Education (Secondary)

Education Central

Central College continues to stand out in preparing tomorrow’s educators.

Central College has one of the best education programs in Iowa.

How? Central’s unique developmental model, one-of-a-kind programming and curriculum are designed to open minds. Open-minded teachers are leaders in creative problem solving, compassionate collaborators and fierce advocates. Open-minded teachers embrace opportunities to gain common ground and pursue learning outside of the classroom.

“I understand. I can. I am.”

The Central Teacher Academy pairs students with experienced teachers 3 years prior to student teaching
hours of required field experience in secondary classrooms
of Central’s education graduates are employed

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.

Everyday Impact

Experiences in and out of the classroom carried into the real world for Mason Muur ’20.

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 more about the Central Teacher Academy.

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.

Learn more about Central’s education facilities and resources.

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

Van Zante Selected for Iowa STEM Teacher Award

Nathan Van Zante ’15 has been selected for the 2021 Iowa STEM Teacher Award for the Southwest Iowa Region.


  • 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 this discipline in the course catalog.

Meet the Faculty

Sample Coursework

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 discipline and our other strong academic programs.

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