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Elementary Education

Bachelor of Arts

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 a 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.

Program
Details

Course Length

58 credits

Location

On Campus

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. CSP 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).

Elementary Education Major Endorsements

  • This endorsement will help the prospective teacher understand and apply current theories of communication arts instruction with its focus on practical strategies and skills essential to the teaching of reading, writing, speaking, listening, media literacy, and literature at the middle school level.

  • This endorsement provides opportunities to develop an understanding of the content of middle school mathematics programs and formulate a teaching methodology for the meaningful learning of mathematics by middle school students.

  • This endorsement provides the student with the social studies curriculum and specific methods required to teach middle school social studies.

  • Emphasis is placed on current best practices for three to five-year-olds in early childhood classrooms.

Licensing

  • Each state has different requirements for professional licensure and certifications. CSP’s educator preparation programs are designed specifically to prepare students for licensure in Minnesota, but are not approved by any other state licensing boards for licensure in those states. CSP is unable to determine whether its teacher preparation programs would meet the educational requirements for licensure in other states.  Students who want to work in a state other than Minnesota should contact the state licensing board in their state before enrolling in the program.  Please see the contact information for teacher licensing boards here.