Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education

Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education

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

Administrator: Chair, Department of Education

ELEMENTARY PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Requirements: 56-57 credits in professional education; 40 other required credits, most of which also meet general education requirements.

Professional Education Courses:

*EDUC1100. Introduction to Teaching (1)

EDUC2110. Educational Psychology (3)

EDUC2250. Cultural Diversity in Education (2) 

EDUC2750. Technology in the Classroom (3) 

*EDUC2960. Field Experience (1)

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)

*EDUC3920. Foundations of Education (2) 

*EDUC4440. Elementary Internship I (2)

*EDUC4450. Elementary Internship II (12)

*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)

One course selected from: 

        ARDE3330. Teaching Art in the Elementary School (3)

  EDUC3330. Teaching Art in the Elementary School (3)

        EDUC3380. Teaching Physical Education in the Elementary School (2)

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

*Courses must be taken at Northwest Nazarene University.

Other Required Courses:

English

ENGL1030. University Writing and Research (3)

ENGL3015. Topics in Writing and Literature (3)

Or: any ENGL course with a W designation (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

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)

Fine Arts

Art history/Music literature elective (3)

Health

KINE1000. Fundamentals of Wellness (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 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 test in 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.

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

English/Language Arts Middle School Content Area

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 (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:

ENGL3020. Principles of Writing (3)
ENGL3040. 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 education program

Math Middle School Content Area

Requirements: 21 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 education program

To pursue this area of emphasis, students must have an ACT math score of 23 or higher or an SAT score of 650 or higher.

 

Science Middle School Content Area

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)

One course selected from:

CHEM1060. Chemistry for Citizens (3)
CHEM1040. Forensic Science
PHYS1110. College Physics (3) (lab recommended)
BIOL3240. Plant and Animal Ecology (3)

Additional requirements:

PHYS1060. Astronomy (3)
BIOL1040. Environmental Science (3)
*EDUC4550. Methods of Teaching Science and Mathematics (4)

*required course in education program

Social Studies Middle School Content Area

Requirements: 24 credits; including 4 credits 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)
HIST3480. Modern Europe (1800-Present) (3)
HIST3500. The Dragon and the Rising Sun (3)

*required course in education program