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Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (licensure)

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.

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Fall 2019
Program Length Varies
Credits 124 Credit Hours
Accreditation NWCCU
SCHOLARSHIPS* See All Scholarships
Concordia education majors experience the classroom firsthand, beginning freshman year
90 hours
The experiences in the field drive the curriculum in the classroom
180 hours
Experiences are embedded in each semester; observation, tutoring, and getting to know a child
student teacher
Formal experiences include understanding school climate, small and whole group teaching and student teaching
worldwide opportunities
Graduates of our education programs enjoy teaching opportunities throughout the US and worldwide
Concordia is one of the most respected names in learning today
Current and retired administrators conduct mock interviews with students, providing valuable advice
Endorsed by the Teachers Standard and Practices Commission, Oregon’s licensing agency for all educators

Program Goals & Objectives

Upon completion of Concordia’s Bachelor of Arts in Education program, students will:

  • Model dispositions, ethics, and communication skills befitting a professional educator
  • Recognize how their own morals, biases, experiences, and privilege impact teaching practices
  • Foster culturally responsive learning environments that are inclusive of families and communities
  • Demonstrate knowledge of specific subject matter and developmentally appropriate instructional strategies
  • Utilize effective instructional and assessment practices that meet diverse student learning needs
  • Value and inform professional growth through inquiry and research


Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (124 Credit Hours)

The general education requirements consist of 50 credit hours, in addition to 6 credit hours for elective courses:

Freshman Foundation (15)
  • WR 121 – English Composition (3)
  • HUM 152 How the West Came To Be (3)
  • LDR 198 – Concordia Commitment (1)
  • ESS 260 – Health and Fitness for Life (2)
  • MTH 110 - Math for Life or above (except MTH 231, incl MTH 133 or 134) (3)
  • SCI 110 or lab science - Intro to Science with Lab (3)
Spiritual Formation (6)
  • REL 211 - Old Testament (3) OR REL 221 - New Testament (3)
  • REL 401 - Faith for Life (3)*
Intercultural Experiences (11)
  • HUM 351 - Challenges of Global Diversity (3) *
  • REL 371 - World Religions (2)
  • Foreign Language (6)
Studies in Arts & Sciences (18)
  • Natural Science (3)
  • Fine Arts (3)
  • PSY 201 – Principles of Psychology (3)
  • WR 30X (upper-division writing course) (3)
  • Electives (at least three must be upper-division credits outside major) (6)
*Must be completed at Concordia

The professional education requirements consist of 68 credit hours:

Education Core (32)
  • EDUG 110 - Teaching as a Profession (2)
  • EDUG 120 - Become a Reading Coach (2)
  • EDUG 210 – Intro to English Language Learning PreK-12 (2)
  • EDUG 220 – Growth and Development PreK-12 (3)
  • EDUG 230 – Intro to Equity PreK-12 (3)
  • EDUG 240 – Literacy Perspectives PreK-12 (3)
  • EDUG 250 – Assessment Literacy PreK-12 (2)
  • EDUG 260 – Individual Student Learning Needs PreK-12 (3)
  • EDUG 330 – Best Practices in Small Group Instruction and Assessment Elementary (3)
  • EDUG 358 – Health and Physical Education (3)
  • EDUG 420 – Best Practices in Whole Class Instruction and Assessment Elementary (3)
  • EDUG 430 – Collaboration and Management in the Classroom Elementary (3)
Methods Requirements (9)
  • EDUG 340 – Humanities Methods Elementary (3)
  • EDUG 350 – Math Methods Elementary (3)
  • EDUG 440 – STEAM Methods Elementary (3)
Choice Requirements (7) Choose one topic: STEAM or Community-based Education
  • EDUG 310 – Inquiry and Reflection in Practice I (2)
  • EDUG 410 – Inquiry and Reflection in Practice II (2)
  • EDUG 320 – Systemic and Political Issues in PreK-12 Education (3)
Clinical Experiences (20)
  • EDUG 390 – School Climate Field Experience Elementary (2)
  • EDUG 392 – Small Group Observing and Teaching Elementary (2)
  • EDUG 490 – Whole Class Observing and Teaching Elementary (4)
  • EDUG 492 – Student Teaching Elementary (10)
  • EDUG 494 – Student Teaching Seminar Elementary (2)

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.

Specialized Learning Tracks

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.

Child Learning
I learn so much by being able to get into the classroom and immediately apply what I’ve learned in class. I wouldn’t be the educator I am becoming today if it weren’t for these in-class experiences that I am able to have.
MEGAN LORENCE, BA in Elementary Education '19


Classroom Experience

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:

  • Working one-on-one with a child: Concordia students assist Faubion teachers by working closely with one of their students—tutoring, reading with them, performing assessments, and/or helping out in any number of other ways, often at the request of the classroom teacher.
  • Getting to know the school culture: As important as it is to learn to work with students and teachers, it’s just as helpful to learn how to work with parents and school administrators. Concordia students get to see the inner workings of Faubion School, which provides invaluable insight.
  • Working with a small group of students: After working one-on- one, Concordia students get to work with a small group of children. They work with many different kids—students of various ages, backgrounds and abilities—and then go back to their college classrooms and analyze what they have learned.
  • Working with an entire class on their own: Concordia students work their way up to working with a class on their own, student- teaching during their senior year. From devising a lesson plan to setting up a classroom, Concordia does an exceptional job of preparing education majors for the realities of teaching.
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