Education Degree Requirements

The School of Education offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with the following majors

  • Elementary Level Curriculum Major - Early Childhood 6th grade Certificate
  • Middle Level Curriculum Major - Grades 4-8 Generalist or Grades 4-8 Content Specific Certificate
  • Secondary Level Curriculum Major - Grades 7-12 Content Specific Certificate
  • Special Education Curriculum Major - EC-12 All Level Certificate
  • Religious Education (Director of Christian Education)

Special notes to incoming students

Certain courses listed under the major requirements may be used to satisfy both major and Common Experience requirements. Contact your faculty advisor for more explanation on how to choose the proper course to benefit from this policy.

Additional hours may be added to a student's course work if the student:

  • Begins the English sequence below ENG 1316 Academic Research Writing.
  • Begins the Math sequence below MTH 1351 College Algebra
  • Begins the Religion sequence with REL 1331 Introduction to Christianity when seeking the Lutheran Teacher Diploma.
  • Satisfies The Concordia Common Experience curriculum Economics/Government requirement with a course other than CTX's POLS 1303C, American Government Citizenship. (The Texas Education Agency requires that students complete course work about the structure and operation of national and Texas state and local governments.)

NOTE: All courses in The Concordia Common Experience curriculum, Concentrations, and Major must be completed with grades of C or above; if a student makes a D or an F in a course, that specific course must be repeated until the grade is a C or higher.

Elementary Level Curriculum Major(128 credit hours)

The Elementary Level Curriculum Major prepares teacher candidates for early childhood thru Grade 6 level settings. In addition to content knowledge, teacher candidates will develop a clear understanding of the teaching and learning process.

Students interested in an introduction to this discipline are advised to take EDU 2201 Intro to Education. This course counts toward the requirements for the major.

General Education Requirements (42-44 credit hours)

Within the Common Experience, the following courses are required for students pursuing an education major. These courses provide the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge required to pass the state accreditation exam.

  • MTH 1351 College Algebra
  • EDU 3331 Teaching PE
  • PSY 1311 Intro to Psychology
  • Any Physical Science with Lab (CHE, PHY, SCI)
  • HIS 2311 World History
  • EDU 3323 Educational Technology
  • HIS 1301 US History to 1877

 

Students seeking a Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree must complete the following in addition
to The Concordia Common Experience curriculum and major requirements:

3 hours from one of the following courses;

  • ENG 2301 World Literature: Classicism
  • HIS 2311 World History to 1500
  • HIS 2322 Western Civilization from 1715
  • HIS 3308 Asian History and Culture
  • HIS 3301 History of Mexico
  • HIS 3314 Traditions/Values of Classical Civilizations
  • HON 3311 Critical Thinking about Great Texts
  • PHL 3301 Survey of Western Philosophy

 

Modern or Classical Language

Complete two consecutive terms (at least six credit hours) of a non-English language.

 

Major Requirements (40 credit hours)

  • EDU 2201 Intro to Education
  • EDU 33XX Societal Relationships and Classroom Management
  • EDU 3320 Foundations of ESL Education
  • EDU 3343 Educational Psychology
  • EDU 4101 Teacher Education Seminar
  • EDU 41205 Elementary/ECE Student Teaching (capstone)
  • RDG 3311 Foundations of Literacy
  • SPED 3301 Intro to Exceptional Learners
  • SPED 3302 Language Intercultural Communications
  • SPED 3403 Assessment for Diverse Learners
  • SPED 3304 Consultation Collaboration

 

Capstone

The Capstone Course for this major is EDU 41205-Elementary/ECE Student Teaching.

