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).
You'll also 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.