Education -Teaching Licensure, K-12 Art, Music, PE/Health
Melissa McAninch (chair), Jennifer Diers (director), Erin Durflinger, Alan Hastings, Tamara Masters, Tamala Strawser, Julianne Taylor, Taylor Weldon
Statement of philosophy
For general information about Central’s Education Department and teacher education programs, please consult the Education (Elementary) section of this catalog.
The Central College teacher education program is approved by the Iowa Department of Education. Students successfully completing one of the prescribed programs may be considered candidates for an Iowa Teaching License that is endorsed according to the type of program completed.
The credentials of Central College are respected outside Iowa, but students desiring to teach in any other state should be acquainted with the professional requirements of the state in question as early as possible in their college career. Any student who is seeking Iowa licensure with the intent of also meeting the licensure requirements of another state should consult with the Department of Education in that state.
Admission and retention requirements
Application for the teacher education program is expected after completing EDUC 110, 135, and 181. Candidates are continually evaluated throughout the program to ensure appropriate progression on departmental standards and are formally reviewed by the full department at the point of admission, prior to student teaching and before application for licensure.
Admission and retention in the teacher education program includes the following criteria:
- Maintenance of a cumulative grade point average of 2.7;
- Attainment of a minimum grade of “C” in all courses with the EDUC prefix;
- Achievement of major program grade point average requirements or proficiencies (based on content area);
- Successful completion of field experience assignments;
- Successful completion of departmental benchmark assignments;
- Demonstration of Central College teacher candidate dispositions;
- Demonstration of expertise in content and effective oral and written communication;
- Recommendation of the major department;
Study abroad opportunities
The education department encourages students to consider the advantages of study abroad. Internships and programs of study in teacher education can be explored as growth opportunities.
Endorsements and special programs for Iowa licensure
Licensure for grades K-12 is granted for three areas at Central College: art, music, and Health/PE. Teachers in these areas must complete the education program for K-12 as well as finished a major in one of the three areas above.
Program completion is not final and a recommendation for a K-12 teaching license will not be granted until the teaching candidate has met the following requirements:
- Completion of a B.A. or B.S.
- Attainment of a minimum grade of “C” in all courses with an EDUC prefix
- Attainment of final ratings of “Meets Standard” in at least eight of the ten overall ratings of InTASC standards. An overall rating of “unsatisfactory” in any standard or disposition will disqualify the teaching candidate from the recommendation for licensure.
- Demonstrate “Meets Standard” in six of the seven teaching dispositions. An overall rating of “unsatisfactory” in any standard or disposition will disqualify the teaching candidate from the recommendation for licensure.
- Attainment of “Meets Standard” in all assessed areas on the Senior Showcase rubric.
- Completion of all requirements in education, including student teaching.
- Completion of all support courses from various departments as advised by the Education Department to meet licensure and endorsement requirements, individual interest, and/or need.
- Recommendation for licensure from the Education Department voting faculty members.
Upon successful completion of these requirements, the graduate is recommended to the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners for a teaching license.
K-12 Education Licensure Program
Complete all of the following (41 credits) with a “C” or better in each course:
EDUC 110 Foundations of Education (3)
EDUC 135 Teaching Children with Exceptionalities (3)
EDUC 181 Developmental Psychology (3)
EDUC 215 Human Relations (3)
EDUC 240 Teaching, Learning and Assessment (3)
EDUC 342 Reading in the Content Area – Secondary (1)
EDUC 374 Behavior and Classroom Management (3)
EDUC 450 General Secondary Methods (3)
EDUC 455 Advanced Integration of Technology in Education – Secondary (1)
EDUC 466 Elementary Student Teaching in Subject Area (6)
EDUC 476 Secondary Student Teaching in Subject Area (6)
EDUC 486 Professional Development Seminar-Secondary (2)
EDUC 312 Methods of Teaching Art in Elementary Schools (2) AND EDUC 315 Methods of Teaching Art in Secondary Schools (2)
EDUC 313 Methods of Teaching Music in Elementary Schools (3) AND EDUC 316 Teaching Choral and Instrumental Music in Secondary Schools (2)
EDUC 311 Methods of Teaching Health and Physical Education in Elementary Schools (2) AND EDUC 314 Methods of Teaching Health and Physical Education in Secondary Schools (2)
(Complete BOTH the elementary methods course and the secondary methods course associated with the desired endorsement–4-5 credits)
Complete all requirements of one of the following Central academic majors (shown below, right) leading to a corresponding teaching endorsement (shown below, left):
|Corresponding Central Major
|K-8 and 5-12 Health and Physical Education
|K-8 and 5-12 Music
|Instrumental Music Education
|K-8 and 5-12 Music
|Vocal Music Education
|K-8 and 5-12 Art