Academics

Master of Arts Degrees

Master of Arts in Christian Education

The Master of Arts in Christian Education is designed for the student whose primary work is in the area of Christian education in a parish setting. The objectives of the program are to:

• Enrich the student’s theological foundations.

• Hone and refine the student’s educational philosophy.

• Improve the student’s skills in areas of ministry in which the student would like to focus.

Admission Requirements

Candidates must:

• Have a minimum of 12 undergraduate or graduate semester hours in the field of parish education or parish leadership.

• Have a minimum of 12 hours of theology or equivalent, including a course in basic Christian doctrine, in New Testament and in Old Testament studies.

• Complete a personal profile essay of approximately 750 words written under supervision. The essay is to include a description of ministry experience, ministry style and philosophy, recognized needs to be met through the degree, and a personal statement of faith.

• Submit two letters of recommendation (academic proficiency, personal character, competence in professional ministry), one of which must be from a church professional.

• Previous coursework and life experience of the student will be evaluated to determine if additional hours will be needed. Students who complete the program will be awarded a Master of Arts in Christian Education.

Track One

This track is for students seeking a Master of Arts with a major in Christian Education. Most typically these students will be already rostered as DCEs in The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.

Program Requirements

Complete 33 semester hours of coursework as indicated including the Master’s Capstone Experience; at least 18 hours at the 6000 level.

Course Requirements

Theological Foundations (6 hours)

Select two courses, one that is a Biblical studies course, and one course that is either systematic theology, historical theology or religious education.

THY-4260 The Lutheran Confessions
THY-4330 Martin Luther
THY-4500 Spiritual Nurture of the Young Child
THY-4505 Spiritual Nurture of the Elementary School Age Child
THY-4510 Spiritual Nurture of the Adolescent
THY-4540 Theories of Religious Instruction
THY-4550 Educational Ministry of the Church
THY-4560 Confirmation Theology and Practice
THY-6020 Psalms
THY-6030 Messianic Prophecies
THY-6040 The Intertestamental Period
THY-6100 The Parables of Jesus
THY-6110 New Testament and Early Church Worship
THY-6120 The General Epistles
THY-6313 Baptism and Eucharist
THY-6320 Early Christian Fathers
THY-6330 Topics in the History of Christianity
THY-6353 Studies in Christian Worship: Theology and Music
THY-6400 The Christian in Society
THY-6500 Moral, Ethic, and Spiritual Development of the Child
THY-6520 Spiritual Maturity and the Adult Life Cycle

Educational Foundations (6 hours)

Select two courses from the following courses:
EDU-6000 Classroom Discipline
EDU-6040 Classroom Teaching Skills
EDU-6100 Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of Early Childhood Curriculum
EDU-6115 Infant and Toddler Programs
EDU-6130 Play Theory in Child Development and Education
EDU-6160 Parent Involvement in ECE
EDU-6330 Advocacy and Children’s Rights
EDU-6500 Curriculum Construction

Additional Required Courses

EDL-6330 Parish Education Leadership
EDL-6985 Practicum in Christian Education (serves as a capstone experience)
EDL-6970 Independent Research
THY-4520 Religious Education of the Adult
THY-6510 Foundations of Christian Education

Electives (6 hours)

Elective courses may be selected from the field of education, theology, behavioral science or music. Some courses taken by undergraduate students for DCE certification are offered as graduate-level courses. Students may not take a course at the graduate level if they already have taken it at the undergraduate level.

Track Two

This track is for students seeking a master of arts degree and certification as Director of Christian Education in The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. Students in Track Two must be members in a congregation of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.

This program combines the master’s degree and the LCMS-DCE certification requirements. Students holding LCMS-DCE certification are not eligible for Track II.

Program Requirements

Complete the 18 hours of prescribed graduate courses, the six-hour internship and the 29-hour DCE core as indicated including the Master’s Capstone Experience. 39 hours must be completed at the graduate level and at least 24 hours must be completed at the 6000 graduate level. In addition, a maximum of 15 graduate level hours from the DCE core may be applied to the 39-hour requirement. Transferability of coursework toward the DCE core is not limited by the graduate policy on transfer credit; however, the graduate policy on transfer credit does apply to the 39 hours of graduate level courses.

