Learn from professors who have years of experience teaching in both private and public schools, and who regularly increase their experience through classroom observation, instruction and research. Our professors will take time for you and address your goals and concerns. Concordia faculty want to see you succeed and will guide you to find your passion as you pursue your education degree.

With an average class size of 18 students, personal instruction is the norm – not the exception. Our faculty focus on the students' learning as an engaging experience, preparing them for their own classroom one day. 

Programs of Study

At Concordia, you can make the most of your interests by specializing in an area that suits you best. Not sure what you want to study? Set up a meeting with your advisor or visit the Center for Student Success. With a variety of options, we want you to find your best fit at Concordia.

Degree Requirements and Courses

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

4 credits in each of the following seven studio areas:

  • Two 2-credit intermediate studio courses, as concentration areas (ART 401-409)
  • Successful completion of the secondary/K-12 required coursework (35 credits)

Senior art teaching majors are expected to participate in the Senior Art Exhibition. It is recommended that HART 155 – History in Art be taken during the freshman or sophomore year. The teaching major in art qualifies graduates to teach art from kindergarten through grade 12.

This major prepares students to be recommended by the Concordia College department of education for Minnesota licensure to teach art in grades K-12. To be eligible to complete this major, the student must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. (See education pages for program information, requirements and course descriptions.)

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

Students seeking licensure to teach biology must also fulfill the requirements for a major in education. See education for requirements. For additional information about teaching biology, see the biology department chair or the chair of education.

General Science add-on education endorsement: Students majoring in biology and earning a licensure for teaching may complete an add-on option for grades 5-8 licensure. See the education section for further information.

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

Students seeking licensure to teach chemistry must also fulfill the requirements for a major in education. See the education section for requirements. For additional information about teaching chemistry, see the chemistry department chair or the education department chair.

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

Students seeking licensure to teach Chinese must also fulfill the requirements for a major in education. See the education section for requirements. For additional information about the teaching licensure in Chinese, see the chair of world languages and cultures or the chair of education.

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

Coaching minors should note that PSYC 111 or 212 is a prerequisite for PSYC 345.

Students double majoring in physical education and health education with a minor in coaching must substitute two additional credits for HLTH 143 with the permission of the department chair (HLTH 143 can only be double counted).

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

  • Student teaching, 12 credits (see individual major or program for appropriate course number) 
  • Content specific methods of teaching course (see individual major or program), 4 to 8 credits

Completion of the education coursework component should be taken in the sequence outlined below. Please refer to individual course descriptions for pre- and corequisites. 

First year:

  • No EDUC prefix courses taken

Second year: first or second semester, or first summer session

Third year:

  • The appropriate content specific methods of teaching course. Each course is offered either fall or spring semester and is taken the same semester as EDUC 352.

Fourth year: first or second semester

The following courses are to be taken concurrently:

  • The appropriate student teaching course (EDUC 494, 495, 498 or 499)

Add-on Endorsement Options for Education Majors

K-8 World Language and Culture Endorsement License 

Students majoring in education have the option of completing an add-on endorsement in one of the three world languages. Each add-on endorsement program prepares students to be recommended for licensure in that world language in grades K-8. Each add-on endorsement requires a separate application for licensure. All students must attain the intermediate-high level of oral proficiency. 

World Languages – French requires 26 to 28 credits:

World Languages – German requires 26 credits:

World Languages – Spanish requires 30 credits:

Prerequisite: SPAN 211 – Intermediate Spanish I, 4 credits, or placement at a higher level. Students who place at 212 or the 300 level may complete the endorsement in fewer than 30 credits. 

Required Courses:

Middle Level Endorsement in Core Content Areas

Education majors who complete an endorsement in one of the core content areas are eligible to be recommended for licensure in that content area. The Minnesota Board of Teaching requires that students seeking endorsement for core content areas complete a minimum of four weeks of student teaching in that content area. Students may complete multiple endorsements.

Communication Arts/Literature 5-8 Endorsement requires 32 credits:

One course from the following:

Mathematics 5-8 Endorsement requires 32 credits:

  • Four additional credits from mathematics or computer science

Science 5-8 Endorsement requires 36 credits:

Social Studies 5-8 Endorsement requires 32 credits.

4 credits from the following history courses:

And these courses:

  • Four additional credits from psychology, sociology, economics, history, geography or political science

Add-on Endorsement in General Science 

Students majoring in biology, chemistry, or physics have the option of completing an add-on endorsement in General Science. This add-on endorsement program of study prepares students to be recommended for licensure in science in grades 5-8 in addition to their 9-12 license in biology, chemistry, or physics. This add-on endorsement requires a separate application for licensure. 

General Science requires 32 credits:

  • CHEM 127-128 – General Chemistry I and II, 4 credits each OR 
  • CHEM 137-138 – Honors Chemistry I and II, 4 credits each
  • PHYS 111-112 – General College Physics I and II, 4 credits each OR 
  • PHYS 128-211 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and II, 4 credits each

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

Students seeking licensure to teach German must also fulfill the requirements for a major in education. See the education section for requirements. For additional information about the teaching licensure in German, see the chair of world languages and cultures or the chair of education.

