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Heidi Nelson

Heidi knew she picked the right career path after her study abroad trip to Costa Rica.

“I learned a lot about myself and my passion for Spanish and education,” says Heidi, who spent part of the term teaching Spanish to a group of 10 orphaned kindergartners. “I was expected to teach with limited resources in my non-native language. I found I absolutely loved every single minute of it! I know what I want to do with the rest of my life—combine the two things I love: Spanish and education.”

Heidi plans to study abroad in Peru next. The knowledge gained on these types of trips, she says, is irreplaceable.

“By studying in Latin American countries, I’m more prepared to be an English language learning and bilingual educator,” she says. “I’m able to relate to students because I have knowledge of their culture, and I’ve learned a new language and survived in a country where they spoke my second language.”

After she graduates, Heidi wants to teach at a high-need school.

“North Central is helping make this dream a reality with its supportive faculty, study abroad experiences and great educational foundation.”

New partnerships expand North Central College tradition of teacher-preparation excellence

North Central College builds upon its tradition of excellence in preparing educators by forging new partnerships with two additional school districts.

North Central College is building upon its tradition of excellence in preparing future teachers and principals by forging new partnerships with two additional school districts.

Since its founding in 1861, North Central College has been a leader in preparing generations of future educators who are able to impact student learning. With continuing national attention on the quality of educator-preparation programs, North Central College remains at the forefront of excellence in teacher training by expanding its emphasis on teacher assessment and accountability.

North Central College introduces intensive English language program to boost international enrollment

North Central College will launch full-time intensive English language program for international students this September.

North Central College will begin offering a full-time, intensive English language program through its new English Language Institute (ELI) in September. ELI is designed to prepare international students for admission to North Central or to another U.S. college or university by developing academic, professional and social English language skills.

North Central College education students, alumni invited to Feb. 1 Snow Bowl benefit

2012 Snow Bowl
Community members are invited to join North Central College education students and alumni for the Snow Bowl, an evening of bowling, networking.

Community members are invited to join North Central College education students and alumni for an evening of bowling and networking to support a valuable resource for future educators.

North Central College forges innovative partnerships with local school districts

North Central College’s partnerships with local schools are creating more collaborative opportunities for future educators.

North Central College’s innovative partnerships with local public schools are creating more opportunities for future educators and collaborative solutions to education challenges.

Students may apply by Feb. 20 for Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research

Students may apply by Feb. 20 to present their original research at the College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research May 14.

North Central College students may apply by Feb. 20 to present their original research at the College’s 16th annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research, which will take place during Honors Day on Tuesday, May 14.

Information about the symposium and how to submit proposals may be found on the College’s website. A list of frequently asked questions also is available.

Verandah courses

Verandah experiences are intellectually and personally stimulating for students and faculty.

Survey finds North Central College graduates among highest income-earners

Graduates of North Central College earn more income over their lifetimes than peers who graduate from most comparable schools, a new survey finds.

Graduates of North Central College earn more income over their lifetimes than peers who graduate from most comparable schools, a new survey finds.

North Central College ranks among the top 15 percent of private, nonprofit schools in the 2011-2012 survey by Payscale.com. The mid-career median salary for North Central College graduates is $81,300, ranking No. 39 out of 303 schools in the private, nonprofit category.

Courtney Cain

Courtney wants to teach in a general education setting and help all her students, so she added the English Language Learning (ELL) endorsement to her studies.

In addition to taking several ELL classes, she’s completed 10- and 50-hour practica experiences so far, with more to come. “The more hours and practica experiences you have with different schools and teachers, the more exposure you get to different strategies and ways of doing things.”

In one practicum, Courtney worked with students who spoke German, Chinese, Spanish and Hindi. Through North Central’s program and faculty, she learned techniques and strategies for teaching students in any language “without watering down content."

“Our professors are experts in their fields. We’re also supervised by former teachers and principals who observe and give us feedback. We learn from the experts.”

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2013.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2013.

North Central College is ranked No. 13 in the Midwest in the Regional Universities category—schools that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s degrees. North Central College was ranked No. 23 among Midwest Regional Universities for 2012.

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