DCE Core (29 hours)
EDL-4300 Foundations of DCE Ministry
EDL-4311 Parish Teaching I
EDL-4312 Parish Teaching II
EDL-4320 Administration of Parish Education
EDL-4330 Youth Ministry Theory and Practice
EDL-4340 Church Leadership Development
PSY-4201 Counseling Skills
THY-4450 Ministry to the Family

Theological Foundations (6 hours)

Select two courses, one that is a Biblical studies course and one course that is either systematic theology, historical theology or religious education.

THY-4260 The Lutheran Confessions
THY-4330 Martin Luther
THY-4500 Spiritual Nurture of the Young Child
THY-4505 Spiritual Nurture of the Elementary School Age Child

THY-4510 Spiritual Nurture of the Adolescent
THY-4520 Religious Education of the Adult
THY-4540 Theories of Religious Instruction
THY-4550 Educational Ministry of the Church
THY-4560 Confirmation Theology and Practice
THY-6020 Psalms
THY-6030 Messianic Prophecies
THY-6040 The Intertestamental Period
THY-6100 The Parables of Jesus
THY-6110 New Testament and Early Christian Worship
THY-6120 The General Epistles
THY-6313 Baptism and Eucharist
THY-6320 Early Christian Fathers
THY-6330 Topics in the History of Christianity
THY-6353 Studies in Christian Worship: Theology and Music
THY-6400 The Christian in Society
THY-6500 Moral, Ethical and Spiritual Development of the Child
THY-6510 Foundations of Christian Education
THY-6520 Spiritual Maturity and the Adult Life Cycle

Educational Foundations (3 hours)

Select one of the following courses:

EDU-6000 Classroom Discipline
EDU-6040 Classroom Teaching Skills
EDU-6100 Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of Early Childhood Curriculum
EDU-6115 Infant and Toddler Programs
EDU-6130 Play Theory in Child Development and Education
EDU-6160 Parent Involvement in ECE
EDU-6330 Advocacy and Children’s Rights
EDU-6500 Curriculum Construction

Required Courses (6 hours)
EDL-6630 Parish Education Leadership
EDL-6985 Practicum in Christian Education (This Practicum serves as a capstone experience.)
Internship (12 hours)

Select three one-hour Christian education seminars. See program coordinator for available seminars.

EDL-6990 Internship in Christian Education
(6 hours each semester for two semesters)

The internship consists of working full-time in a parish for 12 months. If the student is presently serving in a church, the internship can be taken at that site and be a part of the normal ministry. If student is not serving presently in a parish, an appropriate internship site will be found for the candidate.

NOTE: Up to 14 hours of the DCE core may be taken at an undergraduate level. If a student has more than 14 hours of DCE core courses at the undergraduate level, the student needs to substitute graduate level theology, education, leadership or psychology courses for those hours.

Theology Requirement: To be certified, students must have completed at either an undergraduate or graduate level at least one course in each of the four following areas: Old Testament, New Testament, Lutheran Doctrine and Church History.

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (54 hours)

The aim of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Concordia University Chicago is to prepare candidates with the professional knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to address the wide variety of complex issues and concerns relevant to the field of clinical mental health. Candidates receive a high quality education emphasizing Christian beliefs. The program also recognizes, values, and instills the development of techniques and competencies imperative to effectiveness as professionals within the therapeutic community.

Specifically, the Clinical Counseling Program trains candidates to work with individuals, groups, and families as well as cultivating the skills necessary for employment in a variety of settings including residential, social service agencies, hospitals, and religious organizations.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program prepares candidates as qualified therapists able to practice in a variety of contexts. These settings may include community agencies, residential settings, social service agencies, hospitals, religious organizations, and private practice. Candidates from the program exhibit high standards of professionalism while integrating theory, technique, and ethics into every aspect of their careers. The program requirements reflect current educational components of the Licensed Professional Counselor examination in the State of Illinois. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree also holds special and unique accreditation by the Council of Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).

Additional Admission Requirement

Documented evidence of 12 semester hours of prior coursework in sociology or psychology with a grade of “C” or better and departmental approval.

