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 mentors you through a rigorous curriculum and field experience schedule, then help you identify the opportunities that will make all 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 certifications in Spanish, French and German.

You can also:

  • Acquire excellent teacher preparation at renowned middle and high schools.
  • Rack up 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.

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Emerging filmmakers, alumni Scott Drucker ’06 (left) and R.J. McNichols ’11
North Central alumni Scott Drucker ’06 and R.J. McNichols ’11 visit campus March 5 to discuss the business and art of making of their first films.
Seniors Aaron Langer and Gianna Medina, NCUR presenters
North Central College will send a record 44 students to present a record 40 projects at the prestigious National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
North Central College’s education department has been awarded a DuPage Community Foundation grant to support a summer school program in Addison.

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Careers

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

Vlasta’s goal as a future teacher is to make a positive impact on her students. In other words, she wants to emulate her professors at North Central.

“The College hires amazing faculty and staff,” she says. “They provide me with the knowledge I seek to pass on to future generations. I want my students making responsible, educated decisions as they become successful and well-rounded individuals.”

Vlasta chose to attend North Central because of the small class sizes and family-like atmosphere. Her classroom learning has been supplemented by a wide range of extracurricular activities, including softball, honor societies and teaching organizations.

“I’m also a resident assistant, which helped...

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...

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. “...

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...