Elementary Education

B.S.Ed. Minor Available

Elementary school teachers are compassionate, understanding and kind. They are passionate about learning and teaching. Though the job can be challenging, the diligence and commitment of great teachers can inspire and invigorate students at a crucial point in their development.

Through Concordia’s education program, you will be prepared to be an effective teacher, leader, and learner. Because we offer two different 8-week student teaching opportunities, you will get to experience students of different grade levels in different settings around the country and world. Become a teacher and change the lives of your students!

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Elementary Education Sample Academic Outcomes

 

Careers

  • 4th and 5th Grade Teacher
  • 5th Grade Teacher
  • 3rd Grade Teacher
  • 3rd Grade Teacher
  • 3rd and 4th Grade Teacher
  • 1st Grade Teacher

Student Teachers

  • St. Paul Lutheran School
  • Valley Lutheran School
  • St. Paul Elementary School
  • Calvary Lutheran School
  • Saratoga Elementary
  • Salem Lutheran School

Elementary Education Faculty

Student Teaching

Concordia’s student teaching program gives you the opportunity to gain real-world experience in classrooms.
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First Semester

Teach in schools around Seward and continue to take classes on campus while learning the skills necessary to become an innovative and effective teacher.

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Second Semester

Assume more teaching responsibility and complete your training nationally, giving you valuable experience to take into your own future classroom.

Become a Director of Christian Education

Share the Gospel and use your teaching ministry in a congregational setting!

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The Ministry of Teaching

If you are a confirmed member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and wish to serve as a rostered member of the teaching ministry, Concordia can help you obtain a Lutheran Teacher Diploma, which will make you eligible for a call in a Lutheran school.

If you would like to be able to teach in a Christian school that is not associated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, you may wish to receive a Christian Teacher Diploma, which will prepare you for your teaching ministry.

Field Experience

At Concordia you're offered the opportunity to gain valuable field experience in local schools, camps, and at the People’s City Mission in Lincoln. This exposure gives you a chance to practice your educational skills and also equips you to be ministers of the Gospel.

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CASE

Concordia Association of Students in Education is a helpful, informative, and exciting organization for any aspiring teacher. In its monthly meetings, CASE provides opportunities for you to learn more about issues that may affect your future classrooms.

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International Student Teaching

Opportunities are available for student teaching at Lutheran international or Christian schools in places like Hong Kong, Shanghai, Latin America, or Australia. Education students have also gained summer internship and practicum experience in Africa, Asia, eastern Europe, and Latin America.

Elementary Education Sample Course Schedule

Semester 1

  • Educ 101 Teaching as a Profession
    3
    Introduces a broad picture of K–12 teaching as a career in Lutheran schools, other private schools and public schools. Students will be introduced to the teacher education program and guided in the process of application to the program. Participation in at least 10 hours of focused K–12 classroom observations required.
  • Subject Area 5 Credit Hours
    5
  • Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 2

  • EDPS 210 Educational Psychology and General Methods
    2
    The essential conditions (factors) which facilitate learning and transfer; theories of learning, general and specific abilities, the importance of self-esteem, best practices in the evaluation of aptitude, achievement and other aspects of human development.
  • Educ 201 Introduction to Education
    3
    An orientation to the field of education with an emphasis on the service role of the teacher. Historical, philosophical, and sociological foundations of American public and private education are explored. Current trends and issues are examined.
  • Subject Area 5 Credit Hours
    5
  • Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 3

  • Psy 211 Child Development and Psychology
    2
    An in-depth study of factors influencing the development and behavior of children from conception through adolescence.
  • Psy 324 Psychology of Exceptionality
    3
    This is a survey course which attempts to develop an understanding and appreciation for students with special needs. Characteristics of those with learning disabilities, physical challenges, behavioral disabilities, developmental delays, hearing and vision impairment, and giftedness are studied.
  • Subject Area 5 Credt Hours
    5
  • Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 4

