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.
Major requirements for certification
EDU 102 -
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- or better in order to fulfill program requirements for elementary licensure.
EDU 202 -
Early Field Experience
This course requires 25 clock-hours of field experience with a certified teacher in an area school.Prerequisite: EDU102.(1 credit)
EDU 206 -
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.
EDU 227 -
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 beaddressed.(2 credits)
EDU 228 -
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)
EDU 304 -
EDU 323 -
(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.
EDU 326 -
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.
EDU 328 -
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.
EDU 329 -
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.
EDU 340 -
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)
EDU 343WI -
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.
EDU 409 -
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)
EDU 413 -
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)
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.
ART 235 -
Integrating Art for Elementary Classroom Teachers
KIN 235 -
Integrating PE for Elementary Classroom Teachers
MUS 235 -
Integrating Music for Elementary Classroom Teachers
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 107 -
Mathematical Reasoning for Elementary Teachers
A study of those topics necessary and helpful for competent and enthusiasticteaching of mathematics in the elementary school, including some history ofmathematics, development of number systems, number bases, sets, logic and reasoning$limited to education majors and does not count toward a math major or mathminor. Prerequisite: grade of C- or better in MAT 090, ACT math score of atleast 20 (SAT math 480), or a passing score on the MAT 090 placement exam.
MAT 127 -
Patterns, Functions and Algebra for Elementary Teachers
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 -
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 -
(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
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