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School of Education & Health Sciences

Department of Education

Secondary Education

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Why pursue a secondary education degree at North Central College?

Our secondary education graduates enjoy rewarding careers at nationally ranked high schools and middle schools. That’s no surprise, since our full-time faculty mentor you through a rigorous curriculum and field experience schedule. In the secondary education program, you will have experience planning and teaching lessons in your content area as you complete at least 175 hours of field experience prior to your residency (student teaching). The Illinois State Board of Education recognizes North Central College as fully accredited in art, biology, chemistry, physics, English, history, math, music and foreign language licensure in Chinese, French, German, and Spanish.

You can also:

  • Acquire excellent teacher preparation at exceptional high schools.
  • Prepare for state licensure to begin your teaching career.
  • Meet potential employers at on-campus job fairs.
  • Major in a field in which you want to teach, such as art, music, biology, history or English.
  • Receive extensive practice and guidance to prepare for the new, rigorous Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).
  • Gain additional expertise in special education by adding the Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS I) endorsement.

More Department information

Secondary Education, B.A.

The Education Department offers a newly redesigned, undergraduate licensure program in education to prepare elementary, secondary, K-12 art, K-12 foreign language and in conjunction with the Department of Music, K-12 music teachers. It is an experience-oriented teacher education program based on the liberal arts. The faculty of the education department is committed to the serious study of education and the promotion of professional standards to foster innovation in professional preparation. This commitment encompasses social issues such as equity and capacity-based learning, with an emphasis on preparing candidates to teach in diverse school settings. The program is approved for licensure by the Illinois State Board of Education. Teacher education programs differ from other programs at the College in that additional specific criteria must be met in the area of general education, as well as in the area of the major.

Secondary Education majors are required to complete a second major in their chosen content area in order to obtain a teaching license. The content areas are as follows: English, Social Science: History, Mathematics, Integrated Science: Chemistry, Integrated Science: Physics or Biology. Requirements for these majors are housed in their respective departments.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Education.

Major Requirements

  • EDUC 101 - Foundations of Teaching and Learning

    EDUC 101 - Foundations of Teaching and Learning

    4.00 credit hours

    Examination of the structures and processes that frame the work of teaching and learning in schools with an emphasis on equity and culturally relevant and sustainable practice. Emphasis on the impact of curricular learning standards and development of children and adolescents on teaching, learning and decision making. An overview of the profession, the Danielson Framework for Teaching, the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards, Common Core Standards and the expectations of the North Central College Teacher Education Program are introduced in this gateway course. Required: 15 field experience hours must be completed at North Central College. Students are required to provide proof of health insurance. Registration for this course at least 15 days prior to the first day of the term is strongly encouraged as additional background checks may be required; an additional fee could be incurred based on district requirements for background checks.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Background check and Tuberculosis test.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science, U.S. Power Structures, Community Engaged Learning.
    iCon(s)
    Challenging Inequity.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 200 - Introduction to HS/MS/K12 Teaching

    EDUC 200 - Introduction to HS/MS/K12 Teaching

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to teaching methods including instructional and assessment strategies. Emphasis on direct teaching, interactive instructional strategies and assessment strategies that develop the skills and processes needed to help K-12 students acquire foundational, conceptual and procedural knowledge.

    Prerequisite(s)

    EDUC 101 and PSYC 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 235 - Educational Technology in K-12 Classroom

    EDUC 235 - Educational Technology in K-12 Classroom

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduces preservice teachers to curricular uses of computers and related technologies and applications for teaching and learning in grades K-12.

