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BA Secondary Education (licensure)

If you’re interested in teaching—and not just learning about teaching—at the middle or high school level, take a good look at Concordia University’s BA in secondary 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.

Step 1 of 3: What type of student are you?

Step 2 of 3: What would you like to study?

Portland Campus: Classes taught entirely at Concordia University-Portland.

Accelerated Online: Classes taught 100% online. MEd programs complete in 1 year. EdD programs complete in 3 years.

Flex Online: For online students who want to go at a slower pace - MEds can be completed in 18-36 months.

Hybrid: Students take some classes online and some at Concordia University-Portland.

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Concordia education majors experience the classroom firsthand, beginning freshman year
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The experiences in the field drive the curriculum in the classroom
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Experiences are embedded in each semester; observation, tutoring, and getting to know a child
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Formal experiences include understanding school climate, small and whole group teaching and student teaching
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Graduates of our education programs enjoy teaching opportunities throughout the US and worldwide
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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

REQUIRED COURSES

Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education (118 Credit Hours)

The general education requirements consist of 50 credit hours:

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 421 – Best Practices in Whole Class Instruction and Assessment Secondary (3)
  • EDUG 431 – Collaboration and Management in the Classroom Secondary (3)
Methods Requirements (9)
  • EDUG 385 – Curriculum and Instruction: Math and Science Secondary (3)
  • EDUG 386 – Curriculum and Instruction: Language and Social Studies Secondary (3)
  • EDUG 389 – Curriculum and Instruction: Health Secondary (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 391 – School Climate Field Experience Secondary (2)
  • EDUG 393 – Small Group Observing and Teaching Secondary (2)
  • EDUG 491 – Whole Class Observing and Teaching Secondary (4)
  • EDUG 493 – Student Teaching Secondary (10)
  • EDUG 495 – Student Teaching Seminar Secondary (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.

Select one of the following secondary program endorsements:

Biology (31)
  • GLG 101 – Intro to Geology (3) OR SCI 112 – Environmental Science with lab (3)
  • CHM 211 – Inorganic Chemistry I (4)
  • BIO 211 – General Biology I with Lab (4)
  • BIO 212 – General Biology II with Lab (4)
  • BIO 284 – Microbiology with Lab (3)
  • MTH 231 – Research and Statistical Techniques (3)
  • BIO 315 – Genetics with Lab (4)
  • BIO 411 – Ecology (3)
  • BIO 426 – Evolution (3)
Chemistry (31)
  • CHM 211 – Inorganic Chemistry I (4)
  • CHM 212 – Inorganic Chemistry II (4)
  • CHM 344 – Organic Chemistry I with Lab (4)
  • CHM 345 – Organic Chemistry II with Lab (4)
  • CHM 442 – Physical Chemistry I (3)
  • BIO 211 – General Biology I with Lab (4)
  • CHM 414 – Biochemistry I with Lab (4)
  • CHM 415 – Biochemistry II with Lab (4)
Health Education (32)
  • BIO 264 – Intro to Human Anatomy (4)
  • BIO 265 – Intro to Human Physiology (4)
  • ESS 220 – Stress Management (3)
  • ESS 280 – Diseases (2)
  • ESS 432 – Measurement and Evaluation in Exercise and Sport Science (3)
  • ESS 464 – Nutrition for Exercise and Human Performance (3)
  • ESS 484 – Exercise Physiology (4)
  • PSY 312 – Human Sexuality (3)
  • SCI 112 – Environmental Science with Lab (3)
  • SCW 361 – Chemical Dependency and Addictive Behavior (3)
Language Arts (30)
  • ENG 231 – American Literature I (3)
  • ENG 232 – American Literature II (3)
  • ENG 312 – Intro to Poetry (3)
  • WR 352 – Creative Writing (3)
  • ENG 439 – Linguistics (3)
Select two British Lit courses:
  • ENG 222 – British Literature I (3)
  • ENG 223 – British Literature II (3)
  • ENG 321 – Shakespeare (3)
Select one World Lit course:
  • ENG 315 – The World Novel (3)
  • ENG 363 – The European Novel (3)
  • ENG 462 – The Hero (3)
  • ENG 350 – Caribbean and Latin American Literature (3)
Select one Genre Lit course:
  • ENG 310 – World Drama (3)
  • ENG 315 – The World Novel (3)
  • ENG 348 – Film and Literature (3)
Select three credits of Thematic Lit courses:
  • ENG 337 – The Sixties in its own Write (3)
  • ENG 462 – The Hero (3)
  • ENG 480 – Religion and Literature (2)
Mathematics (Foundational) (19)
  • MTH 123 – College Algebra (3)
  • MTH 124 – Pre-Calculus (3)
  • MTH 211 – Calculus I (4)
  • MTH 212 – Calculus II (4)
  • MTH 231 – Research and Statistical Techniques (3)
  • Math Elective (300 level) (2)
Mathematics (Advanced) (27)
  • MTH 123 – College Algebra (3)
  • MTH 124 – Pre-Calculus (3)
  • MTH 211 – Calculus I (4)
  • MTH 212 – Calculus II (4)
  • MTH 231 – Research and Statistical Techniques (3)
  • MTH 341 – Linear Algebra (2)
  • MTH 361 – Abstract Algebra (2)
  • MTH 371 – Number Theory (2)
  • MTH 401 – Analysis (2)
  • MTH 411 – Advanced Geometry (2)
Social Studies (30)
  • ECN 203 – Fundamentals of Economics (4)
  • HST 203 – Europe Since 1789 (3)
  • HST 215 – American Civilization I (3)
  • HST 216 – American Civilization II (3)
  • PSC 201 – Intro to American Government (3)
  • GEO 110 – Intro to Cultural Geography (2)
  • SOC 230 – Diversity Studies (3)
Select one US History course:
  • HST 331 – Media and Culture in America
  • HST 332 – Race and Ethnicity in American Culture (3)
  • HST 336 – United States Since 1945 (3)
  • HST 337 – The Sixties in its Own Write (3)
Select one Contemporary Issues course:
  • HST 331 – Media and Culture in America (3)
  • HST 332 – Race and Ethnicity in American Culture (3)
  • PSC 365 – Intro to International Relations (3)
Select one World History course:
  • HST 335 – History and Culture of India
  • HST 355 – History of the Middle East
  • HST 364 – Modern Asia
English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (15)

