Prepare to teach—Prepare to make a difference

When you're a student of the Elementary Education program, our main focus is on your growth as a servant leader, reflective practitioner, and lifelong learner.

Credits 126
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All courses offered face-to-face on Ann Arbor's campus.

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Program Overview

Early childhood is a vital age, when children are so full of wonder, and it’s the time to lay the groundwork for their entire educational experience. This academic program will prepare you to be an elementary educator, and get you ready to work with children from birth through grade three in a variety of settings. Faith is integrated through every step, so communication, compassion, and love will aid you in your fulfilling future career with children.

What to Expect

In this program, you will work toward becoming a licensed elementary teacher, with options that would allow you to teach in Lutheran, Christian, or public school settings. During your time at Concordia, you will take classes in both liberal arts and early childhood education so that you will be well prepared to teach all subjects in an elementary classroom. Your program will include fieldwork, practicums, and student teaching to give you real experience and practice for your future vocation! Your elementary education professors know you by name and prepare you for a career of lifetime satisfaction to make a positive impact on children’s lives. The capstone of the Elementary Education program is the student teaching experience.  During your final semester, you will work with an experienced cooperating teacher to plan, teach, and take on the full responsibility of a classroom teacher.  Under the direction of a university supervisor, you will have the opportunity to gain confidence in your own craft as a teacher.  

Concentrations / Specializations

Do you want to become a certified elementary school teacher? Concordia has two options for you to choose from:

Option 1

Major in one of the content areas listed below:

  • Social Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Language Arts
  • Integrated Science

Certification
Completion of the Elementary Education program and a passing grade on the Elementary Education test of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC), leads to certification by the State of Michigan to teach all subjects in grades kindergarten to 5 and all subjects in grades 6-8 in self-contained classrooms. When you pass the MTTC test in one of the content areas listed above, you'll also certified to teach that subject area in departmentalized settings in grades 6-8.

Option 2

Major in Elementary Education and choose a specialty below:

  • Early Childhood Education (ECE) Minor
  • Special Education - Learning Disabilities Major
  • Spanish Minor
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Minor

Certification
Completion of the Elementary Education program and a passing grade on the Elementary Education test of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC), lead to certification by the State of Michigan to teach all subjects in grades kindergarten to 5 and all subjects in grades 6-8 in self-contained classrooms. When you pass the MTTC test in the specialty area listed above, you'll also receive a certificate endorsement for that area.

Locations
  • Ann Arbor

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