Central College
812 University
Pella, Iowa 50219




Teacher Prep 101

Teacher Prep 101

The Central Teacher Academy provides students a chance to teach and connect in schools before student teaching. Central Teacher Academy alums and current students join together for a brighter future.

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Central to your world

Brandyn Woodard

Central: It's what you do, who you meet and who you are on campus. The college nurtures relationships and inspires activity.

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Meet Rebekah


Favorite French phrase: Tu me manques (“I miss you”)

Favorite professor: Keith Jones because he is so smart and he has taught me so much in and out of class.

Why I love Central: I love knowing everyone. It’s so easy to make friends.

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Central is Personal

A transformative education that values people and their possibilities.

Academic Programs

56 academic programs to choose from

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More than 100 opportunities to get involved on campus

About Central


More than 99 percent of Central students receive financial aid

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96% are employed, enrolled in graduate school or doing sustained service within a year
of graduation

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Experience Central

Integrated Learning


Central's first-in-the-nation program is a fusion of campus life and academics. It pairs the classroom with the residence halls, the athletics fields, the laboratories, the stage and student clubs.


Featured Programs

Health Sciences

11 pre-professional programs in health with shadowing opportunities at Pella Regional Health Center and Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines.

All Majors


Three-quarters of Central students complete at least one internship, gaining real-world experience in Iowa, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and around the globe.


Meet the Faculty

Esther Streed

Esther Streed

Title: Professor of education

Passion: Improved services for people with developmental disabilities

Her inspiration: Her own daughter, Angi, who is disabled

Fun fact: Has eaten dinner at the White House

Moving story: Foster mother for 14 children over the years

Her goal: Giving education majors a new perspective on the disabled students they will teach

You can find her: In “Angi’s Office” in the Roe Center

About Central

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Tradition is Central

Founded in 1853 in the heart of Iowa, Central has always been a college with a host of academic and personal possibilities.

Our History

President Mark Putnam

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