 

Concentrations: Students with a major in Elementary Level Curriculum will complete the following concentration:

ESL Generalist ECE-6th

Requirements: 36-37 credit hours

  • ECE 3320 ECE Curriculum, Methods Materials
  • EDU 3301 Mathematical Methods-Elem
  • EDU 3304 Children's Literature
  • EDU 3305 Science and Health Methods
  • EDU 3312 Methods of Social Studies
  • EDU 3331 Teaching Physical Education
  • HIS 1302 US History from 1877
  • HIS 2311 World History
  • MTH 3301 Math for Elementary Teachers I
  • MTH 3302 Math for Elementary Teachers II
  • RDG 3326 Emergent Literacy and Language in the Primary Grades
  • RDG 3327 Literacy and Language in the Intermediate Grades
  • Any Life Science (BIO, ESC)

 

Additional Information

Supporting Course Requirements, Teacher Certification (4-7 hours)

In addition to the General Education Requirement The Concordia Common Experience curriculum, students seeking teaching certification must successfully complete the following courses:

  • EDU 3100 Secondary Classroom Fieldwork (4-8 Middle Level Content and 7-12 Secondary Content only)
  • HIS 1302 US History from 1877 (All)
  • RDG 3342 Literacy in the Content Area (4-8 Middle Level Content and 7-12 Secondary Content only)

Outcomes

  • Education majors will identify that every student can learn and reach his/her potential as a unique child of God.
  • Education majors will demonstrate ethical behavior, and care and concern for their peers, students, and family.
  • Education majors will use and create technology applications in the classroom to further student learning.

 

Elementary Level Curriculum Major

(Offered only at University Centers)

The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Level Curriculum offers a concentration in ESL Generalist EC-6th for adults wishing to complete a degree and become a certified Texas teacher. The courses are taught by professional educators and practitioners in the field of education in an accelerated format using a cohort model. The degree plan is identical to the one listed previously in this section.

 

Middle Level Curriculum Grades 4-8 Generalist Major (128 credit hours)

The Middle Level Curriculum Major prepares teacher candidates in Grades 4-8. In addition to content knowledge, teacher candidates will develop a clear understanding of the teaching and learning process for this age group.

 

Students interested in an introduction to this discipline are advised to take EDU 2201 Intro to Education. This course counts toward the requirements for the major.

 

General Education (42-44 credit hours)

Within the Common Experience, the following courses are required for students pursuing an education major. These courses provide the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge required to pass the state accreditation exam.

  • MTH 1351 College Algebra
  • EDU 3331 Teaching PE
  • PSY 1311 Intro to Psychology
  • Any Physical Science with Lab (CHE, PHY, SCI)
  • HIS 2311 World History
  • EDU 3323 Educational Technology
  • HIS 1301 US History to 1877

 

Students seeking a Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree must complete the following in addition
to The Concordia Common Experience curriculum and major requirements:

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree must complete the following:

3 hours from one of the following courses:

  • ENG 2301 World Literature: Classicism
  • HIS 2311 World History to 1500
  • HIS 2322 Western Civilization from 1715
  • HIS 3308 Asian History and Culture
  • HIS 3301 History of Mexico
  • HIS 3314 Traditions/Values of Classical Civilizations
  • HON 3311 Critical Thinking about Great Texts
  • PHL 3301 Survey of Western Philosophy

 

Modern or Classical Language

Complete two consecutive terms (at least six credit hours) of a non-English language.

 

Major Courses (35 credit hours)

All of the following:

  • EDU 2201 Intro to Education
  • EDU 33XX Societal Relationships and Classroom Management
  • EDU 3201 Effective Practices in Differentiated Instruction
  • EDU 3311 Teaching Strategies Assess
  • EDU 3320 Foundations of ESL Education
  • EDU 3343 Educational Psychology
  • EDU 4101 Teacher Ed Seminar
  • EDU 41225 Middle Level Student Teaching (capstone)
  • RDG 3311 Foundations of Literacy
  • SPED 3301 Intro to Exceptional Learners

 

Capstone Course

The Capstone Course for this major is EDU 41225 Middle Level Student Teaching.

 

Concentrations: Students with a major in Middle Level Curriculum Grades 4-8 will complete the 4-8 Generalist.

