Education (secondary)

Secondary education students at Central major in a specific content area and enroll in the education courses necessary to obtain a teaching license. This liberal-arts approach provides students with the broad background necessary to become effective 9th-12th grade teachers. 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. 

hours of required field experience in secondary classrooms
  • The Central Teacher Academy pairs students with experienced teachers 3 years prior to student teaching

The Real World


Successful Careers

  • English language assistant, Paris, France
  • Social studies teacher, Madison HS, Madison, Mo.
  • Spanish teacher, Davenport HS, Davenport, Iowa
  • Physical education teacher/strength coach, Sheldon, Iowa
  • Eighth grade science teacher, Carroll Community Schools, Carroll, Iowa


  • Education Club
  • Geisler-Penquite Scholarship program
  • Council for Exceptional Children

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.

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Graduate Placement

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. 


  • North Mahaska High School, New Sharon, Iowa
  • Kelly High School, Chicago, Ill.
  • Tri County Community Schools, Thornburg, Iowa
  • Southeast Polk High School, Pleasant Hill, Iowa

Courses & Faculty

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 (secondary) in the course catalog.

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Meet the faculty:
  • Jennifer Diers, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education, interest areas include child and adolescent development, technology in education and international education
  • Darrell Druvenga, B.A., M.A., Ed.D., Lecturer of Education, interest areas include comparative international education, improvement of education, teacher education, international travel, student teaching and supervision
  • Mindi Kacmarynski, Coordinator of the Central Teacher Academy
  • Susan Lyons, Adjunct Instructor of Education
  • Melissa McAninch, B.S., M.A., Instructor of Education, interest areas include teacher questioning practices, mathematical discourse and classroom assessment
  • Christine McConville, Office Manager Education Department
  • Kari Pingel, Adjunct Instructor of Education
  • Joy Prothero, B.A., M.S., Ed.D., Associate Professor of Education, interest areas include elementary and secondary education, literacy, children's reading and writing
  • Joleen Roorda, Lecturer of education
  • Linda Steddom, Director of Clinical/Field Experiences in Education
  • Esther Streed, B.A., M.A., Ed.D., Professor of Education, interest areas include educating all students, including those with identified challenges and international education
  • Lisa Zylstra, Adjunct Instructor of Education

Sample Schedule

First year
  • Foundations of Education
  • Children with Exceptionalities
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Core, major, licensure & endorsement courses
Sophomore year
  • Human Relations
  • Core, major, licensure & endorsement courses
Junior year
  • Reading in the Content Area
  • Learning and Assessment
  • Behavior and Classroom Management
  • Core, major, licensure & endorsement courses
Senior year
  • Secondary student teaching
  • Secondary General Methods
  • Secondary Special Methods
  • Senior Seminar
  • Advanced Integration of Technology in Education - Secondary

The Central Difference

Developmental Model for Teacher Education

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.

Honors and Scholarships

The Geisler Penquite scholarships are awarded to juniors and seniors accepted into the teacher preparation program. When completely funded, 48-50 renewable scholarships of $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.

Central Teacher Academy

The Central Teacher Academy (CTA) program is an exceptional teacher preparatory program–the only one of its kind in Iowa. 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. 

Study Abroad

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. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.


In the fall of 2009, the education department opened its doors in the Roe Center. The three-story building provides 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 rating from the United States Green Building Council.

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Want to find out more about secondary 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.