Elementary and Secondary Endorsement in Art, Music, Physical Education and Spanish

A student majoring in art, music, physical education or Spanish may acquire elementary and secondary endorsements by completing the following:

  1. The art, music, physical education or Spanish major
  2. The requirements for the elementary endorsement in art, music, physical education and Spanish
  3. The secondary special methods course in your major (ART308, MUS308 (Vocal), MUS309 (Instrumental), KIN318 or LAN308)
  4. EDU307, General Methods in Secondary Education
  5. EDU416, Vertical Student Teaching. Both the elementary and secondary level of student teaching may be combined within the 12-credit requirement.

Note: Students receiving both the elementary and secondary endorsement need one science course.

Professional/methodology requirements:

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
(1 credit) This course requires 30 clock-hours of field experience with a certified teacher in an area school. Prerequisite: EDU102. (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- or better in order to fulfill program requirements for elementary licensure.
EDU 227 - Instructional Technology
(2 credits) This course enables students to develop proficiency with a variety of technologies available for classroom instruction. It also provides insights and tools that would apply to 1:1 classrooms, flipped classrooms and online learning. Most of the coursework is based as students demonstrate basic working knowledge of various tools and equipment.
EDU 304 - Educational Psychology
(2 credits) The application of psychological principles to the learner, the learning process and the learning situation. This course not only explores learning theories that impact education today, but also has an emphasis on developing appropriate motivation techniques, creating developmentally appropriate and productive learning environments, developing classroom management, as well as developing authentic and appropriate evaluation and assessment. Prerequisites: EDU102, and PSY221SS or 224.
EDU 340CC - Human Relations
(3 credits) This course addresses major issues and concepts associated with living in a culturally diverse society and/or teaching in culturally diverse settings. Students will consider ways in which ethnicity, gender/sexuality, social class, and religion intersect and influence beliefs and behaviors. Note: This course includes field experience.
EDU 347 - Reading in the Content Area
No course description available.
EDU 409SR - Philosophy of Education
(2 credits) The liberally educated Christian teacher is the knowledgeable servant of God and society and this course examines the reasoning behind policies and methods of teaching, learning and schooling. Various schools of thought are discussed, including a distinctively Christian perspective, to prepare students to serve as professional teachers. This course is the NWCore course for education students. Note: Advised to be taken the term before student teaching.
EDU 413 - Elementary Student Teaching
(4-16 credits) This experience will include the observation, engagement and instruction of an elementary classroom for 4-16 weeks while under the supervision of a licensed, qualified teacher. Exact number of weeks/credits required will be determined by student teacher coordinator and department chair. Candidates will draw from and develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions in planning, instruction, assessment and professionalism learned and assessed throughout the elementary education program. Candidates are expected to model "Teacher as Servant" throughout the experience by serving God and society in diverse classroom settings. Note: Graded on a pass/no pass basis. Successful completion of student teaching is a necessary step towards licensure; a passing grade for student teaching does not guarantee licensure recommendation from department.
Choose appropriate course from your major:
ART 235 - Integrating Art for Elementary Classroom Teachers
(1 credit) Methodology of teaching art concepts to elementary-aged students integrated into the elementary curriculum. Studio projects, textbook study, and lectures are included. Prerequisite: EDU326. Note: Does not count toward an art major or minor.
KIN 317 - Methods of Elementary Physical Education and Health
(3 credits; alternate years, consult department) The methods of teaching elementary physical education and health including: program planning and implementation, emphasizing effective instructional procedures through the use of educational movement, fundamental and specialized motor skills. Prerequisite: KIN202. Note: Students must earn a ?C? or better in the special methods course in order to fulfill program requirements for secondary licensure.
LAN 308 - Methods of Teaching Foreign Language
No course description available.
MUS 307 - Teaching Elementary Music (Music students must also complete two of the following methods courses: MUS224, MUS225, MUS226 and MUS227.)
(2 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course is designed to prepare students who are music majors or minors for teaching in the elementary school. Students, who anticipate becoming specialists, will learn how to teach music to children through traditional methods, as well as through innovations of leading European and American educators. Students will learn how to establish curriculum's for music education that utilize learning strategies encompassed by the conceptual approach. State INTASC Standards, as well as National Music Standards, will be reviewed and applied. Four areas of musical study will be emphasized: historical, philosophical, content and methodology. Students will do guided practice in class teaching assignments. Prerequisite: MUS112.

Cognate requirements:

Math course: 3-5 credits
Science courses (must include a biological and either a chemistry or physics course): 7-8 credits
PSY 221SS - Developmental Psychology: Childhood
(4 credits ) (NWCore 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.

Total credits required: 35-52