Requirements: (38-39 credit hours)

  • EDU 3301 Mathematical Methods-Elem
  • EDU 3304 Children's Literature
  • EDU 3305 Science Health Methods-Elem
  • EDU 3312 Methods of Social Studies
  • EDU 3313 Adolescent Literature
  • EDU 3331 Teaching Physical Education
  • HIS 2311 World History
  • HIS 1302 US History from 1877
  • MTH 3301 Math for Elementary Teachers I
  • MTH 3302 Math for Elementary Teachers II
  • RDG 3327 Literacy and Language in the Intermediate Grades
  • Any Life Science (BIO, ESC)

 

Elective Hours

A sufficient number of credit hours to bring the total number of hours to 128, of which 27 must be upper-level.

 

Outcomes

  • Education majors will identify that every student can learn and reach his/her potential as a unique child of God.
  • Education majors will demonstrate ethical behavior, and care and concern for their peers, students, and family.
  • Education majors will use and create technology applications in the classroom to further student learning.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Middle Level Curriculum

(Offered only at University Centers)

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Middle Level Curriculum offers a concentration in 4-8th Generalist for adults wishing to complete a degree and become a certified Texas teacher in upper elementary/mid-level settings. The courses are taught by professional educators and practitioners in the field of education in an accelerated format utilizing the cohort model. The degree plan is the same as listed previously in this section.

 

Middle Level Curriculum Grades 4-8, Content Specific (128 credit hours)

The Middle Level Curriculum major prepares teacher candidates for upper elementary and mid-level settings. This program provides teacher candidates with in-depth knowledge of their chosen content field(s) as well as the teaching skills to effectively enable student learning.

Students interested in an introduction to this discipline are advised to take EDU 2201 Intro to Education. This course counts toward the requirements for the major.

NOTE: All courses in The Concordia Common Experience curriculum, Concentration, and Major must be completed with grades of C or above.

 

Students seeking a Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree must complete the following in addition
to The Concordia Common Experience curriculum and major requirements:

3 hours from one of the following courses;

  • ENG 2301 World Literature: Classicism
  • HIS 2311 World History to 1500
  • HIS 2322 Western Civilization from 1715
  • HIS 3308 Asian History and Culture
  • HIS 3301 History of Mexico
  • HIS 3314 Traditions/Values of Classical Civilizations
  • HON 3311 Critical Thinking about Great Texts
  • PHL 3301 Survey of Western Philosophy

 

Modern or Classical Language

Complete two consecutive terms (at least six credit hours) of a non-English language.

 

Middle Level Curriculum-Content Specific (35 credit hours)

Major Courses

All of the following:

  • EDU 2201 Intro to Education
  • EDU 33XX Societal Relationships and Classroom Management
  • EDU 3201 Effective Practices in Differentiated Instruction
  • EDU 3311 Teaching Strategies Assess
  • EDU 3320 Foundations of ESL Education
  • EDU 3343 Educational Psychology
  • EDU 4101 Teacher Ed Seminar
  • EDU 41225 Middle Level Student Teaching
  • RDG 3311 Foundations of Literacy
  • SPED 3301 Intro to Exceptional Learner

 

Concentrations: Students with a major in Middle Level Curriculum Grades 4-8 Content will select one of the following concentrations:

4-8 English/Language Arts (36 credit hours)

  • ENG 2301 World Literature: Classicism*
  • ENG 2303 American Literature
  • ENG 2305 Survey of British Lit
  • ENG 3302 Drama
  • ENG 3303 Short Story
  • ENG 3305 Poetry
  • ENG 3319 Teaching Writing
  • ENG 4303 American Ethnic Writers
  • EDU 3304 Children's Literature
  • EDU 3313 Adolescent Literature
  • HIS 3311 Texas History (2000 level or above)
  • RDG 3327 Literacy and Language in the Intermediate Grades

 

4-8 - English/Language Arts/Social Studies (39 credit hours)

