Education endorsements

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Earn your education endorsements completely online through Northwestern College. Our 100% online endorsement offerings add valuable knowledge and credentials for educators at any grade level—K-8 (elementary) and 5-12 (secondary)—and prepare you for new opportunities in education.

Choose an endorsement below to explore specific requirements. Most can be completed in about a year.
The graduate-level endorsements are also designed for a seamless transfer into a master's degree. 

Classes start every 8-weeks. Full semesters begin in January, May or August.

NEXT START DATE: August 26, 2024
Fall session 2 starts: October 23, 2024

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Choose your endorsement program:

Early childhood integrated endorsement

Birth Through Grade Three Inclusive Setting

The endorsement enhances your teaching license to teach in early childhood integrated settings. Northwestern is the only college in Iowa that offers an online path to your Birth Through Grade Three Inclusive Settings Endorsement that meets requirements for the state of Iowa.

Instructional Strategist one endorsement

Instructional Strategist I

Mild/Moderate (K-8) or (5-12) Endorsement
The special education endorsement, Instructional Strategist I prepares you to recognize and understand disabilities in students of various ages as well as the psychological factors that affect these students in grades K-8 or 5-12.

Instructional Strategist two endorsement

Instructional Strategist II

Behavior Disorders/Learning Disabilities (K-12) Endorsement
Intellectual Disabilities (K-12) Endorsement
The special education endorsement, Instructional Strategist II prepares you to address the basic foundations of special needs and topics such as transition methods for students, communication between parents and teachers, and assessment.

Principal Endorsement program


The Principal and Supervisor of Special Education Endorsement program can be completed seperately or in conjunction with a M.Ed. in Administration to prepare you for a principal or supervisor of special education position. The program is fully accredited and leads to principal certification in the state of Iowa.

Computer Science endorsement

Computer Science

The computer Science Endorsement equips you to teach grades K-8 and/or 5-12 computer skills. By completing this graduate-level endorsement, licensed teachers are authorized to teach selected computer science and computer programming courses. 

Online Coaching Endorsement Northwestern College


The coaching endorsement program leads to a Coaching Endorsement for educators to add to their teaching license and meets requirements for the state of Iowa. For those who wish to coach but do not have a teaching license, choose the Coaching Authorization program. 

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Passion for Education

Rebecca is a K-12 literacy coach who loves the challenge of instructional coaching and learning new literacy strategies that support her students and other teachers. Through her M.Ed. program, she has gained not only educational resources, but a deepened passion for education.

Rebecca's story

With an online M.Ed. + endorsement program, Brandie was able to earn the credential she needed along with a master’s degree. What she didn’t realize was just how impactful the program would be on her teaching and life.

Brandie's story

Levi Letsche, M.Ed. Educational Administration Northwestern College, Teacher of the Year Finalist

Top Teacher

As one of five finalists for Iowa's 2023 Teacher of the Year, Levi has been recognized for his teaching excellence. As an instructional coach, he is striving to help others learn how to live a life of excellence—and succeeding. His M.Ed. in Educational Administration has equipped him to use his influence in new leadership roles.

Levi's story