North Central College - Naperville, IL

Elementary Degree Requirements

During your first year in the program, you’ll gain experience to impact K-12 student learning and complete EDN 101/Teaching Today, psychology and general education courses. You’ll also take the Test of Academic Proficiency.

In your second year, you’ll complete another field experience and take foundational coursework in teaching methods and literacy education. You’ll also demonstrate your beginning skills in planning and teaching lessons, as well as reading aloud and facilitating student engagement and comprehension.

In your third year, your coursework will include additional elementary teaching methods, assessment of learning, mathematics instruction, advanced literacy and foundations and methods of special education. You’ll be introduced to the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), a performance-based assessment that is designed to measure the effectiveness of all aspects of teaching. North Central faculty and your field experience teacher-mentors will assess your progress, and you’ll take a state exam in your intended content field.  In your third-year field experience you will further develop your planning and instructional skills and complete a practice edTPA so you are prepared for the formal assessment you will take during your residency.

Your fourth year will culminate with a 20-week student-teaching residency.  You’ll demonstrate your skills through the edTPA and Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT). After successfully completing your residency and all required coursework, you will be prepared to apply for state licensure and graduation from North Central College.

By the end of your four years, you’ll accumulate close to 900 hours in a variety of school settings, working with individual students and small groups, and teaching full class lessons across subject areas.  During the 20-week residency you will develop from an effective co-teacher to the full role of taking over all responsibilities of the classroom teacher.