  • EDU 3304 Children's Literature
  • EDU 3312 Social Studies in Elementary Education
  • EDU 3313 Adolescent Literature
  • ENG 2301 World Literature: Classicism
  • ENG 2303 American Literature OR ENG 3303 Short Story
  • ENG 2305 Survey of British Lit OR ENG 3305 Poetry
  • ENG 3311 Advanced Writing
  • ENG 3319 Teaching Writing
  • GRG 1312 World Regional Geography
  • HIS 2311 World History *
  • HIS 3311 Texas History (2000 level or above)
  • HIS 3343 Post- World War II America
  • RDG 3327 Literacy and Language in the Intermediate Grades

 

4-8 - Social Studies (36 credit hours)

  • ECO 2301 Intro to Macroeconomics
  • EDU 3312 Social Studies in Elementary Education
  • GRG 1312 World Regional Geography
  • HIS 2306 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • HIS 2311 World History *
  • HIS 3301 History of Mexico
  • HIS 3308 Asian History Culture
  • HIS 3311 Texas History (2000 level or above)
  • HIS 3341 Civil War Era
  • HIS 3343 Post-World War II America
  • POLS 1301 Public Policy
  • POLS 3332 American Political Institutions and Processes

 

4-8 - Science (40-42 credit hours)

  • BIO 1402 General Zoology
  • BIO 1403 Cellular Molecular Biology
  • BIO 3411 Human Anatomy Physiology I
  • CHE 1341 Chemistry I
  • CHE 1141 Chemistry I Lab
  • CHE 1342 Chemistry II
  • CHE 1142 Chemistry II Lab
  • EDU 3305 Science Methods-Elem
  • ESC 3403 General Ecology
  • GLG 3301 Geology
  • PHY 1401 Physics I

Choose two courses from the following list:

  • BIO 3310 Nutrition
  • BIO 3401 General Microbiology
  • BIO 3404 Genetics
  • BIO 3412 Human Anatomy Physiology II
  • CHE 3301 Inorganic Chemistry

 

4-8 - Math and Science (69-71 credit hours)

  • BIO 1402 General Zoology
  • BIO 1403 Cellular Molecular Biology
  • BIO 3411 Human Anatomy Physiology I
  • CHE 1341 Chemistry I*
  • CHE 1141 Chemistry I Lab*
  • CHE 1342 Chemistry II
  • CHE 1142 Chemistry II Lab
  • EDU 3305 Science Health Methods
  • EDU 3301 Mathematical Methods-Elem
  • ESC 3403 General Ecology
  • GLG 3301 Geology
  • MTH 1352 Pre-calculus
  • MTH 2301 Intro to Statistics
  • MTH 2401 Calculus I
  • MTH 3101-4 Problem Solving (Must take 2)
  • MTH 3301 Math for Elementary Teachers I
  • MTH 3302 Math for Elementary Teachers II
  • MTH 3313 Number Theory
  • MTH 3316 Geometry
  • PHY 1401 Physics I

Choose two courses from the following list:

  • BIO 3310 Nutrition
  • BIO 3401 General Microbiology
  • BIO 3404 Genetics
  • BIO 3412 Human Anatomy Physiology II
  • CHE 3301 Inorganic Chemistry

 

4-8 Math (38 credit hours)

  • EDU 3301 Mathematical Methods-Elem
  • HIS 2311 World History*
  • HIS 1302 US History from 1877
  • MTH 1352 Pre-calculus
  • MTH 2301 Intro to Statistics
  • MTH 2401 Calculus I
  • MTH 3101-4 Problem Solving (Take 3)
  • MTH 3301 Math for Elementary Teachers I
  • MTH 3302 Math for Elementary Teachers II
  • MTH 3311 Linear Algebra
  • MTH 3313 Number Theory
  • MTH 3316 Geometry

 

Elective Hours

A sufficient number of credit hours to bring the total number of hours to 128, of which 27 must be upper-level.

 

Additional Information:

Content Specific Concentrations

*Course double counts in Common Experience and is not calculated in concentration total hours

Outcomes

  • Education majors will identify that every student can learn and reach his/her potential as a unique child of God.
  • Education majors will demonstrate ethical behavior, and care and concern for their peers, students, and family.
  • Education majors will use and create technology applications in the classroom to further student learning.

