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Endorsements

Northwest Nazarene University offers the following Secondary Content Endorsements in which candidates receive an institutional recommendation to the State Department of Education Teacher Certification, upon successful completion of the Degree Completion Program in Secondary Education.  

The State Department of Education requires that an area of endorsement include a minimum of 45 credits, taken in prescribed courses.  Instead of a single teaching area, candidates may choose two teaching fields. For a first teaching field, 30 credits are required.  For a second teaching field, 20 credits are required.
 
The list below provides a guideline of the required courses for each content endorsement.  The courses can be taken at any accredited institution.  Additional courses in the endorsement may be required to reach the necessary number of credits.   All candidates will be required to take one methods class for each endorsement. All courses below must be passed with a C or higher.

American Government/Political Science   (6-12)

     Political Science
     United States History (6)
     World History (6)
     Comparative Government (3)
     HIST3580. Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools (2)
     Additional credits to be taken in Political Science

Art (K-12) (6-12)  

     2D Design (3)
     Drawing (3)
     3D Design or Ceramics (3)
     12 credits in the following:
          Figure Studies
          Painting
          Photography
          Printmaking 
          Art History (6)

    ARDE3330. Teaching Art in the K-8 School (3) required for K-12 endorsement

    ARDE3530. Teaching Art in the Secondary Schools (3)
    Additional credits to be taken in Art classes 2999 or above.  

Biology  (6-12)  

     Biology - including coursework in the following areas, must include labs
Molecular and Organismal
Heredity
Ecology
Biological Adaption
     BIOL3460. Teaching Science in the Secondary Schools (2) 
    Additional credits to be taken in Biology with labs 

Chemistry (6-12)  

    Chemistry -  including coursework in the following areas, must include labs
Inorganic
Organic
    BIOL3460. Teaching Science in the Secondary Schools (2)
    Additional credits to be taken in Chemistry with labs 

Communication  (6-12)  

        Introduction to Communication (3)
        Small Group Communication (3)
        Human Relations (3)
        Media Systems and Literacy (3)
        Interpersonal Communication (3)
        Journalism (3)
        Mass Communication (3)
        Advanced Public Speaking (3)
        Non-Verbal Communication (3)
        Persuasion (3)
        Argumentation and Debate (3)
        COMM3650. Teaching Communication Studies in Secondary Schools (2)
        Additional credits to be taken in Communication        

Computer Science (6-12)

    Intro to Computer Science (3)
    Computer Programming in C++ (3); and Laboratory (1)
    Data Structures (3)
    Database Design and Programming (3); and Laboratory (1)
    Systems Analysis and Design (3)
    Choose one course from:
        Introduction to Web Development (3)
        Event-Driven Programming (3); and Laboratory (1)
    COMP3130. Teaching Computer Science in Secondary Schools (3)
    Additional credits to be taken in Computer Science

English  (6-12)  

     Grammar/Linguistics
     American Literature 
     British Literature
     Multi-Cultural / World Literature 
     Literary Theory
     Advanced Composition
     ENGL3010. Teaching English in Secondary Schools (3)
     Additional credits to be taken in English

Health  (6-12)  

  Health Issues in Today's Society (3)
  Nutrition Across the Lifespan (2)
  Field Experience in Kinesiology (1)
  Biomechanics/Exercise Physiology (3)
  Administration and Supervision of HPER (3)
  Human Anatomy and Physiology plus lab (4) 
  Current First Aid/CPR certification (American Red Cross preferred)
  KINE3350. Teaching School Health (2)
  Additional credits to be taken in Health

History  (6-12)  

   World History (6)
   United States History (9, including one recent history)
   American National Politics (3)
   HIST3580. Teaching Social Studies in the Secondary Schools (2)
   Additional credits to be taken in History

Physical Education (K-12) (6-12)     

