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Academic Partnerships

Project Management Institute (PMI)

Concordia University has been selected by Project Management Institute (PMI) for an alliance relationship that will benefit students and provide added value to graduates of Concordia’s IT Management degree program by applying project management methodologies within the ITM curriculum. The Concordia/PMI alliance underscores the ITM program’s commitment to preparing student to become better project managers – an increasingly critical skill for IT professionals.


PMI Minnesota PMI-MN Administrator
1821 University Ave. W., Suite S256
Saint Paul, MN 55104-2801


Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative (TC2)

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Mission: The Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative is an innovative partnership that prepares andsupports teachers who are committed to social justice and able to eliminate educational inequities.

The unique Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative (TC2) is part of a significant and progressive effort initiated in 2009 by the Bush Foundation to establish a new paradigm for teaching and learning in Minnesota, to improve teacher effectiveness as a means to reduce educational disparities and increase the number of learners who attend post-secondary school.

Partnership. TC2 is a partnership of six private institutions of higher education in the Twin Cities metropolitan area: Augsburg College, Bethel University, Concordia University Saint Paul, Hamline University, St. Catherine University, and the University of St. Thomas. These institutions share a long and rich history and collectively prepare nearly 20% of all new teachers licensed in Minnesota.

Programs. TC2 teacher preparation initiatives include a strategic recruitment process, a continuum of mentoring and induction, a residency-like preparation model, and embedded assessments. Each area has a work team of P-12 teachers and representatives from each of the TC2 partner organizations.

The TC2 Urban Teacher Residency Program draws upon established best practices to recruit, prepare, place and support teachers in an innovative, integrated system augmented by shared services, resources and strong partnerships with key education stakeholders. Residents are recruited along multiple new pathways to participate in the comprehensive program where they engage in a full academic year of intensive classroom experience with P-12 learners alongside specially trained master teachers. The rigorous program curriculum embodies a set of standards-based learning experiences and assessment activities aligned with the Vision of Effective Teaching (VET) that link coursework (theory) and classroom apprenticeship (practice) to better prepare prospective teachers for success in the urban classroom.

The TC2 Residency program features experiential immersion and embedded coursework and includes:

  • Co-teaching model in which residents learn and share planning, teaching, and assessment activities in classroom placement alongside mentor teachers who have been trained to work with pre-service teacher-candidates
  • Coursework emphasizing cultural competence, constructivist teaching and learning, differentiating instruction for all learners, and the role of social interaction in the construction of knowledge
  • Induction support for up to 3 years after the residency and support through professional learning communities which include residents, university faculty, supervisors, and P-12 personnel
  • Assessment and evaluation to demonstrate effectiveness at each stage of the TC2 preparation continuum; assessment outcomes linked to continuous program improvement
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Concordia University - St. Paul is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Higher Learning Commission Mark of AffiliationHigher Learning Commission - North Central Association

Concordia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. Concordia University, St. Paul has been accredited since 1967, with the most recent reaccreditation granted in 2008.

North Central Association of
Colleges and Schools
Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
(312) 263-0456

NCATE LogoNational Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

All of Concordia University's professional teacher education licensure programs have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1969. The programs were most recently re-accredited in 2008. Concordia University's graduate programs in education are also accredited by NCATE.

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036-1023
(202) 466-7496

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Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

Concordia University, St. Paul is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs to offer the following business degrees: Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in accounting, finance, marketing, a double major in accounting and finance, and a double major in finance and marketing.

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
7007 College Boulevard, Suite 420
Overland Park, Kansas 66211
(913) 339-6226

Minnesota Board of Teaching

All teacher licensure programs are approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching. The most recent approval was completed in 2008.

Minnesota Board of Teaching
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113-4266
(651) 582-8833

Federal Title II Reporting for Teacher Education

As per NCATE and Federal Title II guidelines, Concordia University reports its professional licensure examination pass rates for academic year 2011-2012:

  • Reading Basic Skills =Concordia pass rate, 60.3%
  • Writing Basic Skills = Concordia pass rate, 64.5%
  • Math Basic Skills = Concordia pass rate, 61.9%

Pass rates indicate the percentage of students who completed our education licensure program during 2011-2012 who passed specific portions of the MTLE Basic Skills Tests. Passing these tests are required for licensure as a teacher in the state of Minnesota.

Title II Reporting Year 2010 2011 2012 2013

All Program Completers 2011-2012


All Program Completers 2010-2011

    68% 81%

All Program Completers 2009-2010

  83% 90% 85%

All Program Completers 2008-2009

94% 94% 94%  

All Program Completers 2007-2008

91% 95%    

All Program Completers 2006-2007


Accredited by a CHEA-Recognized Accrediting OrganizationCouncil for Higher Education Administration

Concordia University is a member of the Council for Higher Education Administration (CHEA). A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.

Council for Higher Education Accreditation
One Dupont Circle NW
Suite 510
Washington, DC 20036

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Corporate Partnerships

The Concordia Partnership Advantage provides a unique opportunity for employers to work directly with Concordia University, St. Paul to develop a well-educated workforce that is better equipped to manage and support the business goals of the organization.

The program is a mutually beneficial partnership that offers employees or members of the partnering organization a $2,000 tuition discount exclusively upon acceptance and priority admission status when they enroll in any undergraduate or graduate degree program at Concordia University, St. Paul. There is no additional investment required of partnering organizations. You simply make the program available to your employees or members and reap the benefits of a better educated workforce.

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To learn more about establishing a partnership with Concordia University or enrolling at Concordia through the Partnership Advantage program, please contact Kim Craig at or 651-603-6223.


Meet Our Partnership Liaisons

Tami Hanson
Tami Hanson
Organizations Currently Served:
All corporate partnerships excluding criminal justice
Mike Conner
Mike Conner
Organizations Currently Served:
Organizations intersted in Criminal Justice Education
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