Bachelor of Arts inEducation - Secondary Ed. (5-12 or 9-12)

Majoring in Secondary Education involves the study of pedagogy, or the method and practice of teaching. You’ll develop the skills and insights to become a middle school or high school teacher and lifelong learner. Concordia offers variety of specialties so you can customize your major to the subject area in which you would like to teach: Communication Arts/Literature (Grade 5-12), Health (Grade 5-12), Math (Grade 5-12), Social Studies (Grade 5-12), Chemistry (Grade 9-12), or Life Science (Grade 9-12).

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Education - Secondary Ed. (5-12 or 9-12) Curriculum Overview

Majoring in Secondary Education involves the study of pedagogy, or the method and practice of teaching. You’ll develop the skills and insights to become a middle school or high school teacher and lifelong learner. Concordia offers variety of specialties so you can customize your major to the subject area in which you would like to teach: Communication Arts/Literature (Grade 5-12), Health (Grade 5-12), Math (Grade 5-12), Social Studies (Grade 5-12), Chemistry (Grade 9-12), or Life Science (Grade 9-12).

You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for any teaching career as you take education classes plus coursework within your chosen content area to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, and the secondary education curriculum meets the Minnesota Department of Education requirements for a teaching credential (passage of standardized examinations of content and pedagogy are also required).

You’ll also have opportunities to learn through a series of content courses, methods courses, field experiences, and a student teaching clinical. Because we design our secondary education program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace (the department works in collaboration with both public and private schools in Minnesota, throughout the United States, and abroad), it will be a relevant degree if you’re considering a career teaching grades 5-12 within private or public schools.

 

Requirements

Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Mrs. Oluwatoyin Akinde Fakuajo Assisant Professor of Education

Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinde Fakuajo brings a practical approach to Leadership in Education.

Dr. Sally Baas Professor of Teacher Education, Director of SEAT Program

Dr. Baas has devoted her teaching to preparing future educators for diversity in the classroom and developing teaching methods to best serve students of various ethnic backgrounds.

Richard Benson Instructor of Teacher Education

Rick has been a faculty member at Concordia University St. Paul since 1999 serving as an Instructor in both the Undergraduate Teacher Education Department and the Kinesiology

Dr. Cheryl Chatman Ed.D Executive Vice President, Dean of Diversity, Professor of Education

Dr. Chatman works with the president and campus to help provide a climate necessary for institutional excellence, and serves as a link between and among the campus and community.

Dr. Lynn Gehrke Chair - Department of Undergraduate Teacher Education

Dr. Gehrke specializes in early childhood and elementary education.

Diane Harr Assistant Professor of Special Education, Coordinator of Special Education and Chair of Undergraduate/Initial Licensure Programs

Harr coordinates and teaches in graduate special education programs and undergraduate criminal justice.

Donald Helmstetter, Ph.D. Director, Education Doctorate Programs

In addition to his administrative duties at Concordia, Dr. Helmstetter continues to teach leadership courses at the graduate and post-graduate level.

Lonn Maly Dean, College of Education & Science

Lonn Maly is a graduate of Concordia University who worked for 14 years as a teacher and a principal in Lutheran schools in Michigan and Southern California.

Dr. Michele Pickel Professor of Teacher Education

Since joining the faculty at Concordia, Dr. Pickel has been a strong proponent of Service-Learning.

Mr. Jerry Robicheau Term Faculty of Education
Dr. Suzanne Starks Associate Professor of Education

Dr. Starks teaches within the K-6 and Birth to Grade licensure tracks, supervises early childhood practicum and student teaching field experiences.

Ms. Barbara Wissink Assistant Professor in Education, Coordinator of Reading Licensure Program

Dr. Wissink has the experience to bring course material to life for students and illustrate how practical theories work in the real classroom setting.

Career Potential

  • Public School Teacher (5-12)
  • Private School Teacher (5-12)
  • Math Teacher
  • Social Studies Teacher
  • Life Science Teacher
  • Communication Arts/Literature Teacher

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