Required Coursework

Human Growth and Development
CED-6035 Counseling and Human Development

Counseling Theory
CED-6010 Counseling Theory and Practice

Counseling Techniques
CED-6015 Counseling Interventions and Techniques
CED-6350 Brief Therapy

Group Dynamics
CED-6340 Clinical Group Counseling

Appraisal of Individuals
PSY-6025 Assessment Techniques
PSY-6040 Applied Psychopathology and Diagnosis

Research and Evaluation
PSY-6030 Research in Psychology

Professional, Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
CED-6000 Introduction to the Counseling Profession
CED-6045 Ethics, Law & Morality for Counselors

Social and Cultural Foundations
CED-6055 Multicultural Counseling

Lifestyle and Career Development
CED-6020 Career Counseling and Education

Substance Abuse
CED-6420 Substance/Alcohol Abuse & Treatment OR
CED-6430 Counseling Persons with Addictions

Family Dynamics
CED-6550 Family Systems Theory and Therapy

Professional Curricular
CED-6300 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Profession

Clinical
CED-6930 Practicum: Clinical Mental Health Counseling
CED-6935 Internship: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Capstone Experience

Choose from the following options:

• Option 1: Master’s Thesis

• Option 2: Independent Research Paper and Oral Defense

Master of Arts in Critical Perspectives in Education (30 hours)

This program prepares you, the education professional, for work as a change agent in your classroom, school and broader educational arena. Developed for the engaged, passionate educator committed to a transformational vision of schooling, this degree equips you with the knowledge base, skill sets and critical perspectives needed for successful practice and advocacy in a variety of educational settings.

In a political and policy climate that encourages and praises direct instruction methods, skills-based learning and accountability through testing, this program is situated within democratic theories of education and is designed to provide you with the tools to engage in meaningful and creative conversations about the short-term and long-term consequences of today’s climate.

Required Coursework

FPR-6000 Foundations of American Education
FPR-6050 Critical Pedagogy & Educational Theory
FPR-6060 Education in Popular Imagination
FPR-6550 Politics/Policies in Urban Schools
FPR-6555 Seminar in Reflective Practice
FPR-6640 Teacher as Researcher
FPR-6700 Reconceptualizing the Curriculum
FPR-7500 Assessment: Educational Settings
FPR-7705 Learning In/Outside the Classroom
FPR-7720 Urban Education in a Global Community

Capstone Experience

The capstone experience will be included within the Seminar class.

 

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (30 hours)

Concordia University Chicago master of arts degree in curriculum and instruction provides graduate candidates with an innovative, world-class learning experience. Courses are taught by experienced education leaders and scholars, who assist candidates throughout a rigorous degree track, by stressing the importance of integrity, competence and servant leadership. Faculty methods utilize the latest technology and engage students through real-world applications using multiple instructional models. Concordia University Chicago faculty establish a critical theoretical and practical approach for well-rounded learning environments which prepare candidates for success in the field of education today and tomorrow for education leaders.

The master of arts degree in curriculum and instruction is directed toward the preparation of master classroom teachers. The program enables teachers to increase mastery of curriculum methodology, pedagogy and theoretical applications and apply these skills to their teaching to achieve a deeper penetration into subjects, enhance understanding of the learner and the process of education, and become a resource person for curriculum development.

Required Coursework

EDU-6212 Studies in Literacy and Multiliteracies
EDU-6460 Foundations & Ethics in American Education
EDU-6500 Curriculum Construction
EDU-6515 Contemporary Issues in Curriculum & Pedagogy
EDU-6525 Teacher as Practitioner
EDU-6535 Teacher as Leader
EDU-6540 Special Education Curriculum & Pedagogy
EDU-6545 Action Research
EDU-6555 Seminar in Reflective Practice
PSY-6500 Cognitive Development

Capstone Experience

As the final capstone experience for the master’s program, candidates will be required to design and implement an action research project around the teaching and learning within their classrooms or schools. Students will master the content and skills required to complete this action research capstone in the last two courses in the program: Teacher as Researcher and Seminar in Reflective Practice.

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with ESL Endorsement (30 hours)

The master of arts degree program in ELL/ESL is embedded in the curriculum and instruction master of arts degree program. It is explicitly focused on developing teachers as leaders in their individual classrooms, schools, districts, as well as in the broader global community.

This program achieves a balance between the practical, everyday needs of teachers in the classroom and the critical thinking and decision-making skills that are necessary for Concordia University Chicago candidates to develop as competent teacher leaders. This program further cultivates a sense of responsibility toward and provides the necessary tools for effective teacher advocacy.

Graduates from the ESL/curriculum and instruction master of arts degree program will be equipped to both envision and enact educational change for language learners throughout the country and beyond. The program develops teachers with the integrity to actively respect the learning of all students, integrate appropriate curriculum methodologies across the various content areas, and engage in policy recommendations and advocacy for their communities.

Upon completion of the ESL strand in the master of arts in curriculum and instruction, candidates are ready to sit for the Content Test in English as a Second Language. Completion of this requirement makes the candidate eligible for the ESL endorsement to be attached to an existing Standard Teaching Certificate offered by the State of Illinois.

