Education -Teaching Licensure, K-12 Art, Music, PE/Health

Education -Teaching Licensure, K-12 Art, Music, PE/Health

EDUC - Education course descriptions

K-12 Art, Music, PE/Health

Education Department



Jennifer Diers (chair), Amanda Clark, Alan Hastings, Melissa McAninch, Tamala Strawser, Julianne Taylor


Statement of philosophy

For general information about Central’s Education Department and teacher education programs, please consult the Education (Elementary) section of this catalog.


Program approval

The Central College teacher education program is approved by the Iowa Department of Education and the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Students successfully completing one of the prescribed programs may be considered candidates for an Iowa Teaching License that is endorsed according to the type of program completed. 

The credentials of Central College are respected outside Iowa, but students desiring to teach in any other state should be acquainted with the professional requirements of the state in question as early as possible in their college career. Any student who is seeking Iowa licensure with the intent of also meeting the licensure requirements of another state should consult with the Department of Education in that state.


Admission and retention requirements

Application for the teacher education program is expected after completing EDUC 110, 135, and 181. Candidates are continually evaluated throughout the program to ensure appropriate progression on departmental standards and are formally reviewed by the full department at the point of admission, prior to student teaching and before application for licensure.

Admission and retention in the teacher education program includes the following criteria:

  1. Achievement of the designated score on standardized basic skills tests for admission and licensure (Scores of 235 each of C-BASE tests of Reading/Literacy, Writing, and Math)
  2. Maintenance of a cumulative grade point average of 2.7
  3. Attainment of a minimum grade of “C” in all courses with the EDUC prefix
  4. Achievement of major program grade point average requirements or proficiencies (based on content area)
  5. Successful completion of field experience assignments
  6. Successful completion of departmental benchmark assignments
  7. Demonstration of Central College teacher candidate dispositions
  8. Demonstration of expertise in content and effective oral and written communication
  9. Recommendation of the major department


Study abroad opportunities

The education department encourages students to consider the advantages of study abroad. Specific internships and programs of study in teacher education are available at most overseas sites.


Endorsements and special programs for Iowa licensure

Licensure for grades K-12 is granted for three areas at Central College: art, music, and Health/PE. Teachers in these areas must complete the education program for K-12 as well as finished a major in one of the three areas above.


A K-12 license may be granted to those who have:

  1. Completed the education program for K-12 education
  2. Completed all courses for licensure
  3. Successfully completed state-approved content and pedagogy exams (Praxis II exams)
  4. Demonstrated basic proficiency in the Central College InTASC standards and dispositions
  5. Attained approval of the Education Department for licensure 


K-12 Education Licensure Program

Complete all of the following (40-41 credits) with a “C” or better in each course:
EDUC 110 Foundations of Education (3)
EDUC 135 Teaching Children with Exceptionalities (3)
EDUC 181 Developmental Psychology (3)
EDUC 215 Human Relations (3)
EDUC 340 Learning and Assessment in Secondary Education (3)
EDUC 342 Reading in the Content Area – Secondary (1)
EDUC 375 Behavior and Classroom Management - Secondary-K12 (3)
EDUC 450 General Secondary Methods (3)
EDUC 455 Advanced Integration of Technology in Education – Secondary (1)
EDUC 466 Elementary Student Teaching in Subject Area(6)
EDUC 476 Secondary Student Teaching in Subject Area (6)
EDUC 486 Professional Development Seminar-Secondary(2)                                      
EDUC 312 Methods of Teaching Art in Elementary Schools (2) AND EDUC 315 Methods of Teaching Art in Secondary Schools (2)
EDUC 313 Methods of Teaching Music in Elementary Schools (3) AND EDUC 316 Teaching Choral and Instrumental Music in Secondary Schools (2)
EDUC 311 Methods of Teaching Health and Physical Education in Elementary Schools (2) AND EDUC 314 Methods of Teaching Health and Physical Education in Secondary Schools (2)

(Complete BOTH the elementary methods course and the secondary methods course associated with the desired endorsement--4-5 credits)


K-12 Endorsements

Complete all requirements of one of the following Central academic majors (shown below, right) leading to a corresponding teaching endorsement (shown below, left):

 Teaching Endorsements  Corresponding Central Major
 K-8 and 5-12 Health and Physical Education  Exercise Science
 K-8 and 5-12 Music  Instrumental Music Education
 K-8 and 5-12 Music  Vocal Music Education
 K-8 and 5-12 Art  Art

Note: Students wishing to complete only a K-8 or only a 5-12 endorsement in art or music must work specifically with a member of the education department to design their course of study.