 

Secondary Level Curriculum Grades 7-12 (128 credit hours)

The Secondary Level Curriculum major prepares teacher candidates with in-depth content knowledge in their chosen teaching field(s) as well as a clear understanding of the teaching and learning process in Grades 7-12.

Students interested in an introduction to this discipline are advised to take EDU 2201 Intro to Education. This course counts toward the requirements for the major.

NOTE: All courses in The Concordia Common Experience curriculum, Concentrations, and Major must be completed with grades of C or above.

 

Students seeking a Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree must complete the following in addition
to The Concordia Common Experience curriculum and major requirements:

3 hours from one of the following courses;

  • ENG 2301 World Literature: Classicism
  • HIS 2311 World History to 1500
  • HIS 2322 Western Civilization from 1715
  • HIS 3308 Asian History and Culture
  • HIS 3301 History of Mexico
  • HIS 3314 Traditions/Values of Classical Civilizations
  • HON 3311 Critical Thinking about Great Texts
  • PHL 3301 Survey of Western Philosophy

 

Modern or Classical Language

Complete two consecutive terms (at least six credit hours) of a non-English language.

 

Secondary Level Curriculum (36 credit hours)

Major Courses

  • EDU 2201 Intro to Education
  • EDU 33XX Societal Relationships and Classroom Management
  • EDU 3100 Secondary Classroom Fieldwork
  • EDU 3201 Effective Practices in Differentiated Instruction
  • EDU 3311 Teaching Strategies Assess
  • EDU 3320 Foundations of ESL Education
  • EDU 3343 Educational Psychology
  • EDU 4101 Teacher Ed Seminar
  • EDU 41273 Secondary Student Teaching (capstone)
  • RDG 3311 Foundations of Literacy
  • SPED 3301 Intro to Exceptional Learner

 

Capstone

The Capstone Course for this major is EDU 41273-Secondary Student Teaching.

 

Concentration: Students with a major in Secondary Level Curriculum will select one of the following concentrations:

7-12 - English/Language Arts (42 credit hours)

  • EDU 3313 Adolescent Literature
  • ENG 2301 World Literature: Classicism*
  • ENG 2303 American Literature
  • ENG 2305 Survey of British Lit
  • ENG 3308 The Novel: American or ENG 3301 The Novel: British or ENG 3323 Shakespeare
  • ENG 3302 Drama
  • ENG 3303 Short Story
  • ENG 3305 Poetry
  • ENG 3311 Advanced Writing
  • ENG 3319 Teaching Writing
  • ENG 4303 American Ethnic Writers
  • ENG 4307 Intro to Literary Criticism
  • RDG 3321 Methods of Language Arts/Writing
  • RDG 3341 Literacy Instruction for ELL

 

7-12 - Social Studies (42 credit hours)

  • ECO 2301 Macroeconomics
  • GRG 1312 World Regional Geography
  • HIS 2301 Historical Methods
  • HIS 2306 Race Ethnic Relations
  • HIS 1302 US History from 1877
  • HIS 2311 World History *
  • HIS 3301 History of Mexico
  • HIS 3308 Asian History and Culture
  • HIS 3311 Texas History
  • HIS 3321 International Relations Since 1919
  • HIS 3341 Civil War Era
  • HIS 3343 Post World War II America
  • POLS 3321 Public Policy
  • POLS 3332 American Political Institutions and Processes

 

7-12 - History (42 credit hours)

  • HIS 2301 Historical Methods
  • HIS 2306 Race Ethnic Relations
  • HIS 1302 US History from 1877
  • HIS 2311 World History *
  • HIS 3301 History of Mexico
  • HIS 3308 Asian History Culture
  • HIS 3311 Texas History
  • HIS 3314 Traditions/Values of Classical Civilization
  • HIS 3321 International Relations Since 1919
  • HIS 3341 Civil War
  • HIS 3342 American West
  • HIS 3343 Post World War II America
  • HIS 3360 Topics in History

 

7-12 - Math (39 credit hours)

