdevelopment in young children. Use research and assessment data toidentify curricula and instructional strategies most suited to thediverse needs of young children. Examine research and develop strategiesto leverage play in providing successful literacy instructionalexperiences. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
EDU538 - Reading Endorsement Practicum: K-8
(1 credit) This course requires 30 hours of field experiences in a varietyof settings with children who are within the span of kindergarten througheighth grade level. Note: Graded on a pass/no pass basis.
EDU539 - Reading Endorsement Practicum: 5-12
(1 credit) This course requires 30 hours of field experiences in a varietyof settings with children who are within the span of fifth through twelfthgrade. Note: Graded on a pass/no pass basis.
EDU540 - Teaching Young Children with Diverse Needs
(3 credits) Students will learn to design curriculum, instruction andassessmentspecific to the needs of diverse children ages 0 through 8. Create safeand nurturing classroom environments that are developmentally appropriateand respect diversity. Collaborate with stakeholders to meet the needsof young children. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
EDU555 - Trends and Issues in K-12 Education
(3 credits) Teachers and schools must continually examine currentpractices in PreK-12 education in search of better solutions to increasestudentachievement and to thoroughly prepare children for the world in whichthey will live and work. In this course students will study currentsocial, political and academic trends and issues affecting children,teachers and schools. Students will define their personal positionsbased on facts and experience, and will collaborate with others toadvocate for solutions that improve education for PreK-12 grade students. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
EDU560 - Curriculum and Assessment for Student Learning
3 credits) Through a process of discussion, reflection, reading, discoveryand practice, this course will lead students to a more comprehensiveunderstanding of how curriculum and assessment are interrelated. Studentswill delve into timely issues associated with curriculum and assessmentaffecting schools. Upon completion, students will be prepared to developaligned curriculum and assessment that takes into consideration local,state and national standards, best practices and students' diverse needs. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
EDU565 - Instructional strategies for Diverse Students and Settings
(3 credits) This course is intended for experienced teachers, and willfocus onbuilding off of prior knowledge and experience to improve studentlearning. Research-based instructional strategies will be studied, withparticular emphasis on adapting and employing strategies to fit students'cognitive abilities, motivation, interest, cultural background and otherunique characteristics in diverse settings. Students in this class willapply new instructional strategies in their practice to positively impactlearning in the PreK-12 classroom. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
EDU570 - Teaching and Learning with Technology
(3 credits) Technology integration in the K-12 setting can enhancelearning, improve motivation and engagement, increase accessibility,individualize instruction, differentiate assessment and improvecommunication with parents and stakeholders. In this course studentswill broaden their understanding of the technology available to them inthe PreK-12 classroom and improve their ability to leverage specifictechnology to improve teaching and learning. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
EDU575 - Science and Math in Early Childhood
3 credits) Integrate science and math instruction throughout the earlygrades curriculum, with a focus on activating children's innatecuriosity, modeling habits of the mind, and fostering students' belief intheir ability to learn. Focus on curriculum, instruction and assessmentthat are developmentally appropriate for young children. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
EDU580 - ECIS Student Teaching
(4-8 credits) ECIS candidates will complete a supervised student teachingexperience in an integrated setting. This practicum endorses the studentteacher to become a teacher in an integrated setting for children frombirth to third grade by preparing the student to schedule, evaluate,collaborate, write IEPs and IFSPs, and to develop strategies to addressspecial needs of children. This is a four-week experience. Note: Graded on a pass/no pass basis. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
EDU590 - Special Topics in Education
(3 credits) Study contemporary and research-based theory and practicerelated to PreK-12 education. The specific topic of this course willreflect instructional strategies, current trends and issues, curriculum andassessment, legislation, best practices, and research of interest to PreK-12 practitioners. Students are allowed to register for this course morethan once. Prerequisite: Bachelorr's degree or permission of the department chair.
EDU610 - Educational Research Methods and Design
(3 credits) This course will provide an overview of research methodologyemployed for studies in the field of education. Topics include basicresearch methodology, interpretation of findings, and application ofresearch in educational settings. Students will develop their ability tocritically evaluate educational research and to judiciously applyfindings in their professional settings. By the conclusion of the coursestudents will be able to identify a potential topic for future researchand outline the basic methodology needed to conduct the study. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
EDU615 - Peer Assessment and Instructional Coaching
3 credits) Instructional coaches are on-site professional developerswho teach educators how to use proven instructional methods. To besuccessful in this role, coaches must be skilled in a variety of roles,including public relations guru, communicator extraordinaire, conflictresolver, master organizer and expert educator. In this course studentswill study factors related to professional learning and hone theirability to improve academic outcomes for students through supportive peercoaching relationships. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
EDU620 - Professional Learning Communities for School Improvement
(3 credits) Learn to use professional learning communities to unifyteachers and administrators around a shared vision for student and schoolgrowth. This course will equip you to form a PLC, evaluate baselinedata, create a plan, and develop professional development to prepareteachers to implement the plan. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
EDU625 - Teacher as Leader
3 credits) This course prepares participants to transition fromclassroom teachers to teacher leaders within their school and district.Through the lens of practical application, students will examineeffective leadership theory, the culture of their setting, and theirpersonal strengths and needs to leverage leadership that will drivepositive change. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
EDU630 - Technology Coaching and Leadership
(3 credits) Use the constructs of adult learning and professionallearning communities to develop a coaching relationship with peerteachers that will support their integrated use of technology to improvestudent and school outcomes. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
EDU635 - Capstone
(3 credits) Students in the Master of Arts in Education program completetheir studies with a Capstone Project that can take a variety of forms.Students will demonstrate attainment of program outcomes by extensivelyexploring a topic within the student's area of specialization throughapplication of the research topic to an educational setting. The capstonewill culminate in a project, following APA guidelines, prior to thestudent's graduation with a master's degree in education from NorthwesternCollege.Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
NSC308 - Methods of Teaching Secondary Natural Science
(3 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of the techniques and materials for teaching natural science at the secondary school level (for biology and chemistry majors). This courserequires a30-hour practicum and is required of each candidate seeking anendorsement in this content area. Notes: Does not count toward the major or minor. See course offeringsi under biology, chemistry and physics. Students must earn a "C" or better in the special methods course in orderto fulfill program requirements for secondary licensure. Prerequisite: upperclassman.
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