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.
Requirements for certification
(Also requires completion of an academic major)
Special Methods in all broad areas of certification being sought (Science, Social Sciences, English, Math, Spanish, Art, Music, PE/Health and Business): at least 3 credits. See available Special Methods class in your major and consult with your adviser.
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- orbetter in order to fulfill program requirements for elementary licensure.
EDU 202 -
Early Field Experience
This course requires 30 clock-hours of field experience with a certified teacher in an area school. Prerequisite:EDU102. (1 credit) (Note: Graded on a pass/no pass basis.)
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 304 -
EDU 307 -
General Methods in Secondary Education
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 347 -
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)
EDU 409SR -
Philosophy of Education
The liberally educated Christian teacher is the knowledgeable servant of Godand society and this course examines the reasoning behind policies andmethods of teaching, learning and schooling. Various schools of thought arediscussed, including a distinctively Christian perspective, to preparestudents to serve as professional teachers. This course is the NWCore SeniorSeminar course for education students. (2 credits)
EDU 415 -
Secondary Student Teaching
This experience will include the observation, engagement and instruction ofa secondary classroom for 4-16 weeks while under the supervision of alicensed, qualified teacher. Exact number of weeks/credits required will bedetermined by student teacher coordinator and department chair. Candidateswill draw from and develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions inplanning, instruction, assessment and professionalism learned and assessedthroughout the secondary education program. Candidates are expected to model"Teacher as Servant" throughout the experience by serving God and society indiverse classroom settings. (4-16 credits) Note: Graded on a pass/no passbasis. Successful completion of student teaching is a necessary step towardslicensure; a passing grade for student teaching does not guarantee licensurerecommendation from department.
Math course 3-5
Science course 4
Choose one course: 4
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.
PSY 224 -
Developmental Psychology: Adolescence
Adolescents experience many changes in a few short years as they transition from childhood to adulthood. This course explores the major psychological issues and theories in adolescent development with emphasis on cognitive development, self-concept, peer relationships and sexuality, among others.(4 credits)
Total credits required: 48-51