Program options

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM

1. General Education

All degrees require the completion of the general education curriculum, supplemental requirements and if necessary additional electives or coursework to total 120 or more hours. 

2. Professional Education Core 

  • Educ 101 Teaching as a Profession 1
  • Educ 201 Introduction to Education 3
  • Educ 346 Instructional Technology 3
  • EDPS 210 Educational Psychology and General Methods 2
  • Psy 324 Psychology of Exceptionality 3
  • +Educ 424 Teaching Diverse Learners 2
  • +Theo 381 Christian Teacher’s Ministry 2

Total Hours: 16

+Students must be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in these courses.
 **see sections 5 and 6 for information on the Lutheran Teacher Diploma and Christian Teacher Diploma requirements

3. Elementary Education Endorsement

Required of all elementary students

  • Psy 211 Child Development and Psychology 2
  • Art 301 Methods in Art Education 2
  • Math 301 Concepts of Mathematics II 3
  • +Educ 461 Literacy Instruction, Assessment & Intervention 6
  • +Educ 425 A Foreign Language Instruction, Curriculum, Assessment 3
  • +HHP 363 Health Methods in the Elementary School 1
  • +HHP 364 PE Methods in the Elementary School 1

Professional Semester: 

Total Hours: 34

+Students must be admitted o the teacher education program prior to enrolling in these courses.

4.  Early Childhood Education Endorsement

Required of all ECE students (available only with the elementary endorsement program)

  • Eng 391 Children’s Literature 3
  • Psy 212 Child Development & Psychology/EC 1
  • Educ 330 Early Childhood Educ. Foundations & Programs 3
  • Educ 331 Infants & Toddlers: Development, Curriculum & Teaching 3
  • Educ 333 Primary Education and Literacy Development 3
  • +Educ 430 School, Community, and Parent Involvement 2

Professional Semester (ECE requires two professional semesters):

  • +Educ 332 Early Childhood Curriculum & Methodology 3
  • +Educ 452 Early Childhood Prog. Organization & Mgmt. 3 
  • +Educ 380 Student Teaching in Pre-Primary 10

Total Hours: 31

+Students must be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in these courses.

Note: Students desiring certification endorsement at the elementary level must earn a minimum of 15 hours in the professional sequence and must complete student teaching on Concordia's campus.

5.  Lutheran Teacher Diploma 

Required of all students in Lutheran Education. Must be an active member of a Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod congregation    

Total Hours: 11

All student receiving the Lutheran Teacher Diploma must complete a minimum of six hours of upper-level theology (300 or 400 level) courses on Concordia's campus. 

6. Christian Teacher Diploma

Available to any non-LTD candidates interested in teaching in a Christian school setting. 

Choose 9 hours from the following courses:

  • Theo 241 or 242 or 251 or 252 Biblical Interpretation course (choose only one) 3
  • Phil 301 Concepts in Philosophy 3
  • Theo 375 Christian Denominations, Movements, and Contemporary Cults 3
  • Theo 390 World Religions: The Gospel in a Pluralistic World 3
  • Theo 450 Understanding and Teaching the Bible 3
    (Biblical Interpretation is a prerequisite for Theo 450)
  • Theo 465 Christian Ethics 3
  • Theo 482 Nurturing Faith through Family, School and Congregation 3
  • Theo 489 Ministry in a Changing World 3

Total Hours: 9

7. Public Education Requirements                                                    

Required of all students not choosing the Lutheran Teacher Diploma or the Christian Teacher Diploma.

Total Hours: 9  

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Mission in Teacher Education

Educated people in a democratic society promote a congenial community where its citizens put the common good above self-interest. Empowered by the Gospel, the church in mission strives to nurture its members through God’s revelation. Education, one assisting process, seeks to help people become less self-centered and more responsive to society’s and the church’s aims. Capable Christian teachers, qualified to meet the needs of children, youth and adults, aid society and the church in achieving their goals.

The university accepts its mission in teacher education: Empowering students as teachers, coaches, leaders and learners for effective Christ-centered ministry and service to church and world.

Furthermore, Concordia University demonstrates acceptance of this mission by developing and maintaining quality undergraduate and graduate preparatory programs. Designed to fashion professional teachers, programs are currently offered in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle Level Education, Secondary Education, English Language Learner Education, Special Education (K-9 and 7-12).

Current statements of Concordia’s philosophy of education and specific objectives for its teacher education programs are available in the education office.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION

See Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music for additional education opportunities.

GENERAL POLICIES

The Lutheran Teacher Diploma (LTD)

Students desiring the Lutheran Teacher Diploma must include the following in their coursework: Rel 121, 131; Theo 241 or 242 or 251 or 252, 361, 362, 381; Educ 362 (except secondary education). These requirements are included in the general education or Lutheran Teacher Diploma requirements.

The Christian Teacher Diploma (CTD)

Students desiring the Christian Teacher Diploma must complete 9 hours of coursework chosen from the following courses: Theo 241 or 242 or 251 or 252, Phil 301, Theo 375, 390, 450, 465, 482, or 489.

TEACHER EDUCATION ADMISSION AND RETENTION PROCEDURES

The Dean of Education is responsible for administering the admission to teacher education procedures.

Application for Admission

Students who wish to enter a teacher education program(s) must complete an application for admission to teacher education. Applications will be accepted when a student has completed Educ 101, Educ 201, and EDPS 210. The application for admission process must be completed before a student can enroll in the following courses: Educ 301, Educ 311, Educ 332, Educ 363, Educ 364, Educ 367-379 (Secondary Methods), Educ 401, Educ 402, Educ 424, Educ 425A, Educ 430, Educ 452, Educ 461, Educ 470, Psy 421, Psy 422, Student Teaching, Theo 381, Math 301, Art 301, HHP 363, HHP 364.

