North Central College - Naperville, IL

Secondary Education

Why choose secondary education at North Central College?

Our secondary education graduates enjoy rewarding careers at nationally ranked high schools and middle schools. That’s no surprise, since our full-time faculty will mentor you through a rigorous curriculum and field experience schedule, then help you identify the opportunities that will make the difference for your education and your career. The Illinois State Board of Education recognizes North Central College as fully accredited in art, biology, chemistry, English, history, math, physics, music and physical education, and foreign language licensure in Spanish, French and German.

You can also:

  • Acquire excellent teacher preparation at exceptional middle and high schools.
  • Accumulate at least 155 hours of classroom field experience prior to your residency (student teaching).
  • Prepare for state licensure to begin your teaching career.
  • Meet potential employers at on-campus job fairs.
  • Major in a field in which you want to teach, such as art, music, the sciences, history or English.
  • Gain a special education endorsement through the Learning Behavior Specialist I (LBS I) concentration.


David Soto ’18
North Central College’s David Soto ’18 took his barista skills, from Gloria Jean’s Coffees, to Australia to compete in 2016 International Barista Competition.
Janis Fitzsimmons, North Central College executive director of Urban Education Laboratory, receives Trailblazer in Education Award by the DuPage County NAACP.
The North Central College Board of Trustees grants tenure, approves promotions to faculty members effective with the start of the 2016-2017 academic year.



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

  • Aurora School Districts
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Naperville School District 203
  • Naperville Indian Prairie School District 204
  • Plainfield School District 202
Physical Education major, Secondary Education minor, Middle School Health endorsement

“North Central was the perfect fit!” says Rachael, when reflecting on her last four years. Not only was the College’s location within a comfortable proximity of her hometown, but North Central also offered the excellent education programs she sought.

Because she brought passions for fitness, teaching and coaching with her to North Central, Rachael knew that a physical education major with a health endorsement was the right path for her.

She soon enjoyed the benefits of her decision. Rachael observed teachers in the field and gained experience as a student teacher—both requirements of her major.

“Every moment I spent writing a lesson plan was worth it if it meant seeing my students learn and...

Physical Education major, Secondary Education minor

John’s teacher preparation started early. He was placed in practicums at all levels—elementary, middle and high school. He observed and worked alongside great teachers who “really included me in the experience.”

“North Central properly prepares you. Friends at other schools didn’t get the practice hours or classroom experience, so they were overwhelmed when they got to student teaching. They ended up going into another field, after all that schooling.”

John admits he chose North Central because of its coaching legends and track and field program. A star pole vaulter, he was a three-time conference champion. But he stayed at North Central because of what took place in his classes. “The small class...

Chemistry major, Secondary Education minor

Sheri, a chemistry and physics teacher at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, IL, was recently selected to participate in a program with Argonne National Laboratory. “It includes three summers of research and a grant for classroom equipment,” Sheri says. “I’ve already been able to share my experiences with my students; they really enjoy hearing about how science is used in the real world.” Thanks to her Argonne research, her students have built nanocrystalline solar cells and worked with ferrofluids. Starks is acutely aware of the need to keep her students engaged. She works hard to make the field appealing to young people, especially her female students. “I explain that science can be very social,” she says. “...

Secondary Education

Before transferring to North Central, Abel pursued a degree in aviation. He discovered a passion for education and found that North Central had the right stuff.

“I decided to become an educator because it’s the most rewarding and important profession of all. It was clear that North Central was the best choice for that career.”

To prepare for his career, Abel gained student-teaching experience at local high schools. He worked closely with professors to build an impressive résumé, which paid off with a job immediately after graduation. He returned to his hometown of Aurora to teach Spanish at West Aurora High School.

“I couldn’t have asked for better faculty members at North Central; they...

Physical Education and Athletic Training double major, Secondary Education minor

After taking his first education class, Phillip was sold on teaching. “I realized I wanted to work with students. And teaching physical education gives students skills and strategies early in life to live more healthy lifestyles.”

His practical experience started early with practicums in middle and high schools and expanded to student teaching at an area high school. “What’s great about North Central is they give you experience teaching in different environments, cultures and economic levels. You’re better prepared.”

His professors were a big factor in his preparation too. “With small classes, you get more one-on-one time with your professors. And they have an open-door policy. If you have...