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Elementary Education B.S.Ed.  

Major  Minor  Teaching Endorsement  
120 credit hours
100% career outcome rate1
 

Elementary school teachers are compassionate, understanding and kind. They are passionate about teaching and learning. 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. If you want to influence the next generation of students, then a degree in elementary education from Concordia University, Nebraska might be the right choice for you!

As an elementary educator, you are certified to teach children in kindergarten through sixth grade. You will typically spend the day with the same group of students, teaching them foundational skills in a wide variety of subjects. The liberal arts education you will receive at Concordia University, Nebraska, along with subject-specific methodology courses in the education department, will prepare you to be an outstanding elementary school teacher.

Along with being great teachers, elementary educators need to be exceptional leaders who strive to build enthusiastic, stimulating and inclusive classroom environments. Children thrive in settings where they feel valued and cared for. You will have the opportunity to help students build relationships, develop social skills and begin positive learning habits that will equip them for success as life-long learners.

Within the elementary education program at Concordia University, Nebraska, you have the opportunity to specialize in an additional area. Along with your elementary education endorsement, you can also become endorsed in an area like Early Childhood Education, Middle Level Education, Special Education, or English as a Second Language. Having multiple endorsements broadens the ages and types of classrooms that you can teach in the future.

At Concordia Nebraska, 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. You will work closely with elementary education teachers who are experts in their field, as well as your professors and teacher mentors, so you are equipped to teach right after graduation.

Become an elementary education teacher and change the lives of your students!

12:1
Student-to-faculty ratio

90%
Faculty with terminal degree

I was surprised by how friendly and approachable all of my professors were. You’ll find a lot of really caring people in the education department who are interested in your personal well-being, as well as your academic success.
Sarah Brutlag
St. Louis, Missouri
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Core Concepts

The elementary education program at Concordia University, Nebraska prepares passionate teachers at the elementary level (Kindergarten through sixth grade) who are equipped to be effective educators, leaders and learners who promote student growth and learning in their classrooms.

Concordia NebraskaElementary Education: Learning Objectives

Students will be able to analyze and apply elementary education learning principles, knowledge or individual learner characteristics and teaching strategies.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of cognitive, affective and motor development of children and adolescents in elementary grades as they relate to students’ intellectual, social and personal growth.​​​​​

Students will communicate elementary education principles effectively in oral communication, written materials and instructional technology.

Students will plan instruction based on knowledge of elementary education, students in the community and state performance standards.

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Concordia NebraskaElementary Education: Program Goals

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Students will demonstrate essential knowledge of elementary school curriculum standards, specifically related to reading, writing, science, math and social studies.

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Students will be able to successfully plan, implement and evaluate classroom differentiated instruction to effectively maximize elementary students’ learning potentials, including the use of instructional technology and literacy.

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Students will demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and skills for effectively assessing elementary school children’s learning in the classroom.

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Students will continually improve their professional growth through the practice of inquiry and reflection as an elementary classroom teacher and leader.

Concordia Nebraska Elementary Education: Career Outcomes

Guidance Counselor

School guidance counselors help guide children through academic, personal, parental and social pressures. As a counselor, you would help the students in your school reach their full potential, acting as an advocate for their mental health and a valuable resource for their educational advancement. Concordia Nebraska’s master’s degree in school counseling can help you on your path to becoming a school counselor.

8% Annual Growth Rate2
$33,610 Entry-Level Salary2
$56,310 Mid-Level Salary2
$94,690 Late-Level Salary2

Curriculum Developer

Elementary curriculum developers work with classroom teachers to help them develop instructional materials, observe teachers to make recommendations to increase student performance and may be involved in training elementary teachers. As a curriculum developer, you would interpret state guidelines and make changes to school curricula to ensure elementary schools meet state standards.

6% Annual Growth Rate2
$46,550 Entry-Level Salary2
$62,300 Mid-Level Salary2
$83,240 Late-Level Salary2

Elementary School Teacher

As an elementary school teacher, you would instruct students in basic academic, social and other formative skills in a public or private school. You would be responsible for creating inclusive lesson plans, implementing a curriculum and working with each of your students to discover the most effective way of teaching and nurturing them.

7.4% Annual Growth Rate2
$37,340 Entry-Level Salary2
$57,160 Mid-Level Salary2
$92,770 Late-Level Salary2

Concordia NebraskaElementary Education: Related Programs

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Art Education

A degree in art education from Concordia University, Nebraska gives you a broad range of skills with studio- and design-based courses that provide models for both learning and leading in a classroom. Coupled with course work in art history, you will gain exposure to a variety of media, technology, and art methods, all of which prepare you to be an art educator in a classroom or any number of other settings.

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Early Childhood Education

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 by creating an education program specific to their needs. 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.

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Middle Level Education

The middle level education program at Concordia Nebraska connects theory with practice to prepare graduates to teach grades 5 through 9 in both self-contained and departmentalized classrooms. As a middle level education major, you will choose from among math, science, social sciences and language arts and have the opportunity to add a second subject from those or Spanish, physical education and ELL/ESL, allowing your passion for teaching to connect with your subject-area passions, which you can share with your students.

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Christian Education Leadership

The Christian education leadership major from Concordia University, Nebraska can help you serve Christ’s church through education as a Director of Christian education (DCE), youth or camp ministry leader, Christian teacher or as a national or international missionary by equipping you to bring Christian values and leadership to God’s people in a church or school.

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1 Recent graduates attending graduate school or employed within six months of graduation.

2 Career salary and wages sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.