    Prerequisite(s)

    EDUC 101 or concurrent enrollment.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 290 - HS/MS/K12 Field Experience I

    EDUC 290 - HS/MS/K12 Field Experience I

    1.00 credit hours

    Introductory experience in directed observation and participation at selected attendance centers (50 clock hours). This course is graded pass/no pass. Students are required to provide proof of health insurance. Registration for this course at least 15 days prior to the first day of the term is strongly encouraged as additional background checks may be required; an additional fee could be incurred based on district requirements for background checks. Background check required. Tuberculosis test required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 200.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 322 - Equitable Learning Environments: HS/MS

    EDUC 322 - Equitable Learning Environments: HS/MS

    4.00 credit hours

    Examination of management models and strategies, as well as school policy related to discipline. There is an emphasis on teaching for equity and change. Approaches to making classrooms, curricula and instructional strategies culturally responsive are studied.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Education majors: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 360 and EDUC 390. Non-Education majors: Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 330 - Teaching Students With Disabilities

    EDUC 330 - Teaching Students With Disabilities

    4.00 credit hours

    Examines issues and current trends within inclusive and special education as well asoverviews the characteristics of persons with disabilities including multi-cultural perspectives and legal issues. Explores instructional models and methods that have empirical support for their effectiveness in addressing the learning needs of students at-risk for or with identified disabilities. Emphasis is placed on the importance and challenges associated with the role of general educator within inclusive classrooms. Candidates also explores the selection, adaptation and development of instructional supports related to lesson design, presentation, materials, assignments and assessment/evaluation. This course includes 15 hours of required field experience.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 360 - HS/MS Content Area Literacies

    EDUC 360 - HS/MS Content Area Literacies

    4.00 credit hours

    Examines the current research, curricular goals and methods of effectively teaching literacy learning in 6-12 classrooms. Preservice teachers develop an understanding of the reading process, demands of academic literacies and characteristics of adolescent learners. Students are exposed to targeted reading instructions for struggling adolescent readers as well as readers from linguistic and culturally diverse backgrounds and apply strategies for teaching reading within their specific disciplines.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 322 and EDUC 390.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 390 - HS/MS/K12 Field Experience II

    EDUC 390 - HS/MS/K12 Field Experience II

    1.00 credit hours

    Directed observation and participation experience at selected attendance centers (50 clock hours). Focus on individual, small group and whole group teaching. Students are required to provide proof of health insurance. Registration for this course at least 15 days prior to the first day of the term is strongly encouraged as additional background checks may be required; an additional fee could be incurred based on district requirements for background checks. Background check required. Tuberculosis test required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 322 and EDUC 360.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 403 - HS/MS Assessment of Learning

    EDUC 403 - HS/MS Assessment of Learning

    4.00 credit hours

    Principles, methods and techniques of assessing learning of High School and Middle School students that communicates progress and achievement to students and parents as well as informs teacher decision making.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program; Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 338, EDUC 340, EDUC 342, EDUC 344, EDUC 346, EDUC 348 or MUED 353; EDUC 490.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 411 - Equity and Access in Systems of Education

    EDUC 411 - Equity and Access in Systems of Education

    4.00 credit hours

    Students examine and analyze their role as an advocate for equity in systems of education. Drawing from leadership perspectives, students investigate educational theories and practices instituted locally, nationally and globally. The goal of this course is to assist students to both understand these systems and develop the knowledge and skills to be agents of change.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Education Majors: EDUC 320 or EDUC 322; Non-Education Majors: Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 490 - HS/MS/K12 Field Experience III

    EDUC 490 - HS/MS/K12 Field Experience III

    1.00 credit hours

    Provides students with an extended field experience in a MS or HS classroom in the student's major content area (art, English, foreign language, mathematics, music, science, or social studies). Students complete 75 hours of supervised field work applying research-based methods and techniques to actual teaching situations under the joint supervision of the cooperating classroom teacher and the NCC supervisor. While 75 hours are required for this field experience, candidates will complete 20-25 hours in placements prior to the start of NCC's academic term in order to experience start of school activities. This course is graded pass/no pass. Students are required to provide proof of health insurance. Registration for this course at least 15 days prior to the first day of the term is strongly encouraged as additional background checks may be required; an additional fee could be incurred based on district requirements for background checks. Background check required. Tuberculosis test required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 338, EDUC 340, EDUC 342, EDUC 344, EDUC 346, EDUC 348 or MUED 353EDUC 403.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 492 - Pre-Residency Seminar

