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ELEMENTARY 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 425A Foreign Language Instruction, Curriculum, Assessment 3
  • +HHP 363 Health Methods in the Elementary School 1
  • +HHP 364 PE Methods in the Elementary School 1

Total Hours: 34

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

4. Elementary School Subject Concentration

A maximum of six hours of required general education courses may be included in some subject concentrations. The Early Childhood Endorsement and the Special Education Endorsement fill the subject concentration requirement for students in that program.

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 Luther Church-Missouri Synod congregation.  

Total Hours: 11

All students 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 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

Elementary School Subject Concentrations

Art                                                                                                    

Art 271 Art History I (3)
Art 272 Art History II (3)
Art 273 Art History III (3)

Total Hours: 26

Director of Christian Education (DCE)  

  • Educ 229 Introduction to DCE Ministry  2
  • Educ 329 DCE Ministries II: The Emerging DCE 2
  • Educ 388 Youth Ministry Theory & Methods  3
  • Educ 480 Practicum in DCE Ministries 3
  • Educ 483 Leadersp. Devel.: Enabling Lead &Teach 3
  • Educ 484 Confirmation Planning & Implementation 2
  • Educ 485 Parish Education Program Administration 3
  • Psy 341 Group Techniques 3
  • Psy 442 Introduction to Counseling 3
  • Theo 450 Understanding and Teaching the Bible 3
  • Theo 487 Planning Adult Education in the Parish 3

Total Hours: 30

English                                                                                             

  • Eng 221 Intermediate Writing 3
  • Eng 231 Studies in the English Language 3
  • Eng 391 Children’s Literature 3
  • One course from:  3

Eng 326 Poetry Writing (3)
Eng 327 Fiction Writing (3)
Eng 328 Creative Nonfiction Writing (3)
Eng 329 Scriptwriting (3)

  • Eng 341 or 342 or 343 American Literature I/ II/ III 3               
  • Eng 362 or 363 or 364 British Literature I/ II/ III  3
  • One course from:  3

Eng 366 Shakespeare (3)            
Eng 381 World Literature I (3)
Eng 382 World Literature II (3)
Eng 384 World Literature III (3)

  • One course from: 3

Eng 383 Modern Poetry (3)
Eng 385 Psych. & Sociol. Analysis Modern Lit. (3)
Eng 387 Modern and Postmodern Drama (3)

Note: Eng 324 The Nebraska Story or The New England Study Tour may be substituted for any English course, preferably American Literature. Eng 361 The London Literary Tour may be substituted for any English course, preferably British Literature or Shakespeare.

Total Hours: 24

English as a Second Language                                                        

  • Eng 231 Studies in the English Language 3
  • Eng 431 English Language and Linguistics 3
  • Educ 425a ESL/Instruction, Curr. & Assessment 3
  • Educ 425b ESL/Instruction, Curr. & Assessment 3
  • CTA 333 Intercultural Communication 3
  • Educ 398 ESL Practicum or Educ 399 ESL Student Teaching 3
  • Modern Foreign Language 6

Total Hours: 24

General Science                                                                               

Courses approved by department chair. 24

Must include at least six hours of upper-level course work.

Total Hours: 24

Geography                                                                                        

  • Geog 101 Introduction to Human Geography and/or 202 World Regional Geography 3
  • Geog 281 Physical Geography and Geology 4
  • 15–18 hours of geography electives15-18

Students can supplement on-campus courses with Summer Term study tours (three hours). Some hours may have to be taken by independent study. See the department chair.

Total Hours: 25

Health Education                                                                              

  • HHP 181 Elements of Health 3
  • HHP 182 First Aid and CPR 2
  • HHP 366 Health Methods and Curriculum Design 3          
  • HHP 389 Senior Seminar in Health 1
  • HHP 481 School Health Program 3
  • Bio 243 Elements Human Anatomy & Physiology 4

Three to five hours of health topics classes 3-5

  • Minimum of 3 classes from:

HHP 281 Drug Education (1)                                      
HHP 283 Consumer Health (1)                                  
HHP 284 Stress Management (1)                              
HHP 285 Nutrition (1)                                                  
HHP 286 or 287 Men’s/Women’s Health (1)
HHP 288 Health and Aging (1)                                  
HHP 289 Violence and Injury Prevention (1)          
HHP 489 Global Health (2) 1 additional hour optional for study abroad experience        

