B.S. Education: Communication Arts & Literature (K-12)

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Get real-classroom experience while studying for an education degree.

Why study education at North Central University?

Preservice teachers at NCU are part of a dynamic, hands-on, high-mentorship cohort in their field of licensure. As a licensed major, we offer a fully accredited teacher preparation program where teaching is more than just a job, it is a mission that daily fuels your faith, creativity, and lifelong learning.

Education: Communication Arts & Literature (5-12) at a glance

North Central’s Communication Arts & Literature Education major will prepare you with the applicable knowledge and hands-on experience you need to be a successful, effective, inspirational middle and high school English teacher. Through courses in curriculum development, teaching methods, classroom management, literature, and communication, as well as an intensive student teaching experience, you’ll gain the relevant skills you need to teach in the 21st century.

Program Highlights

Real-world teaching opportunities

Through clinical and field opportunities, you’ll get tons of classroom experience.

Mentored student teaching

Receive helpful coaching from North Central professors during student teaching.

Education Curriculum Lab

You’ll have your own library and work area designed for education students.

When you graduate from the Education: Communication Arts & Literature (5-12) program, you’ll be prepared to:

  • Create meaningful and memorable learning experiences
  • Support various learning styles
  • Use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage the development of critical thinking, problem-solving, and performance skills
  • Use individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement, and self-motivation
  • Leverage technology to enhance interaction and engagement
  • Plan effective curriculum
  • Assess and evaluate student progress
  • Demonstrate the servant-leadership model of concern and service towards others
  • Continue growing and finding new ways to be a better teacher as a lifelong learner
  • Integrate your faith and your career as an educator
  • Understand and teach literature and communication scholarship

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This program has surrounded me with classmates—and now friends— to run together through this rigorous curriculum, teachers who support and impart their knowledge to us, and real-life experiences in the field to exponentially grow us.


Secondary Education

North Central prepares a student with real-world teaching opportunities.

Knowledge and Skills You'll Learn

Education students complete more than 175 hours before student teaching in local schools before student teaching. This is not just observation but actual teaching working with a university supervisor that is also a faculty member and knows you well. Our diverse urban setting provides education students with a wide variety of schools to work in including public, private, charter, alternative, faith-based, suburban, and inner-city.

Education degree seniors spend an entire semester student teaching full-time in a local school where they are mentored and coached by one of their professors and cooperating teacher. It is because of our rigorous and active learning program that NCU education grads have very high placement rates and are sought out by local schools. In the School of Education, you enter inspired and leave empowered!

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