The Early Childhood Education Department curriculum at NGU prepares students to become effective practitioners, caring leaders, and lifelong learners. The best classroom practices available today are utilized to help students become engaging, effective teachers. Field placements are provided during all four years of study, so students have many opportunities to learn and grow in a variety of public school settings.
Public school observations - A variety of opportunities are provided for students to engage in experiences in public school settings. Beginning in the freshman year, observations of teachers and students are required. Case studies and specialized school visits enrich the learning for each student in the program.
Lesson planning - Time is spent learning to write and develop lesson plans in a lab setting, and group projects in each class help students prepare for cooperative learning experiences.
Community service - Each student completes a 10-hour service project in the community that aligns to helping students who are at risk.
Mock interviews - In their senior year, students in the early childhood education program learn interview skills and practice the interview process with actual public school principals.
The faculty members in the Early Childhood Education Department all have extensive experience in public and private school settings as teachers, reading specialists, instructional coaches, or even administrators. Our professors are highly qualified to teach in the university setting.
These faculty members place emphasis on continual learning, professional growth and development, and use of current pedagogical practices in the field
- Demonstrate the principles of our programís philosophy, which is to be an effective practitioner, a caring leader, and a life-long learner.
- Demonstrate mastery of teaching through a variety of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies, most of which are hands-on experiences that prepare you to work with students of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
- Improve your practice through self-reflection and personal evaluation.
- Teach in a K4 to third-grade public school setting upon completion of degree requirements and state-mandated testing.
The Elementary Education Department purposes to enable teacher candidates to integrate academic disciplines, Christian lifestyle, and enriched cultural experiences through coursework that helps to develop teachers who possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that foster learning for students. As you continue through the program, you will learn research-based and hands-on methods of teaching language arts, including childrenís literature, as well as mathematics, social studies, and science in an integrated approach. Additionally, you will learn to integrate the arts into the content areas and to differentiate curriculum for exceptional learners.
Field placements - Starting with the freshman course Introduction to Education, you will be placed in an actual elementary classroom for observation and hands-on experience with elementary students. Then in your junior year, after being admitted to the teacher education program, you will write lesson plans and teach elementary students in the field placement in all subject areas.
Student teaching - The culminating experience in your elementary education major is one full semester of student teaching in a local elementary school. You will work with a supervising teacher to have lots of hands-on practice to prepare you for your own classroom when you graduate!
Post-student teaching exhibits - All of the student teachers for elementary, early childhood, and secondary education create informative displays about their student teaching experiences. All other education majors and faculty are invited to this exciting group exhibition to see and converse with you about your student teaching experience.
Each Elementary Education Department faculty member holds at least a master's degree in education. These faculty members also have many years of public school teaching experience. Each faculty member desires to help students draw closer to Christ, and every class begins with a devotion. Faculty members often pray with students and form caring relationships with them, as well.
Facilitate student learning as an effective practitioner.
Demonstrate the capacity to be a caring leader.
Develop personal knowledge, skills, and dispositions as a lifelong learner.
Display a deep understanding of subjects, methods of teaching, and elementary students
Students in any of the five secondary education majors at NGU will receive a comprehensive program of study that is based on current best practices of educational theory. The program is divided into five specific subjects: English language arts, mathematics, music, social studies, and Spanish. Each subject area is aligned to provide courses that lead to teacher certification in your chosen area.
Field placement - Field placement experiences offer students opportunities to observe and participate in practical, real-world settings. Students teach lessons in the public schools during their field placements. These lessons are critiqued by mentors who are experts in their field of study.
Coursework - In-class activities develop students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills. An emphasis is placed on transferring theory into practice.
Lesson planning - Students learn to create lesson plans for their field placements in the public schools.
Student teaching - During the final semester before graduation, you will be in a public school every day. During student teaching, our students observe their cooperating teacher; create lessons; complete demographic studies about the school, students, and the community and the ways these entities interact; and teach classes. You will be evaluated on your teaching and receive feedback on your teaching experiences.
Faculty members within the Secondary Education Department are experienced professionals who have taught in both the public school setting and at the university level. Members bring a diverse and personal approach to their teaching.
- Teach in a public school setting as an effective practitioner, caring leader, and lifelong learner.
- Develop a pedagogical mindset and skill set related to teaching public school courses.
- Use self-reflection and personal evaluation regarding your own teaching experiences so you can continue to grow and improve as an educator.
- English Language Arts Secondary Education
- Mathematics Secondary Education
- Music Education
- Social Studies Secondary Education
- Spanish Education