Central’s education department offers an elementary education major with courses designed to enable students to become effective teachers in grades K-8. All education majors participate in field experiences with local teachers and students in classroom settings. In addition, the one-of-a-kind Central Teacher Academy provides a distinctive preparatory experience that pairs students with mentor teachers in local schools before student teaching.
Education majors can travel the world with faculty to Puerto Rico or Sierra Leone, Africa or attend regional and national education conferences. No matter what your interests are, Central has something for you! Learn how you can get involved with groups and organizations at Central.
Education students pursuing graduate school typically do so after several years teaching in the field. Educational leadership, reading, special education and content specific areas are typical graduate school studies for education graduates. Central education students have attended graduate school in varying states across the United States.
In addition to rigorous coursework, Central education majors are expected to immerse themselves in their chosen field–whether through a short-term faculty-led trip to work in schools in Puerto Rico or the Central Teacher Academy where students gain hands-on experience with a local K-12 mentor teacher.
Students can also get involved with a development-focused mission trip to Sierra Leone, Africa, or student teach in inner-city Chicago or on one of Central's international study abroad programs.
Learn more about education (elementary) in the course catalog.
Central College implements a developmental model to prepare students to be educators. This unique “I Understand, I Can, I Am” model aligns with the InTASC standards for teacher preparation and provides students with fundamental, developmentally appropriate coursework and experiences.
This model leads to highly prepared teachers, who have a multitude of varying field experiences in diverse settings, ultimately preparing students to be highly qualified teachers in a global world.
Central education students exhibit highly successful Praxis Exam completion rates (100% in 2014-2015).
The Geisler Penquite scholarships are awarded annually to elementary, secondary, and/or K-12 education students. When fully funded, up to twelve scholarships will be awarded on a renewable basis.
The Scholars Program honors students who exemplify essential values and skills, and work collaboratively to build upon Central’s reputation to recruit exemplary teachers for future generations.
The Central Teacher Academy (CTA) program is an exceptional teacher preparatory program — the only one of its kind in Iowa. Elementary education majors apply to be a CTA participant. CTA students are trained and paired with mentor teachers in the Pella Community School District and Pella Christian Schools for three years, while also receiving current, applicable professional development training. This voluntary, selective program is in addition to the requirements all students complete for an elementary education major and teacher licensure.
Students are encouraged to study abroad with one of Central’s international programs to enhance their development as global citizens, or with partner programs in Chicago, Washington, D.C. or New York City. Education majors can complete internships and service learning in many locations. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.
Central is an Iowa Campus Compact Institution. Education majors can serve the community through Iowa College Americorps and earn earn an education award to help with expenses.
Experience in the classroom sets these teachers apart.
So, what is it like being a brand-new teacher? One year after graduation, four education majors from Central tell about their first years as teachers.
Two Central students, Melissa Urbain ’05 and Chris Stone ’96, were a decade apart but made a lasting connection.