  • Select four to six hours from the following 4-6 to bring hours to 25:      

HHP 480 Health and Human Sexuality (3)
HHP 482 Applied Epidem. & Hlth. Data Analys. (3)
HHP 484 Community Health (3)
HHP 486 Critical Issues in Health (2)
Bio/HHP 465 Human Diseases (3)

Total Hours: 25-26

History                                                                                              

  • Hist 115 United States History 3
  • Hist 131 World Civilization I 3
  • Hist 132 World Civilization II 3
  • Upper-level history electives* 15

*from U.S. and non-U.S.history, including at least nine hours of U.S. history.     

Total Hours: 24

Life Science (Biology)                                                                       

  • Bio 110 Principles of Biology 4
  • Bio 224 and/or 225 Zoology course 3
  • Bio 317 Ecology and Field Biology 3 
  • Bio 243 Elements of Human Anatomy & Physiology 4               
  • Biology electives* 7-10

*Note: students may choose to take Bio 343 and 344 in place of Bio 243, with only 3-6 additional hours of biology electives needed.                                                

Total Hours: 24

Mathematics                                                                                     

A minimum of 18 hours of coursework with MATH or CS prefixes. Courses approved by department chair.

Total Hours: 18

Mandarin                                                                                          

Chns 301 Advanced Mandarin I (3)
Chns 302 Advanced Mandarin II (3)
Chns 321 Chinese Culture (taught in Mandarin) (3)
Chns 341 Introduction to Reading in Mandarin (3) 

Total Hours: 18

Music                                                                                               

Mu 211 Music History to 1750 (3)                              
Mu 212 Music History since 1750 (3)                        
Mu 213 World Music (3) 

  • One course from: 2

Mu 332 Instrumental Conducting (2)
Mu 333 Choral Conducting (2)                                    

  • Applied Music  4
  • Four hours from:* 4

Mu 232 Male Chorus (1)                                              
Mu 233 Women’s Chorale (1)                                    
Mu 236 University A Cappella Choir (1)                  
Mu 241 University Symphonic Band (1)                    
Mu 242 University Concert Band (1)                          

Students with previous piano experience may schedule a placement exam with music dept.

*Ensembles may be audited. The number of hours is reduced by up to 4 if ensembles are audited.

Total Hours: 30

Physical Education                                                                             

HHP 135 Track and Field
HHP 152 Badminton
HHP 154 Golf
HHP 156 Tennis
HHP 157 Bowling
HHP 158 Racquet Ball

  • One team activity class from: 0.5

HHP 111 Flag Football
HHP 112 Lacrosse
HHP 116 Basketball
HHP 117 Soccer
HHP 118 Softball
HHP 132 Volleyball

  • One fitness activity class from: 0.5

HHP 161 Aerobic Walking/ Jogging
HHP 162 Aquatic Fitness
HHP 164 Cross Training
HHP 166 Weight Training
HHP 168 Aerobics

  • One leisure activity class from: 0.5

HHP 142 Orienteering
HHP 144 Recreational Sports
HHP 146 Adventure & Cooperative Activities
HHP 147 Alpine Skiing
HHP 148 Beginning Climbing
HHP 149 Wilderness Adventure Activities

  • HHP 182 First Aid and CPR 2
  • HHP 238 Programs in Rhythm and Dance 1
  • HHP 273 Motor Learning and Development 3
  • HHP 291 Foundations of Human Performance 2
  • HHP 365 P.E. in Elementary and Middle School 2
  • HHP 399 Senior Seminar in Human Performance 1
  • HHP 471 Adapted Physical Activity 3
  • Bio 243 Elements of Human Anatomy & Physiology 4
  • One of the following: 3

HHP 228 Programs in Indiv.,/Dual/Team Sports (3)              
HHP 248 Programs in Leisure & Adventure Act. (1)

If HHP 248 is taken (instead of HHP 228), also select one elective from the following:    

HHP 321 Coaching of Football
HHP 322 Coaching of Basketball
HHP 323 Coaching of Softball/Baseball
HHP 325 Coaching of Track
HHP 326 Coaching of Soccer
HHP 327 Coaching of Volleyball
HHP/Bio 385 Physiology of Exercise
HHP 395 Biomechanics
HHP 463 Psychology of Coaching
HHP 491 Management of P.E., Recreation & Sports
HHP 367 Recreational Programming
HHP 494 Measurement & Eval. Human Performan.

