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Associate Professor of Education, Program Director of Secondary Education

Department of Education
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As an educator for more than 20 years, Dr. Kristen Nugent has served Concordia University, Nebraska since 2015, where she teaches Diverse Classrooms and Human Relations, Classroom Organization and Leadership, World Language Methods and secondary/K-12 Student Teaching Seminar. She also advises secondary education students.

Nugent earned her Ph.D. in educational studies, with an emphasis on world language teaching methods from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2016. Previously, she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Chicago, before teaching high school French in Illinois and Nebraska for 12 years. She also earned a bachelor’s in secondary education and secondary French endorsement from UNL and a master of arts in French from Middlebury College in Vermont and Paris.

Dr. Nugent enjoys spending time with her husband, three sons and their adorable dog. She is passionate about the arts, reading and learning, dancing to 80s music while she cooks dinner and traveling internationally. She continually seeks to find more time to engage with issues of social justice at her church and in the community.

Recent Publications: 
Exploring the Teaching of Culture in the Foreign Language Classroom Within the Context of Collaborative Professional Development:  A Critical Participatory Action Research Study—published in Educational Action Research in 2019. 

I enjoy collaboration with my colleagues and the ability to design courses that fulfill current educational best practices to serve church and world.

Dr. Kristen Nugent's Academic Programs

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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.

    Middle Level Education

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    Secondary Education

    With a degree in secondary education from Concordia University, Nebraska, you will be equipped to teach grades 7-12, encouraging intellectual and emotional growth at a critical time in the lives of your students. You’ll engage in rich coursework, collaborate with faculty and gain invaluable experience first shadowing a professional teacher and then teaching in your own high school classroom.

    Secondary Education