Guiding the spiritual and educational needs of today’s young adults

Remember that amazing English teacher you had in high school? The one that made Shakespeare palatable and convinced you to be a teacher? Our Upper Level Secondary Education program is how you become that teacher. Teaching grades 7-12, is a calling that takes energy, talent, and all of your God-given gifts. But the rewards are extraordinary. At this age, young people are maturing, defining their dreams, and yearning to develop their future and their faith. It’s an incredible few years and an amazing opportunity for you to serve as their Christian teacher, mentor, and guide.

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


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Program Overview

Youth in middle school, junior high, and high school are a lively and fun group to teach. They are well on their way to becoming adults, but they’ve also left the door wide open, just waiting for an amazing teacher or mentor to make a thoughtful impact … to encourage their faith walk or ignite their excitement over a particular subject. Concordia’s Upper Level Secondary Education program prepares you to teach grades 7-12 in your selected content area. You also have the opportunity to earn your Lutheran Teaching Diploma, which allows you to teach in Lutheran schools across the country. You can BE that special teacher you remember having so long ago … the one that made a world of difference and helped direct your dreams and solidify your walk with Christ.


CUAA School of Education student, Lilly Alaspa, practices student teaching in a high school classroom with fellow classmates.

What to Expect

Concordia’s Upper Secondary Education program prepares you to teach grades 7-12 in your selected content area. Learn from experienced professors who bring a wealth of knowledge from the Lutheran, Christian, and public education fields. You’ll learn how to design and use teaching methods in your specialty area that will make a meaningful impact in the classroom. In our program, you will learn how to bring faith and learning together in a meaningful way for your students, plan lessons and manage a classroom, use technology and best practices, and be an educator dedicated to service in the classroom, church, and community.

Concentrations / Specializations

Secondary Education candidates must complete a major and a minor in a subject area that the School of Education offers certification in. Concordia’s approved areas for teacher candidates in Secondary Education are described below.


  • English
  • Integrated Science
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies


  • Biology
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Special Education - Learning Disabilities
  • Ann Arbor

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