Required Coursework

Core Courses

EDU-6500 Curriculum Construction
EDU-6555 Seminar in Reflective Practice
FPR-6000 Foundations of American Education
FPR-6650 Action Research for Practitioners 


ESL Concentration

EDU-6027 Assessment of Language Minority Students
EDU-6610 Language and Linguistics
EDU-6620 Teaching English as a Second Language
EDU-6630 Methods and Materials for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
FPR-6300 Foundations of Bilingual/Bicultural Education
FPR-6350 Cross-Cultural Studies: Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

Capstone Experience

As the final capstone experience for the master’s program, candidates will be required to design and implement an action research project around the teaching and learning within their classrooms or schools. Students will master the content and skills required to complete this action research capstone in the last two courses in the program: Teacher as Researcher and Seminar in Reflective Practice.

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with ESL and Bilingual Endorsement (33 hours)

The master of arts degree program in ELL/ESL and Bilingual is embedded in the curriculum and instruction master of arts degree program at Concordia University Chicago. It is explicitly focused on developing teachers as leaders in their individual classrooms, schools, districts, as well as in the broader global community.

This program achieves a balance between the practical, everyday needs of teachers in the classroom and the critical thinking and decision-making skills that are necessary for Concordia University Chicago candidates to develop as competent teacher leaders. This program further cultivates a sense of responsibility toward and provides the necessary tools for effective teacher advocacy.

Graduates from the ESL+bilingual/curriculum and instruction master of arts degree program will be equipped to both envision and enact educational change for language learners throughout the country and beyond. The program develops teachers with the integrity to actively respect the learning of all students integrate appropriate curriculum methodologies across the various content areas, and engage in policy recommendations and advocacy for their communities.

Upon completion of the ESL strand of the master of arts in curriculum and instruction, candidates are ready to sit for the Content Test in English as a Second Language. Completion of this requirement makes the candidate eligible for the ESL endorsement to be attached to an existing Standard Teaching Certificate offered by the State of Illinois.

Upon completion of the bilingual strand of this degree, candidates are eligible to sit for the State of Illinois language examination in the non-English language to be taught.

Required Coursework

Core Courses

EDU-6500 Curriculum Construction
EDU-6555 Seminar in Reflective Practice
FPR-6000 Foundations of American Education
FPR-6650 Action Research for Practitioners

ESL Concentration

EDU-6027 Assessment of Language Minority Students
EDU-6610 Language and Linguistics
EDU-6620 Teaching English as a Second Language
EDU-6630 Methods and Materials for Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
FPR-6300 Foundations of Bilingual/Bicultural Education
FPR-6350 Cross-Cultural Studies: Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

Bilingual Concentration

EDU-6635 Methods and Materials for Teaching Bilingual Students

Capstone Experience

As the final capstone experience for the master’s program, candidates will be required to design and implement an action research project around the teaching and learning within their classrooms or schools. Students will master the content and skills required to complete this action research capstone in the last two courses in the program: Teacher as Researcher and Seminar in Reflective Practice.

Master of Arts in Differentiated Instruction (30 hours)

The master of arts degree in differentiated instruction is designed for current educators with two to ten years of experience who are interested in leading change and reform efforts in their educational settings. These educators are those looking for knowledge, skills and dispositions to act as teacher-leaders in planning and implementing differentiated instructional improvements and curricular enhancements as they relate to all students. Candidates will:

• think critically, creatively, and analytically in ways that promote meaningful teaching and learning experiences;

• be able to articulate learning theory, assess student needs and develop curriculum and instructional strategies to
meet those needs;

• master a variety of cognitive and learning theories, differentiation in the content areas, instructional technology across the curriculum, various instructional approaches and the importance of managing the
differentiated learning environment using research-based instructional strategies and data-driven decision making.

Required Coursework

EDI-6010 Differentiation and Learning Theory
EDI-6020 Curriculum and Instruction Development for Differentiated Classrooms
EDI-6030 Instructional Methods for Differentiated Classrooms
EDI-6XXX Seminar in Differentiated Instruction
EDL-6380 Assessment/Evaluation for Data-Driven Decisions
EDT-6010 Integrating Technology Across Curriculum
EDU-6212 Studies in Literacy and Multiliteracies
EDU-6360 Characteristics and Learning Needs of Students with Learning/Behavior Disorders
EDU-6425 Psychology & Methods for Teaching the Exceptional Learner
FPR-6350 Cross Cultural Studies: Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students

Capstone Experience

The EDI-6040 course will serve as the capstone course. Candidates will demonstrate differentiated teaching instruction in a field setting by designing a unit of study or block of instruction using differentiated strategies. Candidates will then teach the unit to students in an educational setting, analyze student learning gains, and reflect on their implementation of differentiated instruction. Candidates also will demonstrate their proficiency, knowledge and skills by integrating technology as a teaching and learning tool throughout the unit and its implementation.