  • EDU 3303 Mathematical Methods-Sec
  • MTH 2301 Statistics
  • MTH 1352 Pre-calculus
  • MTH 2401 Calculus I
  • MTH 2402 Calculus II
  • MTH 3101-4 Problem Solving (Take 3)
  • MTH 3311 Linear Algebra
  • MTH 3313 Number Theory
  • MTH 3316 Geometry
  • MTH 3317 Differential Equations
  • MTH 3341 Theory of Probability
  • MTH 3410 Calculus III

 

7-12 - Science (48-49 credit hours)

  • BIO 1402 General Zoology
  • BIO 1403 Cellular Molecular Biology
  • BIO 2403 General Botany
  • BIO 3403 General Ecology
  • BIO 3404 Genetics
  • BIO 3411 Human Anatomy Physiology I
  • CHE 1341 Chemistry I*
  • CHE 1141 Chemistry I Lab*
  • CHE 1342 Chemistry II
  • CHE 1142 Chemistry II Lab
  • CHE 1202 Intro to Organic and Biochemistry
  • CHE 3402 Environmental Chemistry or CHE 3401 Analytical Chemistry or SCI 4310 Natural Science Research
  • GLG 3301 Geology
  • PHY 1401 Physics I
  • PHY 1402 Physics II

 

7-12 - Life-Earth Science (38-39 credit hours)

  • BIO 1402 General Zoology
  • BIO 1403 Cellular Molecular Biology
  • BIO 2403 General Botany
  • BIO 3403 General Ecology
  • BIO 3404 Genetics
  • BIO 3411 Human Anatomy Physiology I
  • CHE 1341 Chemistry I*
  • CHE 1141 Chemistry I Lab*
  • CHE 1342 Chemistry II
  • CHE 1142 Chemistry II Lab
  • PHY 1401 Physics I

Choose 2 from the following:

  • BIO 3302 Tropical Biology
  • BIO 3310 Nutrition
  • BIO 3370 Ecology of the Pacific Northwest
  • BIO 3401 General Microbiology

 

*Course double counts in Common Experience and is not calculated in concentration total hours

Elective Hours

A sufficient number of credit hours to bring the total number of hours to 128, of which 27 must be upper-level.

 

Outcomes

  • Education majors will identify that every student can learn and reach his/her potential as a unique child of God.
  • Education majors will demonstrate ethical behavior, and care and concern for their peers, students, and family.
  • Education majors will use and create technology applications in the classroom to further student learning.

 

Special Education Curriculum All Level EC-12 (128 credit hours)

The EC-12 All Level Special Education major prepares teacher candidates with specific knowledge and skills to enable students with learning differences to learn and grow in all level settings.

Students interested in an introduction to this discipline are advised to take EDU 2201 Intro to Education. This course counts toward the requirements for the major.

NOTE: All courses in The Concordia Common Experience curriculum, Concentrations, and Major must be completed with grades of C or above.

 

Students seeking a Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree must complete the following in addition
to The Concordia Common Experience curriculum and major requirements:

3 hours from one of the following courses;

  • ENG 2301 World Literature: Classicism
  • HIS 2311 World History to 1500
  • HIS 2322 Western Civilization from 1715
  • HIS 3308 Asian History and Culture
  • HIS 3301 History of Mexico
  • HIS 3314 Traditions/Values of Classical Civilizations
  • HON 3311 Critical Thinking about Great Texts
  • PHL 3301 Survey of Western Philosophy

 

Modern or Classical Language

Complete two consecutive terms (at least six credit hours) of a non-English language.

 

Major Courses (40 credit hours)

  • EDU 2201 Intro to Education
  • EDU 33XX Societal Relationships and Classroom Management
  • EDU 3320 Foundations of ESL Education
  • EDU 3343 Educational Psychology
  • EDU 4101 Teacher Ed Seminar
  • RDG 3311 Foundations of Literacy
  • SPED 3301 Intro to Exceptional Learners
  • SPED 3302 Language Intercultural Communications
  • SPED 3403 Assessment for Diverse Learners
  • SPED 3304 Consultation Collaboration
  • SPED 41207 Spec Ed Student Teaching

*Course double counts in Common Experience and is not calculated in specialization total hours

 

Capstone

The Capstone Course for this major is SPED 41207 -Spec Ed Student Teaching.