Total Hours: 25-26

Physical Science                                                                                   

Total Hours: 24

Self-Directed Concentration (S.D.C.)                                                      

  • Elementary education candidates select courses for their concentration
  • Candidates must provide a written rationale for their course selections
  • 24 hours of coursework is required for any S.D.C.
  • 12 hours of credit must be in upper-level courses (300 and 400 level)
  • A maximum of 6 hours can be used from general education or professional education courses
  • A maximum of 9 hours of upper-level coursework can be transferred from another four-year approved institution.
  • The S.D.C. must be approved by the candidate’s advisor, the department chair, and the Dean
  • A copy of the S.D.C. will be filed with the Registrar’s office for the purpose of graduation degree evaluation
  • A self-directed concentration will not lead to an endorsement or certification for any program not currently offered at Concordia University, Nebraska as an endorsement or certification

Total Hours: 24

Social Science (Geography Emphasis)                                                  

  • Geog 101 Introduction to Human Geography or Geog 202 World Regional Geography 3
  • Geog 281 Physical Geography and Geology 4
  • Geography electives  9
  • Three courses from the following, representing at least two disciplines: 9                      

Hist 131 World Civilization I                                        
Hist 132 World Civilization II                                        
Hist 421 Latin America                                                
Hist 455 East Asian Civilizations                                
Soc 201 Cultural Anthropology                                  
Soc 331 The Family                                                      
PS 111 American Government                                   

Total Hours: 25

Social Science (History Emphasis)                                                        

  • Hist 115 United States History 3
  • Hist 132 World Civilization II 3
  • History Electives including at least one upper-level U.S. history and one upper-level non-U.S history courses 9           
  • Three courses from the following, representing at least two disciplines: 9            

Geog 311 Geography of North America                  
Geog 331 Geography of Europe                                
Geog 341 Geography of Asia
Soc 201 Cultural Anthropology                                  
PS 111 American Government                                   

Total Hours: 24

Social Science (Sociology Emphasis)                                                   

  • Soc 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
  • Soc 331 The Family 3
  • Sociology Electives 9
  • Three courses from the following, representing at least two disciplines: 9            

Geog 202 World Regional Geography                      
Geog 315 Environmental Science                              
Geog 391 Urban Geography
Hist 132 World Civilization II                                        
Hist 309 Isolation to WW II                                          
Hist 410 US History Since 1945                                
Hist 417 African American History                            
Hist 421 Latin America                                                
Hist 455 East Asian Civilizations                                
PS 111 American Government                                   

Total Hours: 24

Social Science (Multicultural Studies Emphasis)                              

  • Geog 202 World Regional Geography 3
  • Hist 131 World Civilization I 3
  • Hist 132 World Civilization II 3
  • Soc 201 Cultural Anthropology 3
  • Four courses from the following, representing at least two disciplines: 12     

Geog 331 Geography of Europe                                
Geog 341 Geography of Asia                                      
Hist 417 African American History                            
Hist 421 Latin America
Hist 455 East Asian Civilizations
Soc 221 Social Problems                                            
Soc 361 Social Theory

Total Hours: 24

Spanish                                                                                               

24 hours of an approved, specific sequence of courses. Courses used will vary, depending upon the student’s preparation. Students with little or no background in Spanish will begin with Span 101; those with two or more years of high school Spanish will begin with Span 102 or 201.

Total Hours: 24

Speech/Drama                                                                                  

  • Eng 102 Experiences in Writing 3
  • CTA 151 Introduction to Dramatic Arts 3
  • CTA 154 Creative Drama 3
  • CTA 211 Public Speaking 3
  • CTA 231 Oral Interpretation 3
  • Communication and theatre arts electives 6

Total Hours: 21

World and Intercultural Studies                                                        

  • CTA 333 Intercultural Communication 3
  • Geog 202 World Geography  3
  • Eng 384 World Literature III* or Hist 132 World Civilization II 3
  • HHP 489 Global Health (with service learning trip)   3
  • PS 211 Global Issues 3
  • Soc 201 Cultural Anthropology 3
  • Theo 390 World Religions 3
  • Modern Language course choice 3

*May be replaced with Eng 382 World Literature II if needed.