 

Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education (30 hours)

Concordia University Chicago’s Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education is directed toward the preparation of educators who desire to become an accomplished early childhood teacher, an early childhood administrator, an early childhood public policy and advocacy specialist, or an early teacher educator or researcher.  This program is designed to provide candidates with a strong background in child and language development, family and community relationships, assessment, research, theory and practice of birth-through-age-eight programs within a variety of educational settings. After receiving their degrees, our graduates will be ideal educators in the design and implementation of early childhood curriculum and programs in centers, home child care, schools, districts and other settings. They will also be able to contribute their leadership and advocacy to various early childhood programs and organizations.

Required Coursework

ECE-6100 Early Childhood Curriculum & Content: Ages 3-5
ECE-6105 Observation and Assessment
ECE-6110 School Age Curriculum: Ages 6-8
ECE-6115 Infant and Toddler Curriculum
ECE-6120 Developmentally Effective Instruction for the Diverse Learner
ECE-6160 Child, Family, & Multicultural Community
ECE-6170 Professional Leadership & Advocacy in Early Childhood Education

ECE-6180 Trends & Issues in Early Childhood Education
ECE-6190 Practicum & Research in Early Childhood Education
ECE-6320 Child Development & Ethics in Early Childhood Education

Capstone Experience

The capstone experience for early childhood education is in the course ECE-6190. As the capstone course, candidates will demonstrate proficiency on all National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) advanced standards by designing a culminating project. This culminating project allows candidates to demonstrate their proficiency, knowledge and skills in child development, family and community relationships, assessment, developmentally appropriate practices, leadership and advocacy as they experience teaching and learning with young children birth through age eight in various early childhood settings.

Master of Arts in Educational Technology (30 hours)

The purpose of the educational design and technology program is to prepare educators with the competencies required to improve the quality and effectiveness of instructional programs. As learners develop skills that are aligned with the national educational standards and performance indicators as set forth by International Society for Technology in Education, they develop and assess the impact of technology-based learning experiences. Through this program of study, students will meet state coursework requirements for the Technology Specialist Endorsement. Students must pass appropriate state content exams to receive formal endorsement.

Required Coursework

EDT-6010 Integrating Technology Across the Curriculum
EDT-6030 Using Technology to Build Learning Communities
EDT-6040 Visual Literacy in the Classroom
EDT-6050 Technology for Effective Decision Making in  Teaching and Learning
EDT-6065 Emerging Trends and Future Technology in Education
EDT-6070 Educational Technology Leadership
EDT-6080 Applied Project in Educational Technology
EDT 6205 Educational Technology Hardware and Software

EDU-6545 Action Research

Capstone Experience

The EDT-6080 Applied Project in Educational Technology course serves as the capstone experience for this degree.

 

Master of Arts in Educational Technology plus Type 10 Certification
(33 hours)

The purpose of the educational technology program is intended to prepare educators with the competencies required to improve the quality and effectiveness of instructional programs. As learners develop skills that are aligned with the national educational standards and performance indicators as set forth by International Society for Technology in Education, they develop and assess the impact of technology-based learning experiences. Through this program of study, students will meet state coursework requirements for the Technology Specialist Type 10 Certificate. In comparison with the master of arts program, the specific course sequence in this program is distinct, with a few more hardware and software-focused courses. Students must pass appropriate state content exams to receive formal certification.

Required Coursework

CSE-6120 Technology, Society, and Education
EDT-6010 Integrating Technology Across the Curriculum
EDT-6030 Using Technology to Build Learning Communities
EDT-6040 Visual Literacy in the Classroom
EDT-6050 Technology for Effective Decision Making in Teaching and Learning
EDT-6060 Trends and Future Technology in Education
EDT-6070 Educational Technology Leadership
EDT-6080 Applied Project in Educational Technology
EDT-6205 Educational Technology: Hardware and Software
EDU-6545 Action Research
FPR-6010 Theoretical, Ethical, and Practical Foundations of Educational Technology

Capstone Experience

The EDT-6080 course serves as the capstone experience for this degree.

