B.S.Ed. Elementary Education

Major Teaching Endorsement

Concordia University, Nebraska’s elementary education program, with subject-specific methodology courses, unique student teaching and field experiences and expert faculty, will prepare you to be an outstanding elementary school teacher. 

Here, you will learn to:  

  • Be an exceptional leader; 
  • Create a stimulating and inclusive classroom environment; 
  • Build relationships with students, parents and administrators; and 
  • Help students develop social skills and learning habits that will equip them for success as lifelong learners. 

Elementary Education Courses

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

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

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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. Shanna Opfer

Associate Professor of Education, Elementary Education Director

Department of Education

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Meet our students

Dorothy Cook
Anchorage, Alaska

There’s so much that goes into being a teacher, and the methods we’re learning to do this job correctly are based on research, which I really appreciate. The professors in this department are phenomenal.


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 elementary education graduate from Concordia University, Nebraska will be able to:  

  • Demonstrate essential knowledge of elementary school curriculum standards, specifically related to reading, writing, science, math and social studies. 
  • Successfully plan, implement and evaluate classroom differentiated instruction to effectively maximize elementary students’ learning potential, including the use of instructional technology and literacy. 
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and skills for effectively assessing elementary school children’s learning in the classroom. 
  • Continually improve their professional growth through the practice of inquiry and reflection as an elementary classroom teacher and leader. 

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 

Supplemental Endorsements

  • American Sign Language 
  • Christian Educational Leadership 
  • Coaching 
  • Early Childhood 
  • English as a Second Language 
  • Information Technology 
  • Middle Level 
  • Special Education 

Subject Concentrations

  • Art 
  • General Science 
  • Language Arts 
  • Mathematics 
  • Modern Language 
  • Multidisciplinary 
  • Music 
  • Physical Education 
  • Social Science 

Career Outcomes

Elementary School Teacher 

  • Instruct students in basic academic, social and other formative skills  
  • Teach in a public, private or Christian school 
  • Create inclusive lesson plans, implement a curriculum and work with each student to discover the most effective method of teaching  

Guidance Counselor 

Curriculum Developer 

  • Develop instructional materials 
  • Observe teachers to make curriculum recommendations to increase student performance 
  • Ensure school curricula meets state guidelines 


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