Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Education

Objective: To prepare students to teach content courses in grades 6-12 (K-12 for Art, Kinesiology and Music) and meet the requirements for Idaho certification.

Administrators: Content Area Department Chairs; Chair, Undergraduate Education Department

Requirements: 36 credits in professional education; and requirements for one teaching area or two teaching fields (see specific content areas/fields below for courses and credits).

Professional Education Courses:
Professional education core (36 credits) including:
*EDUC1100. Introduction to Education (1)
PSYC2110. Educational Psychology (3)
EDUC2250. Cultural Diversity in Education (2)
EDUC2750. Technology in the Classroom (3)
*EDUC2960. Introduction to Instructional Design (1)
EDUC3150. Education of Exceptional Children (3) [Kinesiology Ed majors may substitute KINE3630]
*EDUC3410. English Language Learners and Content Literacy in Secondary Classrooms (3)
*EDUC3510. Teaching Methods in Secondary Classrooms (3) [Exempt: Music Ed Area majors]
*EDUC3750. Classroom Management in Secondary Schools (2)
*Special Methods Courses in first and second teaching fields or teaching area
*EDUC3920. Foundations of Education (2)
*EDUC4850. Secondary School Start-Up (1)
*EDUC4860. Student Teaching in the Middle School/Junior High School (11); or,
*EDUC4870. Student Teaching in the Senior High School (11)
*EDUC4950. Seminar/Capstone (1) [Music Ed Area majors may substitute MUSC4000]

* Courses must be taken at Northwest Nazarene University.

Program Certification Requirements:

  1. Complete all requirements for a baccalaureate degree.
  2. Complete a subject teaching area emphasis of at least 45 semester credit hours as recommended by the subject department and approved by the Department of Education, or completion of a first teaching field emphasis of at least 30 semester credit hours and a second teaching field emphasis of at least 20 semester credit hours as recommended by the subject departments and approved by the Department of Education. These areas and fields include:
    1. Teaching areas: art, biology, chemistry, English, kinesiology, mathematics, music, Spanish.
    2. First teaching fields: biology, chemistry, English, history, kinesiology, mathematics, psychology, Spanish.
    3. Second teaching field: American government/political science, art, biology, chemistry, communication, economics, English, health, history, kinesiology, mathematics, music, physics, psychology, Spanish.
  3. Complete requirements of the teacher education program in effect at the time of admission to teacher education and any additional requirements if required by changes in the standards of state regulatory agencies.
  4. Complete all required education courses in the secondary program with a grade of B- (2.7) or better.
  5. Complete all required content courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better.
  6. Maintain a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA.
  7. Pass the PRAXIS II content test(s) in teaching area or fields.
  8. Receive a favorable vote of the Teacher Education Council for recommendation for certification.

Completing an Idaho approved teacher education program will enable a candidate to be recommended for certification in other states. Deviations from the teaching major or certification requirements must be authorized by the Department Chair.

Subject teaching areas and fields: