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Religious Education

A recent change in the governance relationship between CTX and LCMS may affect our church work preparation programs. We are updating our web pages to reflect these changes, but if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our admissions counselor. Visit our Lutheran Identity page for more information.

Become a Christian Educator with a Faith-Based Education at Concordia University Texas.

At Concordia, we prepare dedicated educators and Christian leaders to make a difference in people's lives. Our Religious Education major offers hands-on experience with local ministries, one-on-one advising, and small classroom sizes. With 400 hours of fieldwork throughout four years, our students gain practical experience in leading contemporary worship, family ministry, and cultural influences on youth ministry. During their senior year, students are placed in a local congregation to be mentored by a current Director of Christian Education or youth minister. Join us to launch your teaching career in a collaborative, field-based, Christian environment.

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Join the Next Generation of Passionate Christian Leaders with Concordia's Church Worker Program

Join us today and become a part of Concordia's Church Work program, where you will gain the skills and experience to become a successful religious educator and Christian leader. Enroll now and start your journey towards a life-long pursuit of excellence in teaching, learning, and serving.

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Concordia University Texas and an immersive religous learning experience.

Hands-on Experience in Local Ministries

Concordia University Texas offers an immersive learning experience for religious education students with opportunities for fieldwork and hands-on experience with local ministries around Austin. Students are mentored by experienced Christian leaders and gain valuable skills and insights to make a difference in people's lives.

A Concordia student on the path to a successful teaching career.

Practical Curriculum, Worldly Experience

Concordia's Church Work programs prepare students for successful teaching careers with one-on-one advising, a small classroom environment, and over 400 hours of fieldwork. With a focus on global missions, students gain valuable experience and versatile skills.

Career Outcomes
  • Camp Director
  • Educator Missionary
  • Nonprofit Employee
  • Worship Leader



Concordia University Texas School of Ministry

Benjamin Swafford
Benjamin Swafford

I went to Concordia Texas because it felt like home, like family. The Religious Ed. Program at CTX not only prepared me for a life in professional ministry, but our professors also taught us to never become stagnant. What’s one amazing way that CTX does that? The professors become more than mentors, they become family, and after graduation, colleagues. I have bounced ideas off of and collected resources from a number of professors since I graduated; because they care about how you will change the world.

Dr. Grant Carey

The Religious Education program at Concordia is designed to be a well-rounded education with classes based in communication, theology, psychology, education, and practical ministry. Students will leave equipped for their calling in life, and because of this holistic approach, students are prepared to take on a variety of vocations in churches, non-profits, service institutions, and schools. At Concordia, we strive to go deep theologically, as well as giving students many opportunities to “try-out” all sorts of hands experience through field work in local congregations and community.

Dr. Grant CareyCoordinator, School of Ministry



  • Accreditation

    Concordia University Texas is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate, bachelor, and master degrees along with the Doctorate in Education (Ed.D). Concordia University Texas also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Concordia University Texas may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling 404-679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

  • Admissions requirements

    Students coming to Concordia directly from high school with no full-time college experience must have: 

    • GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) 

    Students who fall below the above requirement will be evaluated by the Office of Admissions and may still be eligible for admission to Concordia. Please contact your Admissions Counselor if you have questions about achieving admission. 

    If you are transferring to Concordia: 

    • Transfer students with 12 or more college-level credit hours completed must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. 
    • Transfer students with fewer than 12 college-level credit hours completed must meet freshman admission requirements. 

    Visit our admissions page to learn more. 

  • Tuition and aid

    At Concordia Texas, we're widening the doors to higher education by making a college degree more accessible and affordable. That's why we've lowered our published tuition price by nearly 40%, with textbooks included at no additional cost. Learn more about how you can achieve an affordable education.

  • Student resources available

    At Concordia, we offer additional resources to ensure your success, including the writing center, math center, speech center and peer tutoring. The CTX Library's eBook collection of over 180,000+ items is available 24/7. The library also provides several Research Guides and Tutorials and you can chat with a librarian 24/7 for additional help. Because you’re a person and not just a student to us, mental health screening, resources and support are also available. Check out our mental health page for more information. 

Get hands-on ministry experience with our Religious Education program at Concordia. Apply now and be mentored by current DCEs and youth ministers in a local congregation during your senior year. Practical experience is the best teacher, and we're ready to prepare you for a successful career in ministry

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