School of Education

General Information

Our Mission

The School of Education at North Central University is committed to producing teachers who are academically prepared for excellent teaching and who utilize the best pedagogical practices, model Christ-like character, and devote themselves to lifelong learning.

Licensure Programs

North Central University has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching to offer programs leading to teacher licensure. The School of Education offers the following undergraduate programs, which have been fully approved by the Board of Teaching: 

  • Elementary Education (grades K-6) with an optional middle school endorsement (grades 5-8) in Mathematics, Communication Arts and Literature, or Social Studies
  • Communication Arts and Literature (grades 5-12)
  • Social Studies (grades 5-12)
  • Mathematics (grades 5-12)
  • Vocal Music Education (grades K-12)

Upon successful completion of all coursework, field experiences, and required licensure exams, graduates may be recommended for a Minnesota state teaching license for the specified subject and age group. Detailed information on our licensure programs, departmental policies, and admissions processes can be found in the School of Education Handbook. Policies set forth in the handbook are subject to change.


The outcomes of the education program are based on the INTASC (Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) Standards and Minnesota's own Standards of Effective Practice. Upon successful completion of the NCU Teacher Licensure Program the beginning teacher:

  • demonstrates, by lifestyle and teaching, education as a life-long process.
  • understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.
  • understands how children and adolescents learn and develop and can provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social and personal development.
  • understands how learners differ in their approaches to learning and can create instructional opportunities that are adapted to learners from diverse cultural or economic backgrounds or to children with exceptionalities.
  • understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage the students' development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
  • uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement, and self-motivation.
  • uses knowledge of effective verbal, non-verbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
  • plans and manages instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum guides.
  • understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of his/her learners.
  • develops as a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his/her choices and actions on the learning community and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
  • understands the importance of communicating and interacting with parents/guardians, families, school colleagues, and the community to support the students' learning and well being.
  • will understand and apply the research base for, and the best practices of, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and/or high school education.
  • will apply a general understanding of federal and state rules and statutes as they relate to general and special needs populations.
  • demonstrates the servant-leadership model of concern and service towards others.
  • will create and be able to express a personal philosophy of education that is established upon a synthesis of one's Christian worldview, knowledge of the teaching/learning process, and knowledge of the established traditional philosophies of education, research in the disciplines, and practical experience.


910 Elliot Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Miller Hall #207
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(612) 343-4737
Jodi Herlick


Weinhold, Gail

Assistant Professor, Education
(612) 343-4733
Miller #203

Connor, Sharon

Associate Professor, Education
(612) 343-4738
Miller Hall #202

Gayle, Connie

Director, School of Education
Assistant Professor, Education
(612) 343-4735
Miller Hall #203

Hayton, Greg

Assistant Professor, Education
(612) 343-4782
Miller Hall #200

Friesen, Jonathan

Assistant Professor
(612) 343-4731
Miller Hall #201


Academic Policies

A list of courses which must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher in order for a graduate to be recommended for teaching licensure.

The Student Handbook explains School of Education policies, the program admissions process, field experiences, and career services. This handbook is subject to revision, and new versions will be uploaded as necessary.

Career Placement

NCU's Job Posting Database Website for Students and Alumni. Quick access at:

Cooperating Teachers and Schools

Instructions for completing clinical and student teaching evaluations in Tk20.

Required form for student teaching honorariums.

Current Student Info

Information on Basic Skills, Pedagogy, and Content Area exams required for MN teaching licensure

Bibliography of education department's research base. All materials are available in the Curriculum Lab for student reference.

Chart of how the Standards of Effective Practice are integrated into the education curriculum


Online access to North Central's Tk20 site. Users may purchase a subscription or log on from this site.


An overview of TPA video requirements for each licensure area.