B.S.Ed. Early Childhood Birth-3rd Grade Inclusive Education

Major Teaching Endorsement

The early childhood education program at Concordia University, Nebraska equips teacher candidates with a current and well-researched curriculum to help you teach children at a critical stage in their growth and development.  

In addition to adding the supplemental early childhood endorsement to an elementary teaching degree, Concordia Nebraska also offers a stand-alone, birth through third grade inclusive program. With this degree, you will be able to teach and provide services to infants, toddlers, preschoolers and Kindergarten through third grade children, including those with special developmental or learning needs. 

Early Childhood Birth-3rd Grade Inclusive Education Courses

125 credit hours
100% career outcome rate1
12:1 Student-to-faculty ratio

Guide children through the most crucial stage in their development with a degree in early childhood education.

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Program Highlights


Concordia’s education program prepares teachers to lead, teach and serve from a foundation of faith that asserts the value of every individual. Education majors will sharpen their God-given gifts as they learn to minister to future students, families, churches and communities.   

The undergraduate education programs at Concordia are approved by the Nebraska Department of Education and lead to a teaching certificate from the State of Nebraska. 

Field Experience 
To complete your required 100 hours of field experience, you will be intentionally placed in a variety of classrooms and schools throughout your four years here. That way, you get first-hand experience that aligns with what you are learning in your college classroom. 

Student Teaching 
Concordia is one of only a handful of universities that provides education majors with two unique student teaching experiences: 

  • 8 weeks Student teaching in a local school 
  • 8 weeks Student teaching in a different town, state or country 

This approach provides education majors with diverse experience in a school setting with new students and teachers, often in a location they have never been to. 

Elementary Education Program Director 

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Dr. Drew Gerdes

Assistant Professor of Education, Early Childhood Education Program Director, Director of Student Teaching

Department of Education

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Maddie Owen
Arcadia, Iowa

I have the opportunity to set that foundation and help kids grow and love learning at a young age. That’s such an important stage in life, and Concordia’s Education department is preparing me for it.


Concordia University, Nebraska is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 

All education programs leading to teacher certification or endorsement are approved by the Nebraska Department of Education and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation. 

Degree Goals

An early childhood birth-3rd grade inclusive education graduate from Concordia University, Nebraska will be able to:  

  • Plan a developmentally appropriate curriculum for an inclusive and diverse early childhood classroom 
  • Develop strong interpersonal skills, self-awareness of teaching dispositions and methods, critical thinking and the flexibility and care needed to be a successful early childhood educator. 
  • Identify major theories and theorists in the field of early childhood education as well as social and ethical issues that affect children and their families. 
  • Express themselves professionally in writing and oral communication, particularly as it pertains to communicating with young children and families. 

Optional Teaching Diplomas

Lutheran Teacher Diploma (LTD): For students who wish to be commissioned ministers who teach in schools of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod 

Christian Teacher Diploma (CTD): For students who wish to teach in Christian parochial schools 

International Teaching Diploma (ITD): For students who wish to teach in international schools 


  • Birth to Kindergarten

Career Outcomes

Early Childhood Teacher 

  • Understand how children develop 
  • Plan appropriate activities and effective lessons 
  • Work with each student to discover the most effective way of teaching and nurturing 

Childcare Center Director 

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of a preschool or childcare center 
  • Train and supervise staff 
  • Maintain licensing and accreditation standards for the facility 
  • While you are eligible in most states to be a center director with an undergraduate degree, it is recommended that you also earn a master’s degree in early childhood education. 

Child and Family Advocate 

  • Assist families with childcare and parenting strategies to help them navigate through times of crisis or difficulty 
  • Assess the eligibility of families for community services 
  • Help families find the right support systems 


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