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Elementary Education (K-8)

Objective: To prepare candidates to teach in the elementary grades (K-8) and to meet certification requirements

Administrator: Chair, Undergraduate Education Department

ELEMENTARY PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Requirements: 16 credits in professional education; 42 credits in elementary education; 34 credits in liberal arts; and requirements for one middle level endorsement area (grades 5-9)

Professional Education Core (16 credits):
*EDUC1100. Introduction to Education (1)
 EDUC2110. Educational Psychology (3) (cross-listed as PSYC2110)
 EDUC2250. Cultural Diversity in Education (2)
*EDUC2550. Innovative Instruction (3) 
*EDUC2960. Introduction to Instructional Design (1)
 EDUC3150. Education of Exceptional Children (3)
*EDUC3920. Foundations of Education (2)
*EDUC4950. Seminar/Capstone (1)

Elementary Education Core (42 credits):
*EDUC3000. Mathematics Lab for Elementary Teachers (2)
*EDUC3240. Classroom Management in K-8 Classrooms (3)
*EDUC3250. Fundamentals of Reading (3)
*EDUC3260. Content Literacy in K-8 Classrooms (3)
 EDUC3310. Teaching English Language Learners (1)
*EDUC4430. Teaching the Whole Child (1)
*EDUC4440. Elementary Internship I (3)
*EDUC4450. Elementary Internship II (11)
*EDUC4590. Pedagogy of Writing in K-8 Schools (3)
*EDUC4460. Assessment and Intervention in Reading (3)
*EDUC4540. Methods of Teaching Social Studies and Language Arts in the Elementary Classroom (4)
*EDUC4550. Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics in the Elementary Classroom (4)
*EDUC4810. Elementary School Start-Up (1)

Liberal Arts Core (34 credits):
Literature (11)
   
  ENGL1030. University Writing and Research (3)
    *ENGL3015. Topics in Writing (3); or
    
    any ENGL course with a W designation (3)
      ENGL2120. English Grammar and Usage (2)
      ENGL3750. Children's and Young Adult Literature (3)
History (6)
     
U.S. History (3)
     Non-U.S. History (3)
Mathematics (6)
     
MATH2010. Fundamental Mathematical Structures I (3)
     MATH2020. Fundamental Mathematical Structures II (3)
Social Science (3)
     
GEOG1050. Introduction to Geography (3)
Natural Science (8)
     
BIOL1010. Introduction to Biology (3); and
     
BIOL1010L. Introduction to Biology Lab (1)
     PHYS1010. Introduction to Physical Science (3); and
     
PHYS1010L. Introduction to Physical Science Lab (1)

*Course must be taken at Northwest Nazarene University.
All Education and Liberal Arts Core courses require a grade of B- or higher.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education requires the addition of one teaching endorsement, grades 5-9.

Program Certification Requirements:
To be recommended for elementary certification 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 Educator Preparation as well as any additional requirements if required by changes in the standards of state regulatory agencies.
  3. Complete all required courses in the elementary program with a grade of B- (2.7) or better. This grade requirement supersedes all other grade requirements for courses in more than one category.
  4. Complete all required middle school concentration courses with a grade of C (2.0) or better.
  5. Maintain a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA.
  6. Pass the Praxis Elementary Multiple Subjects test (#5001).
  7. Pass the appropriate Praxis middle school content area test.
  8. Receive a favorable vote of the Educator Preparation Council for recommendation for certification.

Completing an Idaho-approved Educator Preparation 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.

Elementary education candidates must complete the requirements for a middle-level endorsement leading to a subject-area endorsement in the 5-9 grade band. It is recommended that candidates choose one of the following content areas: English, history, math, science, or social studies. With approval of their advisor(s) and the undergraduate education chair, candidates may also choose to complete their middle-level endorsement in any second teaching field offered by the University indicated with a 5-9 grade band.

Note: For those interested in teaching elementary art, physical education, or music, see those sections under Secondary Education, as these programs lead to 6-12 or K-12 certification.
 

Middle-Level Endorsement Areas 

Endorsement courses require a grade of C or higher, excluding teaching methods and the Liberal Arts Core courses listed in the endorsement requirements. Teaching methods and Liberal Arts Core courses require a grade of B- or higher.