    Human Anatomy and Physiology including lab (8)
    Introduction to Recreation and Kinesiology (3)
    Introduction to Athletic Training and Physical Therapy with Laboratory (3)
    Health Issues in Today's Society (3)
    Kinesiology Activity courses (6 required)
    Nutrition Across the Lifespan (2)
    Kinesiology Field Experience (1)
    Psychology and Techniques of Coaching (3)
    Motor Development and Motor Learning (2)
    Corrective and Adaptive Physical Education (2)
    Biomechanics/Exercise Physiology (3)
    Tests and Measurements in Physical Education (3)
    Administration and Supervision of HPER (3)
    Current First Aid/CPR certification (American Red Cross preferred)
    Completion of Lifeguard or Water Safety Instruction (WSI) certification
    KINE3350. Teaching School Health (2)
    KINE3360. Teaching Physical Education in the Secondary Schools (2)
    KINE3380. Teaching Physical Education in the K-8 Schools (2) - required for K-12
    Additional credits to be taken in Physical Education

Mathematics  (5-9) (6-12)  

     Introduction to Computer Science (3)
     Elementary Statistics (3)
     Discrete Mathematics (3)
     Calculus (8)
     History of Mathematics (1)
     Modeling and Operations Research (3)
     Introduction to Abstract Mathematics (3)
     Linear Algebra (3)
     Modern Geometry (3)
     Modern Algebra (4)
     Introduction to Real Analysis (4)
     Seven mathematics elective credits (7) 
     College Physics including lab (4)
     MATH3570. Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary Schools (2)
     Additional credits to be taken in Math

Music (K-12) (5-9) (6-12)    

     Fundamentals of Music (2)
     Beginning Music Theory I including lab (4)
     Beginning Music Theory II including lab (4)
     Digital Music and Technology (3) 
     Intermediate Music Theory I including lab (4)
     Intermediate Music Theory II including lab (4)
     Improvisation (3)
     Brass Methods (1)
     Percussion Methods (1)
     Strings Methods (1)
     Woodwinds Methods (1)
     Orchestration (3)
     Music History: Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque (3)
     Music History: Classic, Romantic and Modern (3)
     MUSC3450. Teaching Music in Elementary Schools I (2)
     MUSC3460. Teaching Music in Elementary Schools II (2) 
     MUSC3470. Teaching Music in Secondary Schools I (2)
     MUSC3480. Teaching Music in Secondary Schools II (2) 
     Choral Conducting, Methods, and Materials (3)
     Instrumental Conducting, Methods, and Materials (3)
     Forms and Analysis (3)
     Eight credits in applied lessons (8) 
     
Additional credits to be taken in Music
     An acceptable level of music keyboard proficiency shall be determined by examination before enrolling for student teaching.  Students may acquire needed skills by taking available piano courses.

Physics   (6-12)  

     Calculus (8)
     Vector Calculus (3)
     Differential Equations (3)
     Physics for Science & Engineering I (4)
     Physics for Science & Engineering II (4)
     Instrumentation in Experimental Physics I (1)
     Instrumentation in Experimental Physics II (1)
     Modern Physics including lab (4)
     BIOL3460. Teaching Science in the Secondary Schools (2)
     Two courses selected from: 
          Analytic Mechanics (3)
          Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (3)
          Electricity and Magnetism (3) 
          Solid State Physics (3)
          Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics (3)
      Additional credits to be taken in Physics

Psychology  

     Intro to Psychology (3)
     Lifespan Development (3)
     Abnormal Psychology (3)
     Social Psychology (3)
     Teaching Psychology in Secondary Schools (2)
     At least 2 courses and 1 lab from the following:
          Biological Foundations of Behavior including lab (4) 
          Psychology of Learning including lab (4)
          Motivation and Leadership (3)
          Personality Theory (3)
    Additional credits to be taken in Psychology

Spanish  (6-12)  

     Intermediate Spanish (8)
     Advanced Conversation and Composition (3)
     Coursework in Hispanoamerican civilization, literature, and linguistics, minimum one from each area:
          Civilization :
          Topics in Hispanic Culture (3) 
          Hispanic Civilization (3) 
          Literature:
          Topics in Hispanic Literature (3) 
          Survey of Hispanic Literature (3) 
          Linguistics:
          Topics in Hispanic Linguistics (3) 
          Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (3)
          SPAN3630. Teaching Foreign Language in the Secondary Schools (2)
          Additional credits to be taken in Spanish     
          Score an intermediate high (as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages or equivalent) on an oral proficiency assessment conducted by an objective second party