This is a specialized endorsement and does not replace a subject area endorsement. Please see Program Director.

  • EDEL 431 – Strategies and Materials for Teaching English (3)
  • EDEL 432 – Linguistics (3)
  • EDEL 433 – Language and Culture in the Classroom (3)
  • EDEL 434 – Language Acquisition (2)
  • EDEL 435 – Assessing English Learners (2)
  • EDEL 437 – ESOL Practicum (2)

General Education Requirements (50 Credit Hours)

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

Professional Education Requirements (57 Credit Hours)

Education Core (27)
  • 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 421 – Best Practices in Whole Class Instruction and Assessment Secondary (3)
  • EDUG 431 – Collaboration and Management in the Classroom Secondary (3)
  • ESS 384 – Foundations of Movement (4)
Methods Requirements (3)
  • EDUG 387 – Curriculum and Instruction: Physical Education Secondary (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 391 – School Climate Field Experience Secondary (2)
  • EDUG 393 – Small Group Observing and Teaching Secondary (2)
  • EDUG 495 – Student Teaching Seminar Secondary (2)

Choose either EDUG 491 and 492 or EDUG 490 and 493

  • EDUG 491 – Whole Class Observing and Teaching Secondary (4)
  • EDUG 492 – Student Teaching Elementary (10)
  • EDUG 490 – Whole Class Observing and Teaching Elementary (4)
  • EDUG 493 – Student Teaching Secondary (10)
Physical Education (PE) Endorsement Requirements (25)
  • BIO 264 – Intro to Human Anatomy (4)
  • BIO 265 – Intro to Human Physiology (4)
  • ESS 340 – Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (3)
  • ESS 432 – Measurement and Evaluation in Exercise and Sports Science (3)
  • ESS 464 – Nutrition for Exercise and Human Performance (3)
  • ESS 474 – Kinesiology (4)
  • ESS 484 – Exercise Physiology (4)
Note: The dual endorsement option is not available for candidates pursuing an endorsement in Physical Education

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.

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I have been able to build friendships with many of my professors, especially in the education department because of their openness and willingness to help.
EMILY OGDEN, BA in Education, '20

3toPhD

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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