Education–Elementary

The teacher education program at Northwestern College commits itself to a Christ-centered holistic development of teachers called to serve Christ and society in diverse classroom settings. The model for the program is "Teacher as Servant." The goal is to serve you as students in the name of Jesus Christ with the expectation that you, too, will seek to offer yourselves in Christian service as you teach others. In order to serve effectively as teachers, you need a well-formed, whole educational experience. Northwestern emphasizes this wholeness in its liberal arts program by stressing intellectual, physical, spiritual/moral and social/emotional wholeness. Within this context, the teacher education program believes that effective teaching results from foundational knowledge of the profession along with knowledge and skills in learning, teaching and reflection. This body of knowledge and performances, in conjunction with the college's emphasis on teaching the whole person and developing intercultural competencies, is put into practice in diverse pre-teaching opportunities that you experience in and outside of the P-12 classroom.

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Major requirements for certification

Professional/methodology requirements:
EDU 102 - Foundations of Education
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.(2 credits)
EDU 202 - Early Field Experience
This course requires 25 clock-hours of field experience with a certified teacher in an area school.Note: Graded on a pass/no pass basis. Prerequisite: EDU102. (1 credit)
EDU 206 - Survey of Exceptional Individuals
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.(3 credits)
EDU 227 - Instructional Technology
This course enables students to develop proficiency with a variety oftechnologies available for classroom instruction. It also provides insightsand tools that would apply to 1:1 classrooms, flipped classrooms and onlinelearning. Most of the coursework is based as students demonstrate basicworking knowledge of various tools and equipment. (2 credits)
EDU 228 - 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.Note: This course includes 5 hours of field experience. (2 credits)
EDU 304 - Educational Psychology
The application of psychological principles to the learner, the learningprocess and the learning situation. This course not only explores learningtheories that impact education today, but also has an emphasis on developingappropriate motivation techniques, creating developmentally appropriate andproductive learning environments, developing classroom management, as wellas developing authentic and appropriate evaluation and assessment.Prerequisites: EDU102, PSY221SS or 224, and junior class standing. (3 credits)
EDU 323 - Teaching Mathematics
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. (3 credits)
EDU 326 - Teaching Reading and Language Arts
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. (3credits)
EDU 328 - Teaching Science in the Elementary Classroom
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. (3 credits)
EDU 329 - Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary Classroom
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. (2 credits)
EDU 340 - 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.Note: A 20 hour experience, both in schools and outside of schools indiverse settings is a key componenet of this course. (2 credits)
EDU 343WI - Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Problems
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: This course includes a field experience. Prerequisites: EDU326, admission into teacher education program, and concurrent enrollment in EDU328. (3 credits) (Writing Intensive)
EDU 409SR - Philosophy of Education
No course description available.
EDU 413 - Elementary Student Teaching *
A 4-16 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.Note: Graded on a pass/no pass basis. (4-16 credits)
Note: *If seeking certification in special education, unified early childhood, early childhood or reading, complete 8 credits of student teaching in elementary education and 4-8 credits of student teaching in special education, early childhood or reading. The number of weeks/credits required for student teaching will be determined by the coordinator of student teaching and the chair of the department.

Cognate requirements

ART 235 - Integrating Art for Elementary Classroom Teachers
Methodology of teaching art concepts to elementary-aged students integrated into the elementary curriculum. Studio projects, textbook study, and lectures are included. Prerequisite: EDU326. (1 credit) Note: Does not count toward an art major or minor.
KIN 235 - Integrating PE for Elementary Classroom Teachers
The methods of teaching elementary physical education and health:emphasizing effective instructional procedures and practices to facilitatehealth and wellness in elementary-aged students. Note: KIN338 is an acceptable substitute for those seeking an elementaryeducation major and unified early childhood endorsement. Does not counttoward a PE major or minor. Prerequisite: EDU326. (1 credit)
MUS 235 - Integrating Music for Elementary Classroom Teachers
This course is designed to equip elementary majors with methods andmaterials for incorporating music in their educational curriculum. Note: KIN338 is an acceptable substitute for those seeking an elementaryeducation major and unified early childhood endorsement. Does not counttoward a music major or minor. Prerequisite: EDU326. (1 credit)
PSY 221SS - Developmental Psychology: Childhood
(4 credits)(IGE option under Self and Society) This course explores the development of the child from the prenatal period into adolescence. Children's physical, cognitive, emotional, personality, social, moral and faith development is examined. Psychological research methods for studying children are covered.

Content area requirements:

Biological science course: 4 credits
Foreign language course or 201-level proficiency: 0-9 credits
Physical science course: 3-4 credits
MAT 107QR - Mathematical Reasoning for Elementary Teachers
No course description available.
MAT 127 - Patterns, Functions and Algebra for Elementary Teachers
MAT127 is designed to help you understand and teach the aspects of algebrathat are highly relevant to elementary and middle school classrooms.Throughout the course, topics are explored through rich problems andinvestigations, enabling you to deepen your conceptual understanding ofalgebraic concepts and to enhance your pedagogical practices. Coursediscussions, activities, projects, and explorations will focus on thefollowing topics:-Problem Solving-Solving Equations-Patterns & Sequences-Representing Functional Relationships-Quadratic Functions-Exponential Functions-Properties of Numbers and Operations-Algebraic Proof Note: This course is limited to elementary education majors only. Does notcount toward a math major or minor. Prerequisites: C- or better in MAT090 or ACT math score of 20 or above(SAT480 or above), or passing score on the MAT090 placement exam. (3credits)
Choose one course: 4
HIS 206 - History of the United States
(4 credits)(American history) The History of the United States introduces students to the broad contours of American civilization, from native societies and colonial founding to the present and in the context of global events. The course focuses on political, social, economic, religious, and cultural continuity and change in U.S. history. Prerequisite: Historical Perspectives course or permission of instructor.
PSC 101SS - American National Government
(4 credits)(IGE option under Self and Society) A broad survey of the major political and governmental institutions in the United States, this course examines how citizens attempt to influence their government and how the government responds. The course also develops the foundations for a biblical perspective on the role of government and the task of citizens.
PSC 235 - Comparative Politics
A broad survey of politics, political change, political institutions and public policy in several selected countries from different continents. Contrasts with the United States are emphasized and special attention is paid to historical development, ideological, religious and social factors. (4 credits)
PSC 260CC - Human Geography
(4 credits)(IGE option under Cross-Cultural Engagement) This course introduces the study of political, physical and cultural features of space and place around the world. Familiarity with major physical and political features of the world's regions will be stressed. In addition, the course will raise various issues connected with the cultural aspect of geography, e.g., perceptions of place, changes in space over time, the interactions of human communities, the natural environment and patterns of human presence on the land.
*Choose one course: 0-6
Cross-cultural study elective
Foreign language course
Math course
Note: *Students who complete PSC260, Cultural Geography, or PSC235, Comparative Politics, for the content area requirement above have also met the cross-cultural study elective requirement.

Total credits required: 58-86

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