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

Students seeking licensure to teach mathematics must complete the common and Group 2 requirements listed within the mathematics major and also fulfill the requirements for a major in education.

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

  • MUS 425-426 – Choral Conducting I and II, 2 credits each

OR 

  • MUS 427-428 – Instrumental Conducting I and II, 2 credits each

These course listings:

8 credits from Contextual Studies, including 2 courses from:

And at least one of the following:

You must also take:

  • 2 credits from Creative Applications courses
  • 12 credits from non-music elective courses (Bachelor of Music students whose primary instrument is piano are required to take MUS 473 – Methods and Materials for Teaching Piano and MUS 474 – Piano Literature in place of one credit of non-music electives.) 
  • Successful completion of the K-12 required coursework (see Education: Curriculum In Secondary/K-12 Education)

In order to receive the endorsement of the music department, music education students must pass the piano proficiency exam prior to, or during the semester preceding student teaching.

  • 20 credits of private instruction
    • 16 credits of private instruction in voice or the student’s major instrument (eight 2-credit courses)
    • 4 credits of private instruction in a minor instrument or class piano (four 1-credit courses)

Instrumental music education majors must demonstrate competence in voice, usually accomplished through taking MUS 431 – Voice Class, which may count as one of the 1-credit courses required for a minor instrument. String education majors with violin or viola as their primary instrument are required to take one semester of private instruction on cello/bass. String education majors with cello or bass as their primary instrument are required to take one semester of private instruction on violin/viola. It is highly recommended that vocal music education students register for MUS 121 – English Diction, 1 credit.

  • 0 credits in ensemble (eight semesters). Participation in an appropriate ensemble as designated by the music faculty and as related to the major area of study is required each semester of enrollment.
  • Nine student recitals:
    • one appearance each year in a general student recital or studio recital
    • a full recital in the major instrument in the senior year (MUS 482 – Senior Recital/Project, 2 credits)

Concentrations

Instrumental Emphasis

Vocal Emphasis

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

  • MUS 425-426 – Choral Conducting I and II, 2 credits each

OR

  • MUS 427-428 – Instrumental Conducting I and II, 2 credits each

Course Listings:

8 credits from contextual studies courses including 2 courses from:

And at least one of the following:

  • 2 credits from creative applications courses

  • 12 credits from non-music elective courses (Bachelor of Music students whose primary instrument is piano are required to take MUS 473 – Methods and Materials for Teaching Piano and MUS 474 – Piano Literature in place of one credit of non-music electives.)

  • Successful completion of the secondary/K-12 required coursework (see Education: Curriculum in Secondary/K-12 Education)

In order to receive the endorsement of the music department, music education students must pass the piano proficiency exam prior to, or during the semester preceding student teaching.

  • 20 credits of private instruction
  • 16 credits of private instruction in voice or the student’s major instrument (eight 2-credit courses)
  • 4 credits of private instruction in a minor instrument or class piano (four 1-credit courses)

The requirements for a major in music education leading to a Bachelor of Music degree are 42 credits (instrumental emphasis) or 48 credits (vocal emphasis) in music, plus 20 private instruction credits and ensemble participation, and 39 credits in education (instrumental emphasis) or 35 credits (vocal emphasis):

Concentrations

Instrumental Emphasis

The requirements for a major in music education leading to a Bachelor of Music degree with an instrumental emphasis are 42 credits in music, plus 20 private instruction credits and ensemble participation, and 39 credits in education.

Instrumental music education majors must demonstrate competence in voice, usually accomplished through taking MUS 431 – Voice Class, which may count as one of the 1-credit courses required for a minor instrument. String education majors with violin or viola as their primary instrument are required to take one semester of private instruction on cello/bass. String education majors with cello or bass as their primary instrument are required to take one semester of private instruction on violin/viola. It is highly recommended that vocal music education students register for MUS 121 – English Diction, 1 credit.

  • 0 credits in ensemble (eight semesters). Participation in an appropriate ensemble as designated by the music faculty and as related to the major area of study is required each semester of enrollment.
  • Nine student recitals:
    • one appearance each year in a general student recital or studio recital
    • a full recital in the major instrument in the senior year (MUS 482 – Senior Recital/Project, 2 credits)

Vocal Emphasis

 

The requirements for a major in music education leading to a Bachelor of Music degree with a vocal emphasis are 48 credits in music, plus 20 private instruction credits and ensemble participation, and 35 credits in education.

 

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

Students seeking licensure to teach physics must also fulfill the requirements for a major in education. See the education section for requirements. For additional information about teaching physics, see the physics department chair or the education department chair.

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

Students seeking licensure to teach Spanish must also fulfill the requirements for a major in education. See the education section for requirements. For additional information about the teaching licensure in Spanish, see the chair of world languages and cultures or the chair of education.