 

Master of Arts in Gerontology (33 hours)

The wellness of our aging population requires carefully constructed social and healthcare programs to preserve its quality of life. Concordia’s gerontology concentration addresses these vital concerns by preparing its advance degree holders with the skills essential to delivering and managing these programs on both a local and national level.

Required Coursework

CED-6045 Ethics, Law and Morality for Counselors
CED-6055 Multicultural Counseling
SOC-6100 Methods of Evaluation Research
SOC-6160 Social Gerontology
SOC-6330 Death and Dying
SOC-6500 Public Policies and Aging
SOC-6510 Diversity in Aging
SOC-6900 Seminar in Gerontology
SOC-6980 Practicum in Gerontology
PSY-6050 Psychology of Adult Development
PSY-6495 Administration of Human Services

Capstone Experience

The capstone experience is fulfilled through the course SOC-6900, Seminar in Gerontology.

 

Master of Arts in Human Services-Administration (33 hours)

The Master of Arts in Human Services Administration program promotes leadership and service to others. It addresses the needs of students who are moving into supervisory roles to lead agencies that provide social services to a wide variety of clients. These organizations could include non-profits, for-profit services and government agencies. A combination of knowledge and skills in both management and human development provides a strong framework for understanding such administrative roles.

Required Coursework

Required Core

CED-6300 Clinical Mental Health Counseling
PSY-6030 Research in Psychology
PSY-6495 Administration of Human Services
PSY-6995 Internship in Human Services-Administration

Ethics Course

Choose one graduate level ethics course.

Administration Courses

One 6000-level ACC course.
One 6000-level MGT course.
One 6000-level MKT course.
One additional 6000-level ACC, MGT, or MKT course.

Elective Courses

Choose two 6000-level courses from CED, PSY, SOC, or SOW.

Master of Arts in Human Services-Exercise Science (33 hours)

The aim of the Master of Arts in Human Service-Exercise Science program at Concordia University is to provide a broad-based body of knowledge in related fields in order to meet the expressed needs of human services personnel in exercise science and fitness centers, both within and outside hospital settings. Graduate students receive a high quality educational program that emphasizes Christian beliefs. The program also recognizes, values, and encourages the development of skills and competencies that will be needed throughout the candidate’s career as in the field.

Required Coursework

Required Core

PES-6100 Contemporary Issues in Health and Wellness
PES-6991 Internship: Exercise Science
PSY-6495 Administration of Human Services

Ethics Course

SOW-6100 Ethical Issues in Helping Professions OR
THY-6400 The Christian in Society

Development

Choose one of the following:

CED-6035 Counseling and Human Development
*PES-6431 Physical Growth and Motor Development
PSY-6050 Adult Development and Aging

Counseling

Select one 6000-level CED or PSY course related to counseling.

Research and Assessment

Choose one of the following:

FPR-7610 Quantitative Analysis
PES-6740 Measurement and Evaluation in Human Performance
PSY-6030 Research in Psychology
PSY-6800 Advanced Research in Psychology

Electives

Choose 4 of the following (12 hours)

PES-6123 Nutrition for Human Performance
PES-6210 Fitness Testing & Exercise Prescription
PES-6410 Biomechanics
PES-6420 Physiology of Exercise
PES-6431 Physical Growth and Motor Development
PES-6970 Independent Research
PES-6980 Practicum: Exercise Science & Fitness Management

Capstone Experience

Choose from Options 1-3.

 

Master of Arts in Illinois Principal Preparation (33 hours)

Required Coursework

RES-6600 Research for School Leaders
EDL-6120 Supervision and Evaluation to Improve Teaching and Learning
EDL-6130 School Evaluation and Change Processes
EDL-6230 School Law and Policies
EDL-6235 Principal as Resource Manager
EDL-6240 Instructional Leadership
EDL-6300 Ethical Leadership: Models and Practice
EDL-6140 Curriculum and Assessment: Frameworks for Student Learning
EDL-6310 School, Families, and Community Partnerships
EDL-6983 Internship I
EDL-6984 Internship II

Capstone Experience

EDL 6983 and 6984 fulfill the capstone experience.

 

Master of Arts in Music (33 hours)

An integration of studies in music and other supporting areas designed to broaden the student’s experience and knowledge in music and its application to a variety of professional and personal goals. This program will provide opportunities for the student to:

• Deepen experience with and understanding of music.

