It helps you to make that critical jump from the mindset of a student—which our brains have been programmed to all our lives—to the mindset of a teacher.
Ashley Canfield came to Concordia for the art program. She quickly changed her major, however, after learning about the education program. “Ultimately I chose it because it became clear that it was the direction God was leading me,” Ashley says. Now, the middle level education major is studying education with emphases in art and Spanish.
Ashley’s favorite thing about the education classes at Concordia is that there is no waiting to get out in the field. “I love how they get you plugged into the classroom right away,” she says. “They start you out slowly by simply having you observe in classes. It is a very natural transition from there all the way up to your student teaching.”
And getting into the classroom right away is what sealed the deal for Ashley. “Getting into the classroom right away allows you to see if this job is really for you,” she says, “and it helps you to make that critical jump from the mindset of a student—which our brains have been programmed to all our lives—to the mindset of a teacher.”