Education (Secondary)

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. As a secondary education student, you will major in a specific content area and enroll in the education courses necessary to obtain a teaching license. This liberal-arts approach will provide you with the broad background you need to become an effective 9th- to 12th- grade 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.

hours of required field experience in secondary classrooms
The Central Teacher Academy pairs students with experienced teachers 3 years prior to student teaching
More than 50% of Central Education majors have received a master's degree

The Central Difference

Learn Using a Unique Developmental Model

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.

A Science Teacher is Born

Central’s invested faculty helped Tyler Pfaltzgraff ’19 discover his interest in biology.

Central Teacher Academy

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.

Learn in Nationally Recognized Facilities

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.

Work Toward Distinguished 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 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.

Expand Your Teachable Horizons: Study Abroad

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.

Beyond Central

Putting the “Hire” in Higher Education

  • 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

Central RED Lunch ’n’ Learn Focuses on Central Teacher Academy

Central College’s Central RED Society will hold a Lunch ’n’ Learn session focusing on the Central Teacher Academy.


  • 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.

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
Central College student

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.

Meet the faculty:

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


Learn More

Want to find out more about Education (Secondary) at Central? Contact us to learn more about this major and our other strong academic programs.

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