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Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education

Objective: Students will pursue a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education in an undergraduate setting and receive an institutional recommendation toward teaching credentials in their chosen field.
 
Requirements: 51-52 credits in professional education; 35-38 credits in other required courses, most of which also meet general education requirements for graduation (see University Undergraduate Degree Requirements); credits for endorsement area requirements. All courses below must be passed with a B- or higher.

Professional Education Courses:

EDUC2005. Orientation: APP-Education (0)
*EDUC1125. Foundations of Teaching (3)
EDUC2250. Cultural Diversity in Education (2) -or-
SOGY1015. Exploring Cultural Anthropology (3)
*EDUC2555. Innovative Instruction (3)
EDUC3005. Mathematics Lab for Elementary Teachers (2)
EDUC3155. Education of Exceptional Children (3)
EDUC3165. Learning and the Brain (3)
EDUC3245. Classroom Management in Elementary Schools (3)
*EDUC3255. Fundamentals of Reading (3)
*EDUC3265. Content Literacy in Elementary Classrooms (3)
EDUC3315. Teaching English Language Learners (1)
EDUC4435. Teaching the Whole Child (1)
*EDUC4465. Assessment and Intervention in Reading (3)
*EDUC4545. Methods of Teaching Social Studies and Language Arts in the Elementary Classroom (4)
*EDUC4555. Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom (4)
*EDUC4815. Elementary School Start Up (1)
*EDUC4905. Student Teaching in Elementary Schools (11) -or-
*EDUC4865 Student Teaching in Middle School/Junior High School (11)
*EDUC4955. Seminar/Capstone (1)
*Courses must be taken at Northwest Nazarene University

Liberal Arts Core Required Courses:

English
ENGL1035. University Writing and Research (3)
ENGL2120. English Grammar and Usage (2)
ENGL3740W. Children's Literature (3) Satisfies the W English requirement and Literature elective requirement
ENGL3740. Children's Literature (3) Taking the course without the "W" will require an additional Writing elective.

Kinesiology
KINE1005. Fundamentals of Wellness (1)

Mathematics
MATH2010. Fundamental Mathematical Structures I (3)
MATH2020. Fundamental Mathematical Structures II (3)

Fine Arts
Art History/Music Literature elective (3)

Social Science
U.S. History (3)
Non-U.S. History (3)
Geography (3)
Science
Biology plus lab (4)
Physical Science plus lab (4)

In addition to Elementary Education Certification, graduates will be endorsed in a middle school or secondary content area. The State of Idaho requires 20 credits in a content area (Middle School areas include English, Social Studies, Math, or Science) as well as a passing score on the corresponding PRAXIS test. The program may count some general education courses toward endorsement certification. Candidates will need to take the following additional courses to complete the 20 credit requirement for the middle school content area of their choice. Grades for the middle school content courses must be a C or higher.

Middle School Concentration

Math (12 credits)
College Algebra
Trigonometry
Elementary Statistics
Geometry

English (9 credits)
Studies in American Literature (3)
Studies in British/English Literature (3)
Creative Writing, Poetry or Prose (3)
        Please choose from one of the following:
              Creative Writing
              Poetry (writing or literature)
              Prose (writing or literature)

History (11 credits)
U.S History (3)
Non U.S. History (3)
Political Science (3)
Remaining credits in History

Science - Biology (11 credits)
Environmental Science or Ecology (3)
Biology with labs (8)

Science - Chemistry (12 credits)
Organic Chemistry with lab (4)
Inorganic Chemistry with lab (4)
General Chemistry with lab (4)
 

Program Certification Requirements:
To receive an institutional recommendation for elementary certification with an endorsement to the Idaho State Department of Education, a candidate must meet the following standards:

1. Completion of all requirements for a baccalaureate degree.
2. Completion of requirements of the educator preparation 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.
3. Completion of all education and liberal arts core courses with a grade of B- (2.7) or better.
4. Middle school content courses with a grade of C or better
5. 3.0 or better cumulative GPA.
6. Sufficient score on the PRAXIS Elementary Education Multiple Subjects test (#5001).
7. Sufficient score on the PRAXIS in middle school content teaching area.
8. Receipt of a favorable vote of the Teacher Education Council for a 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 program director.

Checkpoint 1: End of First Semester - Admission to Educator Preparation Program

Application for admission to teacher education should be made during the first semester in the Adult and Professional Program in Elementary Education. Decision factors about admission to the program include oral interview, PRAXIS Elementary Education Multiple Subject test scores, cumulative GPA (3.0), minimum scores on English and mathematics acceptable standardized tests, grade of B- or better in all education/liberal arts core courses, grade of C or better in all middle school courses, writing samples, field experience reports, and disposition assessments. No person convicted of a felony will be admitted to the Educator Preparation Program.

Checkpoint 2: End of Second Semester

Upon completion of the second semester of coursework, candidates' files will be evaluated. Decision factors about proceeding in the Adult and Professional Program in Elementary Education include PRAXIS Elementary Education Multiple Subjects test scores, cumulative GPA (3.0), grade of B- or better in all education/liberal arts core courses, grade of C or better in all middle school courses, writing samples, field experience reports, and disposition assessments.

Checkpoint 3: End of Third Semester - Admission to Student Teaching

Upon completion of the third semester of coursework, candidates' files will be evaluated. Decision factors about admission to student teaching include PRAXIS Elementary Education Multiple Subjects test and PRAXIS Middle School content area test scores, cumulative GPA (3.0), grade of B- or better in all education/liberal arts core courses, grade of C or better in all middle school courses, writing samples, field experience reports, and disposition assessments.

Checkpoint 4: Program Completion and Recommendation for Certification

Upon completion of student teaching, candidates' performance will be evaluated. Decision factors about recommendation for certification include evaluations by cooperating teacher and NNU supervisors as assessed through Danielson's Framework for Teaching, receiving a grade of A or B in Student Teaching, and a favorable vote of the Teacher Education Council.