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: January 10, 2022  
Spring session 2 starts:  March 16, 2022

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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. 

Brittany Bush

Better teaching, bigger impact

As a special education teacher, Brittany Busch wants her students to have the best. For her, that includes being the best. It’s why she’s earning her M.Ed. at Northwestern so she can expand her teaching toolbox with the most current knowledge in special education teaching and advocacy.

Brittany's story

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

Prepared for Leadership

Through his Master of Education program, Tyler became a leader in his district. In his roles as teacher and instructional coach, he’s using the skills and knowledge that he’s gained to help his entire district grow and improve.

Tyler'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