Courses that may be taken before full admission has been granted are: Psy 211, Psy 212, Psy 324, Theo 24x/25x, Theo 361, Theo 362, Educ 211, Educ 330, Educ 333, and Educ 362. Any other professional courses completed before full admission has been granted are subject to review and will not automatically be applied to certification. Student applicants are also advised that they cannot be admitted to teacher education until they have successfully passed the Pre-Professional Skills Test with a score of 170 or above in Reading; 171 or above in Mathematics; 172 or above in Writing. Normally the application process is begun when the student is enrolled in Educ 201. Teacher education candidates in early childhood education and elementary education are required to also take the Praxis II – Elementary Education Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment test during their junior or senior year in order to be considered highly qualified for teacher certification purposes. Teacher education candidates in middle level and secondary education are required to also take the appropriate Praxis II content exam for each of their endorsements. More information on this test can be obtained from the Dean of the College of Education.

Criteria for Admission

1. Completion of application for admission form.

2. Successful completion of the Pre-Professional Skills Test, with passing scores. There is a fee for taking the PPST.

3. Completion of Educ 101, Educ 201, and EDPS 210.

4. Professional grade point average of 2.75.           

5. Verification that the student is in good standing by the student life office and verification by the student who must affirm that s/he has not been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving abuse, neglect or injury to another person or sexual misconduct in any state and is mentally and emotionally competent to practice the teaching profession prior to admission to teacher education.

6. Must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in all courses to be counted toward the baccalaureate degree.

7. Secondary education students must achieve a grade point average of 2.75 in their field, comprehensive subject major, or field endorsements.                

8. An interview with the appropriate education program chair.

9. An interview with the Dean of Education or with a committee selected by the dean is required.

Notification of Admission

The Dean of Education will notify students and their advisors in writing of decisions on teacher education applications. Such notification will indicate admission, provisional admission or denial of admission. Students who have been denied admission may reapply pending special review by program directors.

Retention Criteria

Once students have been admitted to the teacher education program they will be permitted to complete the program if the following criteria are met:

1. A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 is maintained for all courses to be counted toward graduation, for permission to student teach and for recommendation for certification and placement.

2. Students maintain a 2.75 grade point average in the professional training for permission to student teach and for recommendation for certification and placement. Secondary education and middle level education students must maintain a 2.75 grade point average in their field, comprehensive subject major, subject endorsements or content teaching areas.

3. Students, their advisors, and the Director of Student Life office must certify that the student’s development physically, emotionally, socially, mentally and spiritually is proceeding at a rate and in a direction that should make it possible for the student to succeed as a beginning teacher. This procedure is to be completed at the time of application for student teaching, placement and certification.

4. No student who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving abuse, neglect, or injury to another person or sexual misconduct in any state or is mentally and emotionally not competent to practice the teaching profession may apply for student teaching or for certification without the approval of the Nebraska State Board of Education.

Notification of Retention and Continuation in the Program

Upon completion of the appropriate application:

1. The student teaching coordinator will notify the student regarding permission to student teach.

2. The placement director will notify the student of the final faculty recommendation for placement.

3. The Dean of Education will notify the student of the recommendation concerning initial teacher certification.

Appeals Process

If students wish to appeal being denied admission or being removed from the program, a written appeal may be addressed to the commissioned ministers appeal committee through the university provost. This document is to include the student’s name, reason for appeal, and other pertinent information.

Any student who is not satisfied with the decision of the appeal committee may appeal directly to the president of Concordia University.

PROGRAM CHECKPOINTS FOR STUDENTS

The university has established “check points” which are to be completed by every teacher education student.

1. Academic Program Declaration—Students interested in teacher education should file an Academic Program Declaration form with the Registrar as soon as their freshman year.

2. Admission to Teacher Education—This requires completion of an application which is to be initiated by the student and processed through his or her advisor during the semester in which the student is enrolled in Educ 201, Introduction to Education or when transferring to Concordia.

3. Permit  to Student Teach—This requires a review of progress on completing field experiences and a second review of the candidate’s portfolio. This normally must be completed one semester prior to the semester in which the candidate will student teach—February 1 for fall student teaching and October 1 for spring student teaching.

4. Approval for Student Teaching—This requires completion of an application by the student during the junior year or when transferring to Concordia.

5. Approval for Placement for LTD Candidates—This also requires student completion of an application to be initiated by the student early in the senior year and processed through an advisor. Before placement the student also meets with the director of placement to coordinate the special abilities, desires, and interests of the student with the special needs of the church and its parishes. Some placements may require extra work for certification.

6. Faculty Approval for Placement for LTD Candidates—Receiving faculty approval requires completing all program requirements successfully.

7. Candidates in the Early Childhood, Elementary, or Elementary/Special Education program are required to take the PRAXIS II – EECIA test. This is a test of Elementary Education Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. Passing the test will result in the designation of “Highly Qualified” being included on your Nebraska Teaching Certificate.  The highly qualified designation is necessary to be hired in many public and non-public school districts in the state.  Candidates are required to pass the test for completion of the teacher education program at Concordia and for recommendation for certification in Nebraska. Candidates in middle level and secondary education are required to take and pass the appropriate content exams for each of their endorsement areas.

8. Approval for Certification—At graduation, the student must apply for certification in Nebraska and other appropriate states with the assistance of the Dean of Education.

See also: Please check the course catalog for other information about programs in which you are interested.