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If you’re interested in teaching—and not just learning about teaching—PreK through 8th grade, take a good look at Concordia University’s BA in elementary education program. The rigorous curriculum reflects the latest research, strategies, tools, and best practices. And through our integrated 3 to PhD® program, you’ll also be able to apply what you learn by teaching early and often.
Being part of 3 to PhD means you’ll be fully immersed in a school setting beginning your first day of college. The 3 to PhD campus is home to our College of Education as well as Faubion School—and its 800+ pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade students. You’ll learn how to be an effective teacher by watching, learning, and doing - inside a real classroom. You’ll interact with Faubion faculty, administrators, staff, and even parents, experiencing all aspects of school life. It’s an ideal way to get comfortable in a school setting and make sure that teaching is the right career choice for you.
As an education major, you have the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience while making a difference in the lives of Faubion students and families. The 3 to PhD educational model powerfully demonstrates not only innovation in practice but also compassion in action— a collaborative effort to strengthen the community from the ground up.
Upon completion of Concordia’s Bachelor of Arts in Education program, students will:
The general education requirements consist of 50 credit hours, in addition to 6 credit hours for elective courses:Freshman Foundation (15)
The professional education requirements consist of 68 credit hours:Education Core (32)
A minimum of 124 semester hours are required to graduate. Students must complete enough elective hours to meet this requirement. Students must complete a minimum of 45 semester hours of upper-division credit. HUM 351 and REL 401 are courses that must be completed at Concordia University.
Students should be aware of the prerequisite courses needed for their major courses. In many cases these prerequisites should be taken to satisfy the General Education requirements, especially in the Math and Science areas. Please see the Academic Catalog for more details.
Concordia education students have a way of standing out – even to other educators. Find out what Jennifer McCalley, principal at Faubion School, has to say about what teachers educated at Concordia University bring to the classroom – and why they’re at the top of her hiring list.
At Concordia, our education majors focus their learning on one of two tracks: STEAM or Community-based Education. This lens allows students to look at critical issues in education with an emphasis on exploring application, relevance, and influence of STEAM and Community-based education issues. While this is not uncommon in master’s programs, it is highly unique at the undergraduate level. And yet another way Concordia is setting itself—and its graduates—apart.
Through 3toPhD, Concordia education majors enjoy much more practical experience and classroom exposure than at a typical university. There are four stages of in-class training at the undergraduate level: