B.S.Ed. Middle Level Education


The middle level education program at Concordia University, 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 can choose to specialize in: 

  • math  
  • science 
  • social science 
  • Spanish 
  • health and physical education   

to connect with your subject-area passions, which you can share with your future students. 

Middle Level Education Courses

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

Gain exceptional knowledge about young adolescents and their developmental abilities in and out of the classroom. 

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Program Highlights


The middle level education program at Concordia University, Nebraska equips students with exceptional knowledge about young adolescents and their developmental abilities in and out of the classroom. The middle level program also helps students develop great teaching skills for both self-contained and departmentalized middle school environments so they can lead and share the Gospel in their future schools.   

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. 

Middle Level Education Program Director 

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Dr. Amy Stradtmann

Associate Professor of Education, Director of Middle Level Education

Department of Education

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Lana Blakeman
Lincoln, Nebraska

Everything we learn in our middle level education classes is relevant to what we'll be doing in the future. The classes are super engaging and hands-on.


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

A middle level education graduate from Concordia University, Nebraska will be able to:  

  • Demonstrate essential knowledge of middle level school curriculum standards 
  • Understand cognitive development of children and adolescents in middle level grades as it relates to students’ intellectual, social and personal growth 
  • Successfully plan, implement and evaluate classroom differentiated instruction to effectively maximize middle level students’ learning potentials, including the use of differentiation, instructional technology and literacy 
  • Continually improve their professional growth through the practice of inquiry and reflection as a middle level 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 

Content Teaching Areas

  • Literacy (English Language Arts) 
  • Health and Physical Education 
  • Mathematics 
  • Science 
  • Social Sciences 
  • Spanish 

Career Outcomes

Middle 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 determine the most effective method of teaching  

School Counselor 

  • Assist students with school-related issues such as selecting classes, dealing with academic difficulties and social problems 
  • Help students develop academic goals and deal with personal, social and behavioral issues 
  • Concordia Nebraska’s master’s degree in school counseling can help you on your path to becoming a school counselor 

Instructional Coordinator 

  • Develop curricula for school systems and help teachers develop new strategies and techniques 
  • Develop educational materials and work to implement them with teachers and principals as well as assessing their effectiveness 
  • To become an instructional coordinator, you would need to earn your masters degree 



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