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Endorsement 100

The program outlined below meets requirements for the state of Iowa's Endorsement 100 (also called endorsement 100 - preK through grade three including special education). Students who are teaching elsewhere should check with their state's department of education to determine if NWC's Endorsement 100 is comparable to and can be substituted for an endorsement in their state. The endorsement enhances your teaching license but does not lead to licensure for un-licensed educators; it is for teachers who have a degree in elementary education. 

Integrated educational settings

The Endorsement 100 authorizes you to teach in integrated settings for children from birth to age 8. It varies from the early childhood special education endorsement, which authorizes the holder to teach in contained special education settings from birth to age 8.

Courses

EDU 505 - Collaboration and Advocacy in the Early Childhood Community (3 credits)
(3 credits) Examine characteristics of the diverse cultures and structures prevalent in American families, and how those factors influence children's growth and development. This course emphasizes strategies to improve collaboration with families, schools and community partners to improve students' success outcomes. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
(3 credits) Examine characteristics of the diverse cultures and structures prevalent in American families, and how those factors influence children's growth and development. This course emphasizes strategies to improve collaboration with families, schools and community partners to improve students' success outcomes. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
EDU 525 - Advanced Child Development (3 credits)
(3 credits) Intensive study of typical and atypical development of children from birth through age eight. This course will immerse you in research that will improve your ability to facilitate the cognitive, emotional, physical and social development of young children with diverse abilities and needs. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
(3 credits) Intensive study of typical and atypical development of children from birth through age eight. This course will immerse you in research that will improve your ability to facilitate the cognitive, emotional, physical and social development of young children with diverse abilities and needs. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
EDU 530 - Leadership of Early Childhood Programs (3 credits)
(3 credits) Thorough examination of roles, responsibilities and characteristics of effective leaders of early childhood programs with a focus on personal growth in leadership and communication. Emphasis on identifying areas of strength and need in programs and staffing to create opportunities for improvement. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
(3 credits) Thorough examination of roles, responsibilities and characteristics of effective leaders of early childhood programs with a focus on personal growth in leadership and communication. Emphasis on identifying areas of strength and need in programs and staffing to create opportunities for improvement. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
EDU 535 - Strategies for Early Literacy Development (3 credits)
(3 credits) Examine widely accepted theories of language, reading and writing development in young children. Use research and assessment data to identify curricula and instructional strategies most suited to the diverse needs of young children. Examine research and develop strategies to leverage play in providing successful literacy instructional experiences. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
(3 credits) Examine widely accepted theories of language, reading and writing development in young children. Use research and assessment data to identify curricula and instructional strategies most suited to the diverse needs of young children. Examine research and develop strategies to leverage play in providing successful literacy instructional experiences. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
EDU 540 - Teaching Young Children with Diverse Needs (3 credits)
(3 credits) Students will learn to design curriculum, instruction and assessment specific to the needs of diverse children ages 0 through 8. Create safe and nurturing classroom environments that are developmentally appropriate and respect diversity. Collaborate with stakeholders to meet the needs of young children. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
(3 credits) Students will learn to design curriculum, instruction and assessment specific to the needs of diverse children ages 0 through 8. Create safe and nurturing classroom environments that are developmentally appropriate and respect diversity. Collaborate with stakeholders to meet the needs of young children. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
EDU 546 - Behavioral and Social Interaction of Early Learners (3 credits)
Students will understand applied behavior analysis and the importance it plays in early childhood education for both typically developing children and those with special needs. The student will acquire tools that they need to positively impact the lives of young children especially focusing on implementing effective techniques for changing behavior, strategies for every day challenges both in the classroom and at home and collaborate with parents and caretakers. (3 credits)
Students will understand applied behavior analysis and the importance it plays in early childhood education for both typically developing children and those with special needs. The student will acquire tools that they need to positively impact the lives of young children especially focusing on implementing effective techniques for changing behavior, strategies for every day challenges both in the classroom and at home and collaborate with parents and caretakers. (3 credits)
EDU 580 - Student Teaching (4 credits)
(4-8 credits) ECIS candidates will complete a supervised student teaching experience in an integrated setting. This practicum endorses the student teacher to become a teacher in an integrated setting for children from birth to third grade by preparing the student to schedule, evaluate, collaborate, write IEPs and IFSPs, and to develop strategies to address special needs of children. This is a four-week experience. Note: Graded on a pass/no pass basis. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.
(4-8 credits) ECIS candidates will complete a supervised student teaching experience in an integrated setting. This practicum endorses the student teacher to become a teacher in an integrated setting for children from birth to third grade by preparing the student to schedule, evaluate, collaborate, write IEPs and IFSPs, and to develop strategies to address special needs of children. This is a four-week experience. Note: Graded on a pass/no pass basis. Prerequisite: completed bachelor's degree in education.

Total Credits: 22 credit hours (includes 4 credits of student teaching)

Student teaching

The Endorsement 100 requires student-teaching hours, logged in the classroom with a supervising teacher. Students in Iowa will either be assigned a supervising teacher or can make their own arrangements to be approved by Northwestern's education department. Students outside Iowa will need to make their own student-teaching arrangements to be approved by Northwestern's education department.

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