    EDUC 492 - Pre-Residency Seminar

    1.00 credit hours

    Supports candidates as they begin the final stages of the teacher education program, with a focus on the co-teaching model and preparation for the Teacher Performance Assessment.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program; completion of all professional education coursework; passing score on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency or state approved alternative assessment; passing score(s) in the Illinois Licensure Testing System required content test(s). Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 494 and EDUC 496.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 494 - Residency Seminar

    EDUC 494 - Residency Seminar

    4.00 credit hours

    This seminar engages students to expand their knowledge and skills in topics such as engaging instruction, effective assessment, data driven decision-making, parent communication and analysis and reflection on instruction. Focus is given to all tasks of the Teacher Performance Assessment, edTPA. Additionally, attention is given to aspects of professional development, professional service and community involvement.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program; completion of all professional education coursework; passing score on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency or state approved alternative assessment; passing score(s) in the Illinois Licensure Testing System required content test(s). Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 492 and EDUC 496.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 496 - Student Teaching Residency

    EDUC 496 - Student Teaching Residency

    8.00 credit hours

    A five-day per week, full day student teaching experience in an elementary, MS or HS classroom. Candidates assume all of the responsibilities of teaching (planning, instruction, assessment, record keeping, etc.) using a co-teaching model building up to full responsibility. Students are required to provide proof of health insurance. Registration for this course at least 15 days prior to the first day of the term is strongly encouraged as additional background checks may be required; an additional fee could be incurred based on district requirements for background checks. Background check required. Tuberculosis test required.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program; completion of all professional education coursework; passing score on the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency or state approved alternative assessment; passing score(s) in the Illinois Licensure Testing System required content test(s). Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 492 and EDUC 494.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSYC 100 - Psychology: Science of Behavior

    PSYC 100 - Psychology: Science of Behavior

    4.00 credit hours

    An examination of the basic concepts, processes, theories and empirical findings concerning the behavior of organisms. Consideration is given to the following topics: physiological and developmental basis of behavior, sensory and perceptual processes, states of consciousness, learning and memory, and motivation and emotion, as well as personality, intellectual functioning, psychopathology, and social influences on behavior. Community engaged learning and/or an active research experience is used to further student understanding of course topics. Gateway course.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science.
    iCon(s)
    Being Human.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:

  • EDUC 338 - HS/MS Methods: Art

    EDUC 338 - HS/MS Methods: Art

    4.00 credit hours

    Current research and methods of teaching visual arts at the HS and MS level are explored. Postmodern principles, multiple media and technological processes are applied to content areas. Art education students develop interdisciplinary lesson plans that improve students' expressive and analytical capacities.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 403 and EDUC 490.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 340 - HS/MS Methods: English

    EDUC 340 - HS/MS Methods: English

    4.00 credit hours

    Current research and methods of teaching English (literature, composition and language) at the high school and middle school level are explored. Consideration is given to such issues as instructional planning in a multicultural setting, teaching reading in the content areas and writing across the curriculum.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 403 and EDUC 490.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 342 - K12 Methods: World Languages

    EDUC 342 - K12 Methods: World Languages

    4.00 credit hours

    Current research and methods of teaching foreign languages at the HS, MS and elementary school levels are explored.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 403 and EDUC 490.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 344 - HS/MS Methods: Mathematics

    EDUC 344 - HS/MS Methods: Mathematics

    4.00 credit hours

    Current research and methods of teaching mathematics at the HS and MS level are explored. Consideration is given to such issues as instructional planning in a multicultural setting, teaching reading in the content areas and writing across the curriculum.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 403 and EDUC 490.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 346 - HS/MS Methods: Science

    EDUC 346 - HS/MS Methods: Science

    4.00 credit hours

    Current research and methods of teaching science (biology, chemistry and physics) at the HS and MS level are explored.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 403 and EDUC 490.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • EDUC 348 - HS/MS Methods: Social Studies

    EDUC 348 - HS/MS Methods: Social Studies

    4.00 credit hours

    Current research and methods of teaching social studies at the HS and MS level are explored.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Admission to the Teacher Education Program. Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 403 and EDUC 490.