English Endorsement (5-9)

Requirements: 23 credits, including 3 credits in methods and 8 credits in Liberal Arts Core

Liberal Arts (8 credits):
*ENGL2120. English Grammar and Usage (2)
*ENGL3015. Topics in Writing and Literature (3) or
     any ENGL course with a W designation (3)
*ENGL3750. Children's and Young Adult Literature (3)

One course selected from (3 credits):
ENGL2210. American Literature: Colonial Period to the Civil War (3)
ENGL2220. American Literature: Civil War to the Present (3)
ENGL3250. The American Novel (3)

One course selected from (3 credits): 
ENGL2310. British Literature: Beowulf through the Age of Reason (3)
ENGL2320. British Literature: The Romantic Age to the Present (3)
ENGL3320W. Shakespeare (3)

One course selected from (3 credits):
ENGL2420. World Literature: The Ancient World to the Renaissance (3)
ENGL2430. World Literature: The Enlightenment to the Modern Era (3)
ENGL3410. Greek and Roman Classics (3)
ENGL4270. Minority Voices in American Literature (3)

Additional requirements (6 credits): 
ENGL3010. Teaching English in Secondary Schools (3)
ENGL3910. Literary Theory and Criticism (3)

*Courses required in elementary program; must earn a B- or better.

History Endorsement (5-9)

Requirements: 20 credits, including 2 credits in methods and 6 credits in Liberal Arts Core

Liberal Arts (6 credits):
HIST1030. The World and the West I (3)
HIST2030. Conflict and Consensus: American History to 1877 (3)

Two courses selected from the following (6 credits):
POLS1010. American National Politics (3)
HIST3040. "Not the Dark Ages" (3)
HIST3330. U.S. Foreign Policy (3)
HIST3390. Recent America (3)
HIST3480. Modern Europe (1800-Present) (3)
HIST3500. The Dragon and the Rising Sun (3)

Additional requirements (8 credits):
HIST1040. The World and the West II (3)
HIST2040. Conflict and Consensus: American History from 1877 (3)
HIST3580. Teaching Social Studies in the Secondary School (2)

Mathematics Basic Endorsement (5-9)

Requirements: 20 credits, including 2 credits in methods and 6 credits in Liberal Arts Core

Liberal Arts (6 credits):
*MATH2010. Fundamental Mathematical Structures I (3)
*MATH2020. Fundamental Mathematical Structures II (3)

One course selected from the following (3 credits): 
MATH2310. Discrete Mathematics (3)
COMP1220. Introduction to Computer Science (3)
COMP2040. Introduction to Web Development (3)

Additional Requirements (11 credits):
MATH1300. College Algebra or higher (3)
MATH1400. Trigonometry or higher (3)
MATH2240. Elementary Statistics or higher (3)
MATH3570. Teaching Mathematics in the Secondary School (2)

*Courses required in elementary program; must earn a B- or better.

Science Middle-Level Endorsement (5-9)

Requirements: 26 credits, including 4 credits in methods and 8 credits in liberal arts core

Liberal Arts (8 credits; courses repeated in discipline categories below):
*BIOL1010. Introduction to Biology (3); and
*BIOL1010L. Introduction to Biology Lab (1)
*PHYS1010. Introduction to Physical Science (3); and
*PHYS1010L. Introduction to Physical Science Lab (1)

Biology Requirements (8 credits):
*BIOL1010. Introduction to Biology (3); and
*BIOL1010L. Introduction to Biology Lab (1)
 BIOL1060 Human Biology (3) and
 BIOL1060L Human Biology Lab (1)

Earth Science Requirements (8 credits; two courses and labs selected from the following):
BIOL1030 Earth Science (3); and
BIOL1030L Earth Science Lab (1)
BIOL1040 Environmental Science (3); and
BIOL1040L Environmental Science (1)
PHYS1060 Descriptive Astronomy (3); and
PHYS1060L Descriptive Astronomy Lab

Physical Science Requirements (8 credits):
*PHYS1010 Introduction to Physical Science (3); and
*PHYS1010L Introduction to Physical Science Lab (1)
CHEM1200 Principles of General Chemistry (3); and
CHEM1200L Principles of General Chemistry Lab (1)

Additional requirements (2 credits):
BIOL3640 Teaching Science in the Secondary School (2)

*Courses required in elementary program; must earn a B- or better.

Social Studies Middle-Level Endorsement (5-9)

Requirements: 20 credits, including 2 credits in methods and 9 credits in Liberal Arts Core

Liberal Arts (9 credits):
*GEOG1050. Introduction to Geography (3)
 One U.S. History course selected from the following (3):
     HIST1070. American History Survey (3)

     HIST2030. Conflict and Consensus: American History to 1877 (3)
     HIST2040. Conflict and Consensus: American History from 1877 (3)
 One World History course selected from the following (3):

     HIST1030. The World and the West I (3)
     
HIST1040. The World and the West II (3)

Two courses selected from the following (6 credits):
ECON1010. Personal Finance (3)
ECON1050. Analysis of Economic Issues (3)
POLS1010. American National Politics (3)
POLS1030. The Foundations of Politics: The Quest for Peace and Justice (3)
POLS3330. U.S. Foreign Policy (3)

One course selected from the following (3 credits): 
GEOG2100. Human Geography (3)
GEOG3100. Globalization (3)

Additional Requirement (2 credits): 
HIST3580. Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools (2)

*Course required in elementary program; must earn a B- or better.