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.
Kasey Wiedemaier ’17, second grade teacher, Collins- Maxwell School District
Jacob Wassenaar ’16 Fulbright Award Recipient, Taiwan
Amber Muntz ’14, third grade teacher, Harris Elementary (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Samuel Bernink ’14, math and reading teacher, Estherville-Lincoln Central Community School District
Madison Frehe ’14, second grade teacher, Leavenworth (Kans.) Unified School District
Ali Neevel ’14, first grade teacher, Springfield Elementary School (Michigan City, Ind.)
Amanda Deerr ’14, K-8 art teacher at Prairie City Monroe Community School DistrictSarah Seney ’01, principal, Fairview Elementary School, Grinnell
Matt Dunsbergen ’01, principal, Terrace Elementary, Ankeny
Mady Adamson ’17, third grade teacher, Osceola School District
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.
Straight out of Central, Amanda Deerr '14 started teaching art for K-8 students.
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.
Escuela Colegio, Merida, Mexico
Madison Elementary School, Pella, Iowa
Pella Christian Elementary, Pella, Iowa
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.
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.
“A simple walk down the street with my Central College professor in Mexico led me all the way to Tonga,” writes Carolyn Corson ’16. “And I haven’t looked back since.”
Want to find out more about elementary education at Central? Contact us to learn more about this major and our other strong academic programs. Visit campus to observe classes and experience The Central Difference firsthand.