• Engage in exploration of a broad range of church music topics.

• Extend capacities in musical creativity and performance.

• Broaden understanding of the relationship of music to other disciplines.

Entrance Requirements

• Complete at least 30 hours of music courses at the undergraduate level including nine hours in music theory and six hours in music history.

• Pass entrance exams in theory, history, and aural skills.

• Demonstrate basic piano skills equivalent to MUSA-2600.

• Perform an audition in a primary instrument or voice, or present a research paper or composition equivalent to work done at the undergraduate level.

• Students with undergraduate deficiencies may, depending upon their background, satisfy the entrance requirements by taking undergraduate level work or review courses, or by self-study and examination. A grade of “B” or better in a review course may be used to satisfy the undergraduate deficiencies. The deficiencies (including piano skills) may be satisfied during the course of studies.

Program Requirements

Successful completion of 33 semester hours of coursework including the Master’s Capstone Experience.

The M.A. program may be completed in four consecutive terms (summer, fall, spring, summer) or five consecutive
summer terms.

Areas of Study

Foundational Music Studies (11-12 hours)

Theory (3 hours)
MUS-6133 Analysis and Compositional Techniques
MUS-6143 Composing for the Liturgy
MUS-6153 Music Theory: Form & Analysis
MUS-6163 Orchestration and Arranging
MUS-6173 Music Theory: Counterpoint

History (3 hours)
MUS-6213 The Literature of the Organ
MUS-6223 J.S. Bach and the Baroque
MUS-6253 Choral Literature
MUS-6263 20th-Century Music Literature and Techniques
MUS-6343 Music in the Age of Reformation
MUS-6643 The Literature of the Piano

Research (3 hours)

MUS-6243 Music Research and Bibliography

Mission Support (2-3 hours)

MUS-6323 Music for the Contemporary Church
MUS-6333 Traditions of Christian Hymnody
MUS-6353 Studies in Christian Worship: Theology & Music
MUS-6362 Musical Heritage of the Church (2 hours)

Music Support Courses (10-11 hours)

Applied Music (Two hours minimum; at least two semesters of study)

Any 6000 level MUS or MUSA courses (8-9 hours)

Liberal Arts Courses (up to 11 hours)

Theology (3 hours)

Any 6000-level THY course, except THY-6353 if taken as MUS-6353
Any 6000-level courses (including MUS) which support the area of study, by consent of the advisor.

Written Comprehensive Examination (0 hours)

To be taken during the semester of, but prior to, the capstone project.

Capstone Project (1-6 hours)

Options 1, 2, or 6.

Credit for the capstone project will count toward requirements under music support courses or liberal arts courses as approved by the student’s advisor.

 

Master of Arts in Psychology (33 hours)

The Concordia advanced degree in psychology is widely respected for its ability to prepare graduates with the professional qualifications essential to helping persons in both private and public clinical environments. Students will find this curriculum’s rigorous combination of timely theory and hands-on clinical experience the ideal foundation for pursuit of education, research and mental health careers across many societal and institutional sectors.

Required Coursework

Research
FPR-7610 Quantitative Analysis
PSY-6030 Research in Psychology
PSY-6800 Advanced Research in Psychology

One additional graduate-level statistics course chosen in consultation with advisor.

Assessment
PSY-6025 Assessment Techniques
PSY-6050 Applied Psychopathology

Ethics
One graduate-level ethics course

Electives
Choose two graduate level PSY courses (6 hours).

Thesis
PSY-6990 Master’s Thesis (6 hours)

Capstone Experience

The capstone experience will be completed through the Master’s Thesis.

 

Master of Arts in Reading Education (30 hours)

Concordia University Chicago’s Master of Arts in Reading education program provides a theoretical and practical framework for literacy instruction and assessment within an emphasis on current research. The program also provides candidates the opportunity to receive a rigorous, high quality educational program that encourages the development of skills and competencies that will be needed throughout the candidates’ professional career as a reading specialist or literacy coach. Upon successful completion of the ten required courses and the Illinois 176 Specialty Test, candidates are eligible for the IL Type 10 certificate, enabling them to work in a reading professional role in early childhood, elementary, middle, and secondary school settings.

