North Central College - Naperville, IL

Education Department

For more than 150 years, North Central College has educated some of America’s most exceptional teachers. Year after year, our graduates have taken the lead in classrooms, motivating and inspiring young people to reach their full potential.

Today we continue that tradition with our most talented, committed students. State licensure (formerly known as state certification) requirements have grown increasingly demanding—and our expectations have risen with them. North Central College recently aligned its curriculum with Illinois Professional Teaching Standards. Formal partnerships with five Chicago-area school districts pair students with top-quality mentors and offer a wide range of rigorous field experiences in both high-performing and high-need settings.

To succeed as a teacher candidate at North Central, you’ll need uncommon dedication and skill. But if you accept the challenge, we’ll stand by you every step of the way.  North Central faculty are dedicated not only to challenging you, but also to mentoring you—to nurturing your talents while pushing you to surpass your own expectations. We regularly hear from principals that North Central candidates are among the most well-prepared teachers and student teachers on their staffs. Our recent alumni have earned accolades as Illinois Teacher of the Year, Illinois Principal of the Year, Golden Apple Award-winner and many more.

The Education Department is fully accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education. The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) (formerly NCATE and TEAC) standards are used to assess the programs offered at North Central College.