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Adult and Professional Programs in Education - Elementary Education with M.Ed

Objective: Candidates will pursue certification in Elementary Education, while earning credits toward an M.Ed in Curriculum, Instruction, and Innovation.

Administrator: LoriAnn SanchezDirector, Adult and Professional Program in Education

Requirements: 49 credits in professional education; 35 other required credits.   All courses below must be passed with a B- or higher.

Additional Endorsements:  Additional classes will be required for middle school or secondary endorsements.

Professional Education Courses:
EDUC7000. Orientation: APP-Education (0)
EDUC7120. Foundations of Teaching (3)
EDUC7160. Learning and the Brain (3)
EDUC7240. Classroom Management in K-8 Classrooms (3)
EDUC7250. Fundamentals of Reading (3)
EDUC7260. Content Literacy in Elementary Classrooms (3)
EDUC7300. Mathematics Lab for Elementary Teachers (2)
EDUC7331. Teaching English Language Learners (1)
EDUC7360. Methods of Teaching Social Studies and Language Arts in the Elementary Classroom (4)
EDUC7350. Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom (4)
EDUC7430. Teaching the Whole Child (1)
EDUC7460. Assessment and Intervention in Reading (3)
EDUC7541. Education of Exceptional Children (3)
EDUC7554.  Innovative Instruction (3)
EDUC7810. Elementary School Start Up (1)
EDUC7820. Student Teaching in Elementary Schools (11) or
       EDUC7686  Student Teaching in Middle/Junior High Schools (11)
EDUC7951. Seminar/Capstone (1)

All classes must be taken at graduate level from Northwest Nazarene University.

Liberal Arts Education Core, taken as undergraduate courses:

English
University Writing and Research (3) 
English Grammar and Usage (2)
ENGL3740W. Children's Literature (3) (taking class with a W will waive additional writing course); or
       ENGL3740  Children's Literature (3)  (taking the class without a W will require the student to take an additional writing course)

Social Science
9 elective credits including:
U.S. History
Non-U.S. History
Introduction to Geography 
 
Mathematics
Fundamental Mathematical Structures I (3)
Fundamental Mathematical Structures II (3)

Science
Biology plus lab (4)
Physics plus lab (4)

Fine Arts
Art history/Music literature elective (3)

Health
Fundamentals of Wellness (1)

Middle School Concentration
In addition to Elementary Education Certification, candidates 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 will count appropriate 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.  All courses below must be passed with a C or higher.

Math (12 credits)
College Algebra
Trigonometry
Elementary Statistics
Geometry

English (9 credits)
Studies in American Literature
Studies in British/English Literature
Creative Writing, Poetry or Prose

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 be recommended for elementary certification with a middle school endorsement to the Idaho State Department of Education, a candidate must meet the following standards:

1. Complete all requirements for a baccalaureate degree.
2. Complete 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. Complete all Education and Liberal Arts Core courses in the elementary major with a grade of B- or better.
4.  Complete all Middle School courses with a grade of C or better
4. Maintain a 3.00 or better cumulative GPA.
5. Pass the PRAXIS Elementary Education Multiple Subjects test#5001.
6. Pass the PRAXIS in middle school or secondary content teaching area.
7. Receive 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 the 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 Checkpoint One, PRAXIS Elementary Education Multiple Subjects passing test score, cumulative GPA (3.0), minimum scores on English and mathematics acceptable standardized test, grade of B- or better in all Education and Liberal Arts Core courses, grade of C or better in all Middle School Courses, writing samples, field experience reports, and disposition assessment.  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 and PRAXIS content area passing test scores, cumulative GPA (3.0), minimum scores on English and mathematics acceptable standardized test, grade of B- or better in all Education and Liberal Arts Core courses, grade of C or better in all Middle School Courses, field experience reports, and disposition assessment.

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 and PRAXIS content area passing test scores, cumulative GPA (3.0), minimum scores on English and mathematics acceptable standardized test, grade of B- or better in all Education and Liberal Arts Core courses, grade of C or better in all Middle School Courses, field experience reports, and disposition reports.

Checkpoint 4: Program Completion and Recommendation for Certification
Upon completion of student teaching, candidates' performance will be evaluated. Decision factors about a 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.  

Additional required courses are necessary to complete the M.Ed. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Innovation.