A great education begins with a great teacher. CUAA’s rigorous Elementary Education program helps you build the subject area knowledge and the soft skills you’ll need to become a truly exceptional teacher who can make a difference in the lives of young learners. Our School of Education prepares you to be a positive, effective servant leader in both the church and the community.

The CUAA Advantage

A bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from CUAA offers you more than a diploma. It offers you:

  • A Lutheran higher education community committed to developing you in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and the world
  • Field-based practice and clinical experience
  • A curriculum in compliance with all standards and requirements of the Michigan State Department of Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the professional organizations governing the major and minor content specialty areas
  • Small class sizes and individual attention
  • An emphasis on servant leadership

Learning Outcomes

As a CUAA Elementary Education graduate, you’ll enter the classroom with the knowledge needed to:

  • Teach the four content areas addressed in K-5 programs: Language Arts, Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies
  • Establish caring, supportive relationships with students, families and colleagues
  • Plan lessons, measure learning and manage a classroom
  • Teach struggling readers and writers
  • Be a model of respect and acceptance for students in diverse classroom settings
  • Understand child development including the birth process, parenting, individual differences, and emotional and intellectual development
  • Complete a full semester of student teaching during your final semester
  • Use technology in the classroom

Majors/Minors

You’ll complete either a major or a major and a minor in addition to the full sequence of elementary education courses.

Majors:

  • Integrated Science
  • Mathematics
  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies

Minors

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Integrated Science
  • History
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish

Advanced Degrees

CUAA offers the following master’s programs:

  • Masters of Science Educational Leadership
  • Masters of Science Curriculum and Instruction
  • Master of Science Special Education Learning Disabilities
  • Endorsement in Special Education Learning Disabilities

Career Paths

Careers that pair well with an Elementary Education degree

  • Elementary school teacher
  • Middle school teacher
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Educational researcher

Coursework

The Elementary Education program includes three components - General Studies, Professional Education Studies, and content area studies (a major or a minor(s)). Completion of a fourth component, the Lutheran Teacher Diploma requirements, certifies you to serve in the teaching ministry of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. See our course catalog for all the details.

Certification

Completion of the Elementary Education program (with 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 to 8 in self-contained classrooms. Once you pass the appropriate MTTC content area test, you’ll be qualified to teach in a departmentalized program (grades 6 to 8) in your area(s) of specialization.

Accreditation

Concordia University is accredited by:

  • The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • The Higher Learning Commission


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