 

Concentrations: Students with a major in Special Education Curriculum will select one of the following concentrations:

All Level EC-12 Special Education ESL ECE-6 Generalist (38 credit hours)

  • SPED 4305 Methods for Teaching the Exceptional Learner
  • SPED 4206 Practicum
  • ECE 3320 ECE Curriculum, Methods Materials
  • EDU 3301 Mathematical Methods-Elem
  • EDU 3304 Children's Lit
  • EDU 3305 Science Health Methods-Elem
  • EDU 3312 Methods of Social Studies
  • HIS 1302 US History from 1877
  • HIS 2311 World History
  • MTH 3301 Math for Elem. Teachers I
  • MTH 3302 Math for Elem. Teachers II
  • RDG 3326 Emergent Literacy and Language in the Primary Grades
  • RDG 3327 Literacy and Language in the Intermediate Grades

 

All Level EC-12 Special Education 4-8 Generalist (40-41 credit hours)

  • SPED 4305 Methods for Teaching the Exceptional Learner
  • SPED 4206 Practicum
  • ECE 3320 ECE Curriculum, Methods Materials
  • EDU 3301 Mathematical Methods-Elem
  • EDU 3304 Children's Lit
  • EDU 3305 Science Health Methods-Elem
  • EDU 3312 Methods of Social Studies
  • HIS 1302 US History from 1877
  • HIS 2311 World History *
  • MTH 3301 Math for Elem. Teachers I
  • MTH 3302 Math for Elem. Teachers II
  • RDG 3541 Literacy Instruction for ELL
  • Any Life Science (BIO, ESC)

 

All Level EC-12 Special Education 4-8 and 7-12 Content (34-35 credit hours)

  • SPED 4305 Methods for Teaching the Exceptional Learner
  • SPED 4206 Practicum
  • EDU 3301 Mathematical Methods-Elem
  • EDU 3305 Science Health Methods-Elem
  • EDU 3312 Methods of Social Studies
  • HIS 1302 US History from 1877
  • HIS 2311 World History *
  • MTH 3301 Math for Elem. Teachers I
  • MTH 3302 Math for Elem. Teachers II
  • RDG 3541 Literacy Instruction for ELL
  • Any Life Science (BIO, ESC)

 

Elective Hours

A sufficient number of credit hours to bring the total number of hours to 128, of which 27 must be upper-level.

 

Outcomes

  • Education majors will identify that every student can learn and reach his/her potential as a unique child of God.
  • Education majors will demonstrate ethical behavior, and care and concern for their peers, students, and family.
  • Education majors will use and create technology applications in the classroom to further student learning.

 

Additional Information about this Degree

Highly encouraged to add 15-18 upper level hours in a second teaching field such as History, Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies

 

Certifications are also available for the following majors:

  • Major BS in Kinesiology with Generalist Track

Minor---Education with EC-12 All-Level Physical Education concentration

  • Major---Music with Performance concentration

Minor---Education with EC-12 All-Level Music concentration

 

Applications must be submitted to the School of Education office and will be evaluated by the Teacher Education Committee on the basis of the following criteria:

