North Central College - Naperville, IL

Elementary Education

Why choose elementary education at North Central College?

You’ll learn with the best of the best professors—people who demonstrate what great teaching means every day. As an elementary education major you’ll rack up at least 180 hours of classroom field experience prior to your residency (student teaching). This additional experience will boost your teaching skills and confidence and strengthen your position in the job market. It will help you become a world-class educator who inspires young people to achieve their best.

You can also:

  • Student-teach in a variety of settings, from high-need schools in Chicago and Aurora to nationally recognized schools in and around Naperville.
  • Gain a special education endorsement through the new concentration in Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS I).
  • Connect with working teachers and administrators who enjoy mentoring the next generation of teachers.
  • Study in an education department that’s fully accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education and is recognized as a model program by local partner districts.
  • Receive extensive practice and guidance to prepare for the rigorous Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).


Sara Reid ’15
Sara Reid received the Outstanding Major in French Award during North Central College’s 2015 Honors Convocation.
Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola
No “status quo” with North Central College’s new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty Dr. Abiodun “G-P” Goke-Pariola.
A summer study abroad course called Financial Crisis landed North Central students in Greece during the June 2015 “mega crisis” that drew attention.



  • Aide, Owen Elementary, Naperville
  • Aide, Highland Elementary, Naperville
  • Classroom assistant, Oak Park School, Oak Park, IL
  • Aide, Junior/Senior Scholars, Naperville
  • Aide, Naperville Safety Town, Naperville
  • Exploring diversity intern, Dietrich Elementary, Aurora, IL
  • Exploring diversity intern, Ryerson Elementary, Chicago
  • Exploring diversity intern, Bardwell School, Aurora, IL
  • Marquette University
  • National University of Health Sciences
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Aurora and East Aurora School District 131
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Naperville School District 203
  • Indian Prairie School District 204
  • Plainfield School District 202

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates in elementary education have been accepted at:

  • Marquette University
  • North Central College


Elementary education graduates frequently find teaching positions in districts within a 30-mile radius of North Central, like:

  • East Aurora School District 131
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Naperville School District 203
  • Indian Prairie School District 204
  • Plainfield School District 202
Elementary Education major

For Amy, there’s never been any doubt that North Central’s demanding requirements for education majors are worth the extra effort.

“All the hard work pays off in the end,” she says. “It’s such a rewarding feeling to see students engaged and learning from a lesson I’ve designed—the payoff is when I see how much it’s helping someone else.”

Amy has been exposed to many opportunities that go beyond the state’s student-teaching requirements. She completed a 50-hour practicum that involved working with English Language Learning (ELL) students one-on-one to improve their English proficiency. She’s also spent two summers interning for a nearby school district. In that role, she taught students who were...

French and Elementary Education double major, middle school French endorsement

Not only did Sara immediately feel welcomed into the North Central community, but she also felt right at home in the French department.

“It was so nice to feel that your thoughts were always appreciated and your efforts were always valued. This safe environment for learning a second language helps a student grow and evolve.”

Sara loved viewing the world through a different language and took every opportunity to do so. She became a language tutor on campus, traveled to France as part of a D-Term study abroad course and became involved in the College’s French club, Cercle Français.

“From crêpe making and Mardi Gras celebrations to language immersion weekends and service projects in...

Elementary Education & Spanish double major, English Language Learning minor

Heidi cultivated a perfect marriage between her two majors—Elementary Education and Spanish—that she will carry into her career.

A recipient of the prestigious student Fulbright Fellowship, Heidi will travel to Argentina to teach English language learning methods to local teachers for 10 months after graduation. Heidi’s experiences while at North Central as a teacher and traveler complemented this opportunity.

Heidi completed two summer internships that allowed her to run her own classroom to gain real-world teaching experience. She also acquired global awareness and refined her Spanish by studying abroad in Costa Rica and Peru.

Elementary Education major

Each year, Naperville’s Beebe Elementary School welcomes more than 20 North Central students like Amanda for field experience. These teachers-in-training spend 20 weeks observing the latest methods for teaching reading and language arts, developing and teaching lesson plans and working with small groups of pupils. It’s an inspiring experience for Amanda. “I look forward to spending more time learning with the students and watching them grow with the knowledge I help provide,” she says.

Elementary Education major

What distinguished North Central’s education program for Emma was, “the amount of time and how quickly you get into the schools. I was tutoring during my first education class and in my first field experience my sophomore year … all real-world experiences that let you try out different ages and environments and find your best fit.”

Emma discovered her “best fit” when she joined other North Central students for a summer service trip to Kenya and worked with orphans in the schools.

“I saw their drive for learning and I loved the experience. I had considered teaching in high-need schools, but not seriously. Now I know I want to teach in a high-need environment.”

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