Middle Level Education

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Make a difference in the lives of youth for years to come and help change the world with a degree in middle level education from Concordia! In addition to teaching in Christian, Lutheran or public school, graduates will have diverse career opportunities working with youth and families in varied settings.

Concordia University, Nebraska offers a stand-alone middle level program that will certify you to teach in either a departmentalized setting or in a contained classroom setting. In our program, you will gain exceptional knowledge about young adolescents and their developmental abilities in and out of the classroom.


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Middle Level Education Sample Academic Outcomes



  • Science Teacher
  • Physical Science Teacher
  • Elementary Physical Education Teacher
  • Youth Ministry Director
  • English Teacher

Student Teachers

  • Immanuel Lutheran School
  • St. Paul Lutheran School
  • Grace Lutheran School
  • Our Savior Lutheran School
  • St. John Lutheran School
  • Prince of Peace Christian

Employed 6 months post graduation

In grad school 6 months post graduation

Middle Level 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.


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.

International Student Teaching
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.

Middle Level Education Sample Course Schedule

Semester 1

  • Educ 101 Teaching as a Profession
    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.
  • Gen Ed 9 credit hours
  • Content Area 6 Credit Hours

Semester 2

  • EDPS 210 Educational Psychology and General Methods
    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
    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.
  • Gen Ed 7 credit hours
  • Content Area 6 Credit Hours

Semester 3

  • Educ 211 Middle Level Seminar I
    An exploration of middle level curriculum, students, and organizational patterns, intended to introduce middle level concepts to individuals interested in pursuing a middle level endorsement. Action research will necessitate out-of-class time involving middle level students, faculty and parents. Sem I only.
  • Psy 324 Psychology of Exceptionality
    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.
  • Gen Ed 7 credit hours
  • Content Area 6 Credit Hours

Semester 4

  • Educ 346 Instructional Technology
    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.
  • Gen Ed 7 credit hours
  • Content Area 6 Credit Hours

Semester 5

  • Educ 424 Differentiated Instruction
    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.
  • Educ 425a English as a Second Language (ESL) Instruction, Curriculum, and Assessment (Part 1)
    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.
  • Psy 422 Psychology and Development of the Young Adolescent
    The course focuses on 10 to 15-year olds as they are beginning the transformation from childhood to adolescence. Targeted developmental areas are physical/sexual, social, spiritual, emotional, and cognitive development.
  • Content Area 8-10 credit hours

Semester 6

  • Eng 392 Reading Interests of Adolescents
    Reading and discussion of literature appropriate for adolescents. Emphasis on young adult literature. Insights into using literature in the classroom.
  • Psy 421 Adolescent Psychology and Development
    The course presents an arranged sequence of psychological and development theories, concepts, and insights designed to inform the practitioner working with adolescents. The content and class interaction cumulatively examine adolescent behavior and belief systems. The aim is to assist the practitioner with grounded yet flexible decision–making when working with young people in the contexts of counseling, teaching, youth ministry, family, and community.
  • Content Area 9-11 credit hours

Semester 7

  • Educ 364 The Teacher Laboratory—Middle Level Methods
    This course emphasizes the preparation for the teaching of mathematics, science, and social studies in the middle level classroom. 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.
  • Educ 470 Content Area Literacy
    Considers the processes of reading in the various subject matter fields by which one recognizes words, copes with specialized vocabulary, comprehends, and uses printed information. Stresses the location of the student’s present reading levels, the selection of instructional techniques to fit the learning style of the student, and the choice of materials appropriate for the ability level, reading levels, and interests of the secondary student. Assists the pre-service teacher in learning how to integrate the teaching of reading skills while teaching specific content. Field Experience required.
  • Theo 381 Christian Teacher’s Ministry
    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.
  • Educ 37* Content Area Methods
  • Content Area 6-8 credit hours

Semester 8

  • Educ 396a/b Student Teaching I/II Middle Level
    Students are assigned to teach grades 4–9 under the direction of the supervising teacher(s) and university supervisor, in the students’ teaching field(s).
  • Educ 401 Middle Level Instruction
    With a focus on the teaching–learning process in various content and skills areas as it pertains to middle level education, technology and resources are considered. Techniques of assessment and evaluation, classroom management, communication with parents and student advising are incorporated.
  • Educ 37* Content Area Methods