The responsibility to help shape the lives and educations of young children is a big one. It requires an intelligent and exceptionally caring person, someone with a great deal of insight, creativity and stamina.
That’s what you bring to the table. Central matches it with a unique developmental model, one-of-a-kind programming and courses designed to enable you to become an effective teacher in grades K-8. You will participate in field experiences with local teachers and students in classroom settings, obtaining the early hands-on experience you need to succeed as a teacher.
With the help of one of the best education programs in Iowa, you’ll see your passion for education evolve into the résumé of a highly skilled professional teacher.
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.
Amanda Clark, B.S., M.Ed. Instructor of Education
Jennifer Diers, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Education, interest areas include: child and adolescent development, technology in education and international education
Alan Hastings, Assistant Professor of Education
Melissa McAninch, B.S., M.A., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Education, interest areas include: teacher questioning practices, mathematical discourse and classroom assessment
Tamala Strawser, Lecturer of Education
Julianne Taylor, B.A., M.S. Lecturer of Education, interest areas include: literacy development, student engagement with interaction, intervention and professional school counseling
You’ll become a highly prepared teacher when you use the “I Understand, I Can, I Am” developmental model. It will provide you with a multitude of varying field experiences in diverse settings and ultimately ready you to become a highly qualified teacher in a global world. This model aligns with the InTASC standards for teacher preparation and provides fundamental, developmentally appropriate coursework and experiences.
Central education students exhibit highly successful Praxis Exam completion rates (over 96%) and are annually awarded the Recognition of Excellence Indicator Award for exemplary scores.
Apply to participate in the Central Teacher Academy (CTA) program — an exceptional teacher preparatory program and the only one of its kind in Iowa. If selected, you will be trained and paired with mentor teachers in the Pella Community School District and Pella Christian Schools for three years prior to student teaching. This early hands-on learning can be essential to your future success.
You’ll spend a lot of time in the three-story Roe Center, which houses classroom, office and instructional space for the education and psychology departments, along with communication studies and Central’s nationally recognized community-based learning department. The building features energy conservation and environmental responsibility, and was awarded a platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating from the United States Green Building Council.
The Geisler Penquite scholarships are awarded to juniors and seniors accepted into the teacher preparation program. When completely funded, 48-50 renewable scholarships of up to$5,000 will be available for 12 new students in the elementary and secondary education programs.
The Scholars Program honors students who exemplify essential values and skills, advocate for future teachers in very direct ways and work collaboratively to build upon Central’s reputation to recruit exemplary teachers for future generations.
Enhance your development as a global citizen along with your educational frame of reference. Study abroad — and earn credits toward your education degree — with one of Central’s international programs. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.
Central College announces four new teaching faculty members and four new staff members.
Amanda Clark is lecturer of education and helping Central’s elementary education majors become excellent teachers.
Starting a teaching career is tough — Bruce and Susan Anderson know from experience. Now the Bruce and Susan Berical Anderson Education Grant gives a head start to every graduate of Central Teacher Academy (CTA).
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