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Secondary Education

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.

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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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

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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