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Bachelor of Arts, 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: 55 credits in professional education; 34 credits in other required courses, most of which also meet general education requirements; and requirements for one middle school content area (Grades 5-9)

Professional Education Courses:
*EDUC1100. Introduction to Education (1)
PSYC2110. Educational Psychology (3)
EDUC2250. Cultural Diversity in Education (2)
EDUC2550. Innovative Instruction (3) 
*EDUC2960. Introduction to Instructional Design (1)
*EDUC3000. Mathematics Lab for Elementary Teachers (2)
EDUC3150. Education of Exceptional Children (3)
*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)
*EDUC3920. Foundations of Education (2)
*EDUC4430. Teaching the Whole Child (1)
*EDUC4440. Elementary Internship I (3)
*EDUC4450. Elementary Internship II (11)
*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)
*EDUC4950. Seminar/Capstone (1)

*Courses must be taken at Northwest Nazarene University.

Other Required Courses:

Literature
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)
ENGL3740. Children's Literature (3)

History
U.S. History (3)
Non-U.S. History (3)

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

Social Science
GEOG1050. Introduction to Geography (3)

Natural Science
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)

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

Note: For those interested in teaching elementary art, kinesiology, or music, see those sections under Secondary Education, as these programs lead to 5-9, 6-12, or K-12 certification.

 

English/Language Arts Middle School Concentration (5-9)

Requirements: 24 credits, including 4 credits in methods and 9 credits in liberal arts core

Liberal Arts:
*ENGL1030. University Writing and Research (3)
*ENGL3015. Topics in Writing and Literature or W Elective (3)
*ENGL3740. Children's Literature (3)

One course selected from:
ENGL2210. American Literature: Colonial Period to the Civil War (3)
ENGL2220. American Literature: Civil War to the Present (3)
ENGL3210. Major Authors in American Literature (3)
ENGL3250. The American Novel (3)

One course selected from:
ENGL2310. British Literature: Beowulf through the Age of Reason (3)
ENGL2320. British Literature: The Romantic Age to the Present (3)
ENGL3310. Major Authors in British Literature (3)
ENGL3320W. Shakespeare (3)
ENGL3350. The British Novel (3)

One course selected from:
ENGL2050. Beginning Creative Writing (3)
ENGL3020W. Principles of Writing (3)
ENGL3040W. Creative Writing - Prose (3)
ENGL3050. Creative Writing - Poetry (3)

Additional requirements:
*ENGL2120. English Grammar and Usage (2)
*EDUC4540. Methods of Teaching Social Studies and Language Arts (4)
*Courses required in elementary program; must earn a B- or better.

Basic Math Middle School Concentration (5-9)

Requirements: 24 credits, including 4 credits in methods and 3 credits in liberal arts core

Liberal Arts:
*MATH2010. Fundamental Mathematical Structures I (3)

Required:
MATH1300. College Algebra or higher (3)
MATH1400. Trigonometry or higher (3)
*MATH2020. Fundamental Mathematical Structures II (3)
*EDUC3000. Mathematics Lab for Elementary Teachers (2)
MATH2240. Elementary Statistics or higher (3)
MATH2310. Discrete Mathematics (3)
*EDUC4550 Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics (4)
*Courses required in elementary program; must earn a B- or better.

Science Middle School Concentration (5-9)

Requirements: 21 credits, including 4 credits in methods and 8 credits in liberal arts core

Liberal Arts:
*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)

Chemistry Electives (8 credits):
CHEM2210. General Chemistry I (3)
CHEM2210L. General Chemistry I Lab (1)
CHEM2220. General Chemistry II (3)
CHEM2220L. General Chemistry II Lab (1)
Or other course(s) with a CHEM prefix

Additional requirements:
PHYS1060. Descriptive Astronomy (3)
PHYS1060L. Descriptive Astronomy Lab (1)
*EDUC4550. Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics (4)

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

History Middle School Concentration (5-9)

Requirements: 22 credits, including 4 credits in methods and 12 credits in liberal arts core

Liberal Arts:
HIST1030. The World and the West I (3)
HIST2030. Conflict and Consensus: American History to 1877 (3)
*GEOG1050. Introduction to Geography (3)
POLS1010. American National Politics (3)

Required:
HIST1040. The World and the West II (3)
HIST2040. Conflict and Consensus: American History from 1877 (3)
*EDUC4540 Methods of Teaching Social Studies and Language Arts (4)

Recommended (one course selected from the following):
HIST3040. "Not the Dark Ages" (3)
HIST3390. Recent America (3)
HIST3480. Modern Europe (1800-Present) (3)
HIST3500. The Dragon and the Rising Sun (3)

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