    Schedule Of Classes

Note:

Grades below "C-" in professional education courses and field experience are not accepted for the education major, supplemental education major or licensure.

If a student receives a "no pass" in a field experience, the student must retake the field experience the next time it is scheduled. If a student passes the field experience but not the class, then both must be retaken.

Progression Points - Secondary

The Department of Education has established the following Progression Points as ways for department faculty to ensure students are undertaking experiences needed to prepare them for the profession of teaching. Each checklist is designed to be met by teacher candidates at important points along their journey to becoming a teacher. Once all experiences of a Progression Point are met, a teacher candidate is ready to move forward in the program.

Progression Point 1: Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Course Requirements:

  • Complete EDUC 101, PSYC 100, EDUC 200, and EDUC 235 with a grade of C- or above
  • Complete EDUC 290 with a grade of P

GPA Requirements: 

  • Earn an overall cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better in all courses taken at and transferred to North Central College
  • Earn a GPA of 2.75 or better in all courses taken for and transferred in to the Secondary Education major
  • Earn a GPA of 2.50 or better in all courses taken for and transferred in to the content area major (minimum 16 credit hours)

Evaluation Requirements:

Dispositions:

  • Recommendation from candidate's EDUC 101 instructor
  • Self-evaluation of Dispositions from EDUC 101
  • Dispositions Recommendation from candidate's EDUC 200 instructor

Field Experiences:

  • Field Experience Recommendation from EDUC 101
  • Mentor Teacher Recommendation from EDUC 290
  • Supervisor Recommendation from EDUC 290
  • Transfer Students Only: Complete EDUC 196 Internship and Field Experience Evaluation if an equivalent of EDUC 101 is transferred in to North Central College

Note: Teacher candidates must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) to take EDUC courses at the 300- or 400-level.

Progression Point 2: Progression to Student Teaching Residency

Course Requirements:

  • Complete of all professional education courses for the Secondary Education major with a grade of C- or better with the exception of EDUC 492, 494, and 496, the Student Teaching Residency course package
  • Complete all courses for the content area major with a grade of C- or better

GPA Requirements:

  • Earn an overall cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater in all courses taken at and transferred to North Central College
  • Earn a GPA of 3.00 or better in all courses taken for and transferred in to the Secondary Education major
  • Earn a GPA of 2.50 or better in all courses taken for and transferred in to the content area major

Recommendation Requirements:

  • Mentor Teacher Recommendations from EDUC 390 and 490
  • Supervisor Recommendations from EDUC 390 and 490
  • Practitioner Interview Recommendation (e.g., teachers and administrators)
  • Receive a recommendation from the Department of Education for Student Teaching Residency

Additional Requirements:

  • Complete the practice edTPA as required for EDUC 3XX HS/MS Methods:<Content Area> and EDUC 403 HS/MS Assessment of Learning
  • *Earn a passing Score on the appropriate ILTS content test
    (ENGL: 207; MATH: 208; MUSIC: 212; BIOL: 105; CHEM: 106; PHYSICS: 116; HIST: 246; CHIN: 126; FREN: 252, GERM: 253; SPAN 260).

Progression Point 3: Licensure

  • *Pass EDUC 492 Pre-Residency Seminar, EDUC 494 Student Teaching Residency Seminar, and EDUC 496 Student Teaching Residency with a grade of C- or better
  • *Earn a passing Score on the edTPA teacher performance assessment
  • *Complete all other necessary requirements to earn a bachelor's degree

* Illinois State Board of Education requirement enforced by North Central College

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Secondary Education Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Careers

Secondary education graduates frequently find teaching positions in districts within a 30-mile radius of North Central, like:

  • Aurora school districts
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Naperville School District 203
  • Indian Prairie School District 204
  • Plainfield School District 202

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