Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education

Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education

Objective: The Adult and Professional Program in Education offers two routes to Elementary Education Certification, in an accelerated format, for those 23 years of age and older.  A student who has already earned a  B.A. or B.S. degree can pursue certification in Elementary Education, in a graduate level program, while earning credits towards an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction. More information about this program can be found in the Graduate section of this catalog.  

A student who has at least 68 college credits, can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in an undergraduate setting and receive certification to teach.

Administrator: Director, Adult and Professional Programs

Requirements: 49 credits in professional education; 40 other required credits, most of which also meet general education requirements.

Professional Education Courses:

*EDUC1120. Foundations of Teaching (3)

EDUC3160. Learning and the Brain (3)

EDUC2250. Cultural Diversity in Education (2)

EDUC2750. Technology in the Classroom (3)

EDUC3000. Mathematics Lab for Elementary Teachers (2)

EDUC3150. Education of Exceptional Children (3)

EDUC3240. Classroom Management in Elementary Schools (3)

*EDUC3250. Fundamentals of Reading (3)

*EDUC3260. Content Literacy in Elementary Classrooms (3)

EDUC3310. Teaching English Language Learners (1)

*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)

*EDUC4900. Student Teaching in Elementary Schools - Adult and Professional Program in Elementary Education (10)

*EDUC4950. Seminar/Capstone (1)

*Courses must be taken at Northwest Nazarene University

General Education Courses:

One course selected from:

ARDE3330. Teaching Art in the Elementary School (3)

KINE3380. Teaching Physical Education in the Elementary Schools (2)

Other Required Courses:

English

ENGL1020. English Composition (3)

ENGL2020. Research Writing and Critical Thinking (3)

ENGL2120. English Grammar and Usage (2)

ENGL3740. Children's Literature (3)

Social Science

12 elective credits including:

U.S. History

Non-U.S. History

GEOG1050. Introduction to Geography (3)

Mathematics

MATH2010. Fundamental Mathematical Structures I (3)

MATH2020. Fundamental Mathematical Structures II (3)

Science

2 science electives in different areas including one lab (7)

Fine Arts

Art history/Music literature elective (3)

Health

KINE1000. Fundamentals of Wellness (1)

In addition to Elementary Education Certification, graduates will be endorsed in a Middle School Content Area.   The State of Idaho requires 20 credits in a content area (English, Social Studies, Math, or Science) as well as a passing score on the appropriate Middle School PRAXISII test. 

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 teacher education 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 courses and content courses in the elementary major with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

4. Maintain a 2.75 or better cumulative GPA.

5. Pass the PRAXIS II elementary content test (#0014).

6. Pass the PRAXIS II in middle school content teaching area.

7. Pass the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Assessment (ICLA).

8. Receive a favorable vote of the Teacher Education Council for 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 Department Chair.

Checkpoint 1: End of First Semester - Admission to Teacher Education

Application for admission to teacher education should be made during the first semester in the Adult and Professional Program in Elementary Education. Upon completion of the first semester of coursework, candidates will be interviewed and evaluated. Decision factors about admission to the program include oral interview, PRAXIS II content area test scores, cumulative GPA (2.75), minimum ACT scores of 21 on English and 21 on mathematics or minimum SAT scores of 520 on verbal and 550 on mathematics (or minimum COMPASS scores of 86 on English and 50 on mathematics), grade of C or better in all courses in the major, writing samples, field experience reports, and disposition reports.

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 II content area test scores, cumulative GPA (2.75), ACT/SAT/Compass scores, grade of C or better in all courses in the major, field experience reports, and disposition reports.

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 II content test scores, cumulative GPA (2.75), grade of C or better in all courses in the major, 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 recommendation for certification include PRAXIS II content and pedagogy test scores, evaluations by cooperating teacher and NNU supervisors as assessed through Framework for Teaching assessments, cumulative GPA (2.75), ACT/SAT/Compass scores, grade of C or better in all courses in the major, and disposition reports.