Bachelor of Arts inElementary Education (K-6)

Majoring in Elementary Education involves the study of pedagogy, or the method and practice of teaching. You’ll develop the skills and insights to become an effective elementary school (K-6) teacher and lifelong learner. Concordia also offers a variety of pre-school, kindergarten and middle-level (Grades 5-8) specialty endorsements (including Communication Arts/Literature, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies) for you to extend your major to include additional grade levels at which you would like to teach.

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Elementary Education (K-6) Curriculum Overview

Majoring in Elementary Education involves the study of pedagogy, or the method and practice of teaching. You’ll develop the skills and insights to become an effective elementary school (K-6) teacher and lifelong learner. Concordia also offers a variety of pre-school, kindergarten and middle-level (Grades 5-8) specialty endorsements (including Communication Arts/Literature, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies) for you to extend your major to include additional grade levels at which you would like to teach.

You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for any teaching career as you take 57 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree, and the elementary education curriculum meets the Minnesota Department of Education requirements for a teaching credential (passage of standardized examinations of content and pedagogy are also required).

Your program will be bolstered with a series of classes, field experiences and student teaching opportunities that make for an effective blend of theory and practice. Because we design our elementary education program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace (the department has key partnerships with Concordia’s Hmong Culture and Language program, St. Paul and Minneapolis Public Schools, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod schools and five Twin Cities public charter schools authorized by Concordia), it will be a relevant degree if you’re considering a career teaching grades K-6 within private or public elementary 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.

Student Outcomes

95%95% of CSP grads receive job offers within one year of graduation. (*First Destinations survey administered by Concordia University, St. Paul)
$57,736Highest average salary among MN private school grads (bachelor's) four years after graduation(*salary data source: mnedtrends.org)
44%CSP graduates earn 44% more than the national average. (*Graduate earning data source: collegescorecard.ed.gov)

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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.

Mr. Jerry Robicheau Term Faculty of Education

Career Potential

You'll have real opportunities to learn in a series of classes, field experiences and student teaching opportunities that make for an effective blend of theory and practice. Because we design our elementary education program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace (the department has key partnerships with Concordia’s Hmong Culture and Language program, St. Paul and Minneapolis Public Schools, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod schools and five Twin Cities public charter schools authorized by Concordia), it will be a relevant degree if you’re considering a career teaching grades K-6 within private or public elementary schools.

  • Public School Teacher (K-6)
  • Private School Teacher (K-6)
  • Middle School Communication Arts / Literature Teacher
  • Middle School Mathematics Teacher
  • Middle School Science Teacher
  • Middle School Social Studies Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
Student Success Stories Jenna Cosgrove ’17 - Elementary Education

"My courses are challenging me and making me think in ways I never have before. I will be very prepared for my career."

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