Total Hours: 24

English as a Second Language-Supplemental Endorsement               

  • Eng 231 Studies in the English Language 3
  • Educ 425a ESL/Instruction, Curr. & Assessment 3
  • Educ 425b ESL/Instruction, Curr. & Assessment 3
  • CTA 333 Intercultural Communication 3
  • Educ 399 ESL Student Teaching  3
  • Modern Foreign Language 3

Students must also present competence in a foreign language equivalent to two years of post-secondary study; the number of hours of language study required is dependent on the student’s particular language study background.

Total Hours: 18

Instrumental Music Endorsement                                                        

  • Mu 102 Aural Skills I 2
  • Mu 103 Music Theory I 3
  • Mu 104 Aural Skills II 2
  • Mu 105 Music Theory II 3
  • Mu 202 Aural Skills III 2
  • Mu 203 Music Theory III 3
  • Mu 204 Aural Skills IV  2
  • Mu 205 Music Theory IV 3
  • Mu 211 Music History to 1750 3
  • Mu 212 Music History since 1750 3
  • Mu 213 World Music 3
  • Mu 303 Arranging 2
  • Mu 331 Basic Conducting 2
  • Mu 332 Instrumental Conducting 2
  • Mu 493 Senior Project 1
  • ChMu 313 Christian Hymnody or ChMu 411 Christian Liturgy 2
  • ScMu 262 Techniques in Woodwinds 2
  • ScMu 263 Techniques in Brass 2
  • ScMu 264 Techniques in Percussion 2
  • ScMu 265 Techniques in Strings 2
  • ScMu 317 Instrumental Literature & Development  2
  • ScMu 328 Methods in Elementary Music 3
  • Principle Instrument 10
  • Keyboard Proficiency                                                       

pass keyboard proficiency exam                               

  • Voice Proficiency: satisfy level of MuAp 151               
  • Instrumental Ensembles 7

Symphonic or Concert Band (may audit; required in each of 7 semesters)

  • Small ensemble requirement: see the Music Student Handbook
  • Recital Attendance: See the Music Student Handbook              

Note: This leads to an endorsement in the State of Nebraska. All students who wish to receive a teaching endorsement in music make formal application for admittance as a music major during their first year at Concordia. See the Music Student Handbook for admission and retention procedures.

The number of hours is reduced by up to 7 if ensembles are audited.

Total Hours: 68

Vocal Music Endorsement                                                                               

  • Mu 102 Aural Skills I 2
  • Mu 103 Music Theory I 3
  • Mu 104 Aural Skills II 2
  • Mu 105 Music Theory II 3
  • Mu 202 Aural Skills III 2
  • Mu 203 Music Theory III 3
  • Mu 204 Aural Skills IV  2
  • Mu 205 Music Theory IV 3
  • Mu 211 Music History to 1750 3
  • Mu 212 Music History since 1750 3
  • Mu 213 World Music 3
  • Mu 303 Arranging 2
  • Mu 331 Basic Conducting 2
  • Mu 333 Choral Conducting 2
  • Mu 334 Choral Literature and Development 2
  • Mu 493 Senior Project 1
  • ChMu 313 Christian Hymnody or ChMu 411 Christian Liturgy 2
  • ScMu 328 Methods in Elementary Music 3
  • Principle Instrument 10
  • Keyboard Proficiency                                                       

pass keyboard proficiency exam                               

  • Voice Proficiency: satisfy level of MuAp 251               
  • Choral Ensembles 7

(may audit; required in each of 7 semesters)

  • Small ensemble requirement: see the Music Student Handbook
  • Recital Attendance: See the Music Student Handbook              

 

Note: This leads to an endorsement in the State of Nebraska. All students who wish to receive a teaching endorsement in music make formal application for admittance as a music major during their first year at Concordia. See the Music Student Handbook for admission and retention procedures.

The number of hours is reduced by up to 7 if ensembles are audited. 

Total Hours: 60

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.