Melissa McAninch (chair), Jennifer Diers (director), Amanda Clark, Alan Hastings, Tamara Masters, Tamala Strawser, Julianne Taylor
The philosophical foundation of teacher education at Central College is the liberal arts tradition. Central College Teacher Preparation Candidates exhibit knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are aligned with national and state teaching standards and are grounded in our program’s focus on developmental, authentic learning experiences. Through the completion of coursework and embedded field/clinical experiences, our graduates are prepared to exhibit the following skills and dispositions of effective teachers:
The achievement of these program standards is based on a commitment to the personal and professional fulfillment of each student. Students receive individualized attention through advising, instruction and supervision of clinical/field experiences. Field experiences are extensive and developmentally appropriate. Continuous contact with teachers and students in clinical settings enables prospective teachers to successfully transfer educational theory into effective practice. Programs at Central College combine the best of traditional educational practice with the latest in innovative contemporary theory.
Education students may be eligible to enroll in the Central Teacher Academy (CTA), which is a three-year program that pairs a teacher education candidate with a K-12 mentor teacher. Students in CTA complete additional clinical/field experiences and professional development sessions. All education students are encouraged to consider the numerous off-campus internship opportunities available at urban and overseas sites.
The Central College teacher education program is approved by the Iowa Department of Education. 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.
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 to the teacher education program, at individual conferences at the end of each block, prior to student teaching, and before application for licensure.
Admission and retention in the teacher education program includes the following criteria:
The education department encourages students to consider the advantages of study abroad. Internships and programs of study in teacher education can be explored as growth opportunities.
Graduates of Central College must exhibit proficiency in communication skills. The communication skills expectations addressing reading, writing, and speaking for Central College are replicated in the Education Department’s InTASC Standards and dispositions. Ongoing evaluation of communication skills takes place in EDUC prefix courses and core courses with a college WRT designation. Writing skills are evaluated through writing assignments that are assessed for content, style, and mechanics. Writing assignments include term papers, journals, position papers, lesson plans, and research papers. Reading skills are assessed for literal, inferential, and evaluative comprehension of a variety of educational materials. Speaking and listening skills are evaluated in assignments including small group discussions, leading large groups, teaching classes, oral presentations, and debates. Students who are deficient in any of the skills areas are required to remediate the deficiencies through the campus support services or in consultation with a member of the department faculty.
A final evaluation is made during the student teaching semester when students have established that they are able to communicate effectively in the school classroom and complete written and oral projects for the Senior/Professional Seminar (EDUC 485/486) course. As a culminating experience, students’ communication skills are evaluated as they present their program portfolio to faculty members and peers during the department’s Senior Showcase event. Attainment of “Meets Standard” in all assessed areas on the Senior Showcase rubric (see appendix) is required and includes the assessment of communication skills required for graduation by the college.
Program completion is not final and a recommendation for a teaching license the endorsement for teaching kindergarten through grade six will not be granted until the teaching candidate has met the following requirements:
Upon successful completion of these requirements, the graduate is recommended to the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners for a teaching license.
Note: Students seeking teacher licensure must, in addition to these major requirements, complete all Teacher Licensure Requirements, listed following these major requirements.
(in addition to 48 credits education major requirements)
Elementary (K-6 & K-8)
101 K-12 Athletic Coach
102 K-6 Elem Classroom Teacher
104 K-12 ESL Teacher
113 K-8 Art
119 K-8 English/Lang. Arts
123 K-8 French
125 K-8 German
133 K-8 Spanish
137 K-8 Health
142 K-8 Mathematics
144 K-8 Music
146 K-8 Physical Education
148 K-8 Reading
150 K-8 Science – Basic
164 K-8 Social Studies
167 K-8 Speech Comm/Theater
260 K-8 Instructional Strat I
421 5-8 Algebra for H.S. Cr.
1001 Birth- 3rd grade Early Childhood Inclusive
1821 5-8 M.S. Language Arts
1822 5-8 M.S. Mathematics
1823 5-8 M.S. Science
1824 5-8 M.S. Social Studies