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 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 be addressed.(1 credit)
EDU 304 -
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. (3credits)
EDU 307 -
General Methods in Secondary Education
The principles and methods of teaching at the secondary level, includinglesson plans, teaching skills, reading in the content area, classroommanagement, evaluation and school law. Note: This course includes field experience. Students must earn a"C" or better in this course in order to fulfill program requirements for secondarylicensure. Prerequisite: sophomore class standing and admission to the teachereducation program. (3 credits)
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 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 415 -
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)
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