What Does it Look Like to Study Religious Education at Concordia?
The College of Education supports the mission of Concordia University Texas by providing ongoing education for future religious educators in a collaborative, field-based, Christian environment for the life-long pursuit of excellence in teaching, learning and serving.
At Concordia, we have developed dedicated, passionate educators and Christian leaders for more than 90 years. Our graduates are prepared to launch a successful teaching career with confidence and to make a difference in people’s lives.
Students in this program will have opportunities for fieldwork and hands-on experience with local ministries around Austin. During their senior year as a Religious Education major, each student will be placed in a local congregation to be mentored by a current Director of Christian Education or youth minister. They will learn through observation and by leading certain ministry activities. Faculty members within the program assist students with the internship placement process.
Curriculum Overview for a Religious Education Major
Most programs within the Church Work programs will include 400 hours of field work throughout four years, starting immediately. The program is designed to include one-on-one advising and a small classroom environment. Interns serve all over the world and have worked on every continent but Antartica. Church workers are trained to think like missionaries and will engage in hands-on ministry experience from the first moment they step on campus.
Here are some highlighted courses:
Leading Contemporary Worship: Prepares religious educators to lead congregations in different forms of worship
Family Ministry: Gives students experience in the field of youth ministries, including family ministry structures.
Cultural Influences on Youth Ministry: Students will explore the American teenager’s world of popular culture and norms through the lens of a missionary.
- There is a 100 percent placement rate for post baccalaureate internships
- Learn in true observational settings
- Lead others to God
“I’m the Youth Director and Missions Coordinator at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Harlingen,
Texas. The missional aspect of the DCE program taught me to lead missions.”
- Kayla Brock, Class of 2014
- Director of Christian Education (LCMS only)
- Camp Director
- Worship Leader
- Nonprofit employee
Why study Religious Education at Concordia?
We believe practical experience is the best teacher. Each semester you will have opportunities for fieldwork and hands-on experience with local ministries around Austin. During your senior year as a Religious Education student, you will be placed in a local congregation to be mentored by a current DCE or youth minister, where you will learn through observation and by leading certain ministry activities.