  • Art 301 Methods of Art Education
    2
    Prepares to teach art history, art criticism, art production, and aesthetics in the elementary classroom. Provides opportunity to identify, understand, and evaluate children’s art work. Explores two and three dimensional media and the production of an art curriculum.
  • Educ 346 Instructional Technology
    3
    Technology has changed the way we work and live in such a profound way that the ability to use it effectively has been widely recognized as a new literacy. Students are expected to use technology to create, innovate, critically think, problem solve, communicate, and collaborate. Teachers must possess the knowledge and skills necessary to lead students in using current technologies in a responsible and beneficial way. Most importantly, they must have a fundamental understanding of its importance in teaching and learning, thereby creating a willingness to learn and integrate the technologies of the future. This course will offer a practical and hands-on exploration of using technology in the K-12 classroom.
  • Educ 425a English as a Second Language (ESL) Instruction, Curriculum, and Assessment (Part 1)
    3
    This course introduces the student to the theory and practice of language learning and teaching through discussion and practice of various approaches, methods, and techniques for teaching English as a second language. The student will likewise learn principles of ESL curriculum selection, adaptation, evaluation, and development, and will explore options for the assessment of English language learner proficiency. Special attention is given to modification of content area lessons for English language learners, the growing multiethnic nature of the American classroom, and human relational dispositions and approaches to teaching effectively in a multiethnic classroom.
  • Subject Area 2 Credit Hours
    2
  • Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 5

  • Educ 424 Differentiated Instruction
    2
    The course will prepare teacher candidates to meet the diverse needs of ALL students, including the culturally diverse, gifted, at-risk, second language learner, and those with special needs, in inclusive educational settings. It will provide pre-service teachers an overview of special education and the federal laws which govern the education of these students today. Attention will be focused on the process of identifying the individual needs of students and creating effective teaching techniques to address those needs, primarily through the use of differentiated instruction.
  • Math 301 Concepts of Mathematics II
    3
    An activities approach to studying mathematics concepts in probability, functions and algebra, and numerous topics in geometry. Geometrical topics include two and three-dimensional geometry, constructions, congruences, motion and coordinate geometry symmetries and concepts of measurement.
  • Subject Area 5 Credit Hours
    5
  • Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 6

  • HHP 363 Health Methods in Elementary Education
    1
    Designed for elementary candidates who are not completing a health education concentration or minor. Emphasis is on both the theory and practical demonstration of how to develop a health curriculum and how to teach the curriculum to elementary and middle level students.
  • HHP 364 Physical Education Methods in Elementary Education
    1
    Designed for elementary candidates who are not completing a physical education concentration or minor. Emphasis is on both the theory and practical demonstration of how to develop a physical education curriculum and how to teach the curriculum to elementary and middle level students. A field experience of 10 clock hours is required.
  • Theo 381 Christian Teacher’s Ministry
    2
    The course applies Biblical and theological principles of vocation, ministry, and the two kingdoms to the teacher of the church and the priesthood of all believers. Study of Scripture, standard historical documents, and current practice in calling, placement, and congregational life focuses on the identity of the teaching minister in parochial education and the Christian teaching in public and private education.
  • Subject Area 6 Credit Hours
    6
  • Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 7

  • Educ 461 Literacy Instruction, Assessment and Intervention (formerly Educ 361)
    6
    Emphasizes 1) current theory, research, content, methodology, instructional materials, and classroom organization that relate to teaching the language arts (reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and visually representing); 2) informal and formal assessment that determines reader strengths and needs for purposes of instruction and intervention. A field experience of 30 clock hours in elementary school literacy development is required.
  • Subject Area 4 Credit Hours
    4
  • Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6

Semester 8

  • Educ 363 The Teacher Laboratory—Elementary Methods
    6
    The Teacher Laboratory emphasizes the preparation for the teaching of mathematics, science, social studies and music. The student is involved with others in the process of continual development of attitudes, knowledge and skills needed by classroom teachers as they plan, present and evaluate their lessons and class management. Development of attitudes conducive to projection of a professional image is also an important part of the laboratory experiences. The course consists of in-class sessions, field contact with local schools and some self–paced learning. It is designed to assist prospective teachers in making the transfer to the role of a full teaching professional.
  • Gen Ed 6 Credit Hours
    6