Requirements for Full Admission

  • Upper level standing (a minimum of 75 semester credit hours passed) and a cumulative GPA of 2.50 maintained at all times. (For purposes of admission to the Education Program, the GPA of education transfer students is determined by adding CTX work to the entering GPA with all courses attempted included in the GPA calculations.)
  • Grade of "C" or better in all CORE classes, professional courses, and specialization courses.
  • Presentation of minimum or higher scores on the current mandated admission. (THEA scores are presently set at 230 in mathematics and reading, and 220 in writing.)
  • Maintenance of a grade point average of 2.50 or higher in all course work in each of the following areas: Professional education, Specialization courses attempted in the respective major, and Lutheran Teacher Diploma courses (if applicable).
  • Satisfactory ratings in: Interviews with Advisor and Director of Program, Recommendations from faculty, Portfolio presentation.
  • Satisfactory rating in field experiences as determined by the Teacher Education Committee on the basis of data compiled by and submitted to the Director of Teacher Education.
  • Personal, social, and moral qualities, and personal and mental health suitable for teaching as outline in the School of Education's Code of Ethics. All applicants must receive clearance from each of the following offices or persons prior to admission: Dean of Students, Provost, Faculty Advisor, and Faculty head of each teaching field/specialization attempted..
  • Completed Benchmark applications with accompanying documents.

Requirements for Provisional Admission

Provisional admission may be granted at the discretion of the Teacher Education Committee to students meeting the following criteria:

Cumulative grade point average of 2.50 on all work attempted and maintained at all times.

  • Presentation of minimum or higher scores on the current state mandated admission test (THEA).

Complete all requirements for full admission to the Teacher Education Program within one semester. (The only exception to this is if the required course is not taught during that semester.)

 

Certification Examination Information

TExES (Texas Examination of Educator Standards) are a required part of the process for becoming a certified teacher in Texas.

Every person seeking educator certification in Texas must take and pass comprehensive exams. As stated by TEA, "The purpose of these examinations is to ensure that each educator has the prerequisite content and professional knowledge necessary for an entry-level position in Texas public schools."

The foundation for the TExES tests is the TExES Educator Standards, which are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Both the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) and the Examination for the Certification of Educators in Texas (ExCET) are criterion-referenced exams designed to measure knowledge in relation to an established criterion rather than to the performance of other candidates. All of the tests contain multiple-choice questions. Some tests have additional assessment modes (e.g., open-ended written responses).

Currently, there are four Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility (PPR) TExES exams and 60 content area specialization certification exams. All of the PPR exams are offered in two formats; PBT (paper-based tests) and CAT (computer-based tests). Most content area tests are available as CAT; the remainder must be taken as a PBT. For a complete listing of TExES examinations, their competencies, tips for taking TExES, strategies, and brief Practice Tests, see the TExES test website: www.texes.ets.org

1.How do I obtain approval to test? Approval to test is granted through the School of Education offices, once the student has met appropriate requirements.

Undergraduates - contact Glenda Prewett at 512.313.5108 or glenda.prewett@concordia.edu

Graduate students in Teacher Certification,Educational Administration or Advanced Literacy - contact Alison Chai at 512-313-5119 or alison.chai@concordia.edu

2. Will I always need to get approval from Concordia University in order to take a TExES exam? What about after I graduate and am teaching and want to add another certification?

You must get approval from Concordia University until such time as you complete your initial (first-time) certification in Texas. Initial Certification requires that you pass a Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities TExES exam as well as an appropriate content area TExES.

Once you have your initial certification, you may add additional certifications by simply registering to take a TExES exam through the "certification by exam only" route. Some certifications, such as Reading Specialist or Principal, require additional coursework/degrees/experience.

3. May I take both the Pedagogy Professional Responsibilities (Professional Development) TExES and my content area TExES in the same testing day?

Concordia University advises against taking more than one TExES exam in a day.

This fosters your success on all TExES exams.

4. Is there a required order in which I must take my TExES exams?

You may take the TExES exams in any order but we recommend taking your content test first.

CTX recommends the content area before the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) .

CTX recommends completing all TExES exams before student teaching.

TEA holds TExES scores until you complete your program at Concordia.

 

Helpful Internet links when preparing for TExES include:

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/
http://www.texes.ets.org
http://www.texesreviews.com/

Job Search Website:

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/districtSearch.aspx

Search individual school district websites

Should issues or complaints arise about the Concordia University Educator Preparation Program or any of its components, please follow this procedure toward resolution:

  • Contact Texas Education Agency at www.tea.state.tx.us , complaints or mail to Correspondence Management, Texas Education Agency, 1701 N. Congress, Austin, TX 78701
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