Student Teaching Opportunities
Top quality student teaching placements are within minutes of our Naperville campus. Some of the best high school, middle school and elementary school music programs in the state, and even the country, are nearby in DuPage, Will and Kane Counties and serve as sites for our music education majors’ clinical experiences.
Want to work with the director of a successful competitive marching band or with an award-winning innovative general music teacher? Or, how about conducting a choir that's hosting an internationally known composer-in-residence?
You'll have opportunities like these when we place you in our area schools for your early clinical or senior student teaching experience.
These are real hands-on teaching experiences, not just “observations” where you mindlessly log hours and take notes. During your junior year, you'll teach at the elementary, middle and high school levels while you take classes to help you develop your teaching skills.
During your senior year, you'll teach full time for one term at both the elementary/middle school and high school levels. In every clinical, you'll be visited and mentored by a North Central supervisor who will provide input and evaluate and celebrate your progress.
By the time you complete your four years, you'll be well prepared to enter the profession because you will have worked with a wide variety of teachers and programs, and you will have had many opportunities to teach from the podium and in the classroom. You will be ready!
Job Placements and Graduate School
Is there musical life after North Central? Absolutely! And, we will help you get there.
While you're here, you will develop a network of professionals — from exemplary teachers to working artists — who will help you as you approach graduation and look for a job or apply to graduate school. Our Career Development Center also provides services to you during your senior year, helping you write a top-notch resume and cover letter and learn about job fairs and job openings.
In the past 10 years, we have close to a 100 percent placement rate for our music education graduates. Some are teaching in Colorado or Wisconsin, some in inner-city Chicago, others in the Chicago suburbs. Our grads are working with Second City in Las Vegas, directing community-based music schools as part of church organizations, and working on advanced degrees at Northern Illinois University, Illinois State University, Northeastern University and North Texas State University. Our music grads are also actively performing in Chicago and New York, in everything from musical theatre to cabaret.
NAfME (formerly MENC) chapter
Our collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education (formerly the Music Educators National Conference (MENC)), the largest organization of professional music educators in the world, is open to all North Central students interested in teaching music. Our chapter has received recognition four times from the national MENC office for “Outstanding Chapter Growth” and was elected to serve as the Host Chapter for the State of Illinois from 2001-2003.
As a member of MENC, you'll receive three different professional journals each month featuring articles and resources of interest to music educators. In addition, our MENC chapter hosts guest performing ensembles, speakers and other events throughout the year and travels to the annual Illinois All-State Conference for performances, sessions and exhibits.
Megan Peterson; music education
"I chose North Central because I wanted a small school with the opportunities of a large school. I didn't want to focus on only one aspect of music and North Central gave me opportunities to study piano, voice, and education while on a four-year track. Each ensemble and class has focused on the aesthetic and beautiful qualities of music. My talents have been nurtured and guided through the faculty and I will leave feeling confident and proud of my abilities."