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.

  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • K-12 Education
  • Secondary Education (5-12)
  • Secondary Education (9-12)
    • Science Education
  • Coaching
  • World Language and Culture (K-8) | Add-on endorsement
    • Chinese
    • French
    • German
    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Core Content Areas (5-8) | Add-on endorsement
    • Communication Arts/Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies
  • General Science (5-8) | Add-on endorsement
    • Available for biology, chemistry or physics majors only

Degree Requirements and Courses

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.

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 four 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 (except those seeking licensure in Latin) 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:

  • 4 additional credits in Spanish, 300-level or above 
  • A minimum of one semester of study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country is strongly recommended.

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 OR MUS 427/428

8 credits from Contextual Studies, including 2 courses from the following:

8 credits from Contextual Studies courses including at least one of the following:

2 credits from Creative Applications courses

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.

  • 12 credits of private instruction or class piano (12 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 in private instruction. 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 ensemble is required each semester of enrollment.

  • One appearance each year in a general student recital or studio recital

The requirements for a major in music (K-12 music education) leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree are 40 credits (instrumental emphasis) or 42 credits (vocal emphasis) in music, plus 12 private instruction credits and ensemble participation, and 39 credits in education (instrumental emphasis) or 35 credits in education (vocal emphasis).

Concentrations

Instrumental Emphasis

Vocal Emphasis

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

The requirements for a major in music education (K-12 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 in education (vocal emphasis).

Concentrations

Instrumental Emphasis

Vocal Emphasis

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

Students seeking licensure to teach physicsmust 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.

Required Courses