Education - Elementary (K-6)/Communication Arts & Literature (5-8)
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. The School prepares students to be teachers in urban, international, public, and private schools in order to use teaching as a ministry to the church, to the city, and to the world.
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 elementary education licensure program, the student may be recommended for a Minnesota State Teaching License in grades K-6 with a middle school endorsement in Communication Arts and Literature (Grades 5-8).
Upon successful completion of the NCU Teacher Licensure Program the beginning teacher will:
- Demonstrate, by life-style and teaching, education as a life-long process;
- Understand the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the disciplines(s) he or she teaches and create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students;
- Understand how children and adolescents learn and develop and provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social, and personal development;
- Understand how learners differ in their approaches to learning and create instructional opportunities that are adapted to learners from diverse cultural or economic backgrounds or children with exceptionalities;
- Understand and use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage the students’ development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills;
- Use an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement, and self-motivation;
- Use knowledge of effective verbal, non-verbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration and supportive interaction in the classroom;
- Plan and manage instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community and curriculum guides;
- Understand and use formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social and physical development of his/her learners;
- Develop 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;
- Understand the importance of communicating and interacting with parents/guardians, families, school colleagues, and the community to support the students’ learning and well-being;
- Understand and apply the research base for, and the best practices of, kindergarten, elementary and middle school education;
- Understand and apply a general understanding of federal and state rules and statutes as they relate to general and special needs populations;
- Demonstrate the servant-leadership model of concern and service toward others;
- 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, knowledge of the established traditional philosophies of education, research in the disciplines and practical experience.
NOTE: Student Teaching Experience: During student teaching, both employment and additional coursework are strongly discouraged and are subject to Education department approval. (See Education Department website for additional information.)