North Central College - Naperville, IL
Elementary Education major, English Language Learning minor

Courtney wants to teach in a general education setting and help all her students, so she added the English Language Learning (ELL) endorsement to her studies.

In addition to taking several ELL classes, she’s completed 10- and 50-hour practica experiences so far, with more to come. “The more hours and practica experiences you have with different schools and teachers, the more exposure you get to different strategies and ways of doing things.”

In one practicum, Courtney worked with students who spoke German, Chinese, Spanish and Hindi. Through North Central’s program and faculty, she learned techniques and strategies for teaching students in any language “without watering down content."

“Our professors are experts in their fields. We’re also supervised by former teachers and principals who observe and give us feedback. We learn from the experts.”