To be eligible for the Illinois Standard Special Certificate in reading (K-12) Type 10, students must meet the following requirements:

• Hold a valid Type 3, 4 or 9 Illinois Teaching Certificate prior to entering program

• Complete the reading education program

• Pass all State of Illinois examinations

• Have successfully completed two years of lead teaching experience

• Complete the master’s capstone experience

Required Coursework

EDU-6200 Beginning Reading Instruction
EDU-6210 Studies in Elementary School Reading
EDU-6225 Diagnosis of Reading Problems
EDU-6226 Remediation of Reading Problems
EDU-6230 Content Reading: Middle & Secondary Schools
EDU-6295 Practicum in Reading Instruction (Practicum I)
EDU-6296 Practicum in Remedial Reading (Practicum II)
EDU-6205 Language and Reading Theory
EDU-6300 Research in Children’s Literature
EDU-6291 Roles, Relationships, and Ethics of the Reading Professional

Capstone Experience

This culminating project highlights the candidate’s mastery of content throughout their studies. Capstones are traditionally a summary of work demonstrating overall growth and specific understandings of the professional standards. The capstone serves as a performance-based evaluation and promotes reflective practice. It also demonstrates the professional’s proficiency in integrating technology and their ability to interpret theory
into practice.

 

Master of Arts in Religion (33 hours)

Program Objectives:

This online program, with a concentration in Christian Studies, is an ideal way for those who work within the church to enhance their theological knowledge and expertise. The courses and degree also may appeal to laypersons wishing to enrich their understanding of the Bible and Christian theology.

The program is taught in cohort groups that study together online as they progress through the 11 courses required for the degree. Cohorts are limited to 15 students, with one cohort scheduled to begin each fall semester.

Admission Requirements

In addition to regular requirements for admission, applicants must have at least 12 credit hours at the undergraduate level in theology or pass competency exams in Old Testament, New Testament and doctrine as administered by the department.

Degree Requirements

The degree involves 33 semester hours of work, including a Capstone Experience. Fifteen of those hours are in theological foundations courses, one course from each of five categories:

Old Testament Studies
New Testament Studies
Systematic Theology
Historical Theology
Church and Society or Religious Education

Areas of Study

Foundations Courses

Choose one course from each of the following categories:

Historical Theology
New Testament Studies
Old Testament Studies

Systematic Theology

Religious Education

Concentration (15 hours)

THY-6120 General Epistles
THY-6330 Topics in the History of Christianity
THY-6353 Studies in Christian Worship: Theology and Music

Capstone

THY-6XXX Capstone Project

 

Master of Arts in School Counseling (48 hours)

The aim of the School Counseling Program at Concordia University Chicago is to prepare school counselors who exhibit high standards of professional competence and ethical practice.

Graduate students receive a high quality educational program that emphasizes Christian beliefs. The program also recognizes, values and encourages the development of skills and competencies that will be needed throughout the candidate’s career as a school counselor. Specifically, the School Counseling Program at Concordia-Chicago offers training in providing individual and group work as well as development and refinement of skills necessary to work in elementary, middle and high school settings in both public and private schools. The School Counseling Program is specifically and carefully designed to prepare candidates for work as school counselors in elementary, middle and high school settings. The program of study meets certification requirements of the State of Illinois. Upon completion of the program, candidates are eligible for Type 73 certification (School Service Personnel Certificate K-12).

Required Coursework

Students who do not hold a standard teaching certificate in the State of Illinois are required to complete the following three courses with demonstrated competencies. These courses are required, cannot be used towards elective requirements in the 48 hour portion of the program and must be completed prior to starting CED-6925 Internship: School Counseling.

• EDU-4410/6425 Psychology and Methods of Teaching the Exceptional Learner
• PSY-4430 Affective Education
• PSY-6505 Psychological Theories and Educational Processes

Human Growth & Development
CED-6035 Counseling and Human Development

Counseling Theory
CED-6010 Counseling Theory and Practice

Counseling Techniques
CED-6015 Counseling Techniques and Intervention

Group Dynamics
CED-6240 Group Work in Schools

Appraisal of Individuals
CED-6250 Fundamentals of Assessment OR
PSY-6025 Assessment Techniques

Research and Evaluation
CED-6230 Evaluation and Research for Counselors OR
PSY-6030 Research in Psychology

Social and Cultural Foundations
CED-6055 Multicultural Counseling

Lifestyle and Career Development
CED-6020 Career Counseling

Professional Curricular Experience and Maladaptive Behavior
CED-6210 School Counseling Program Development and Organization
CED-6220 Counseling and Consulting in Schools

Elective

Any graduate level course chosen in consultation with your advisor.

Clinical Experience
CED-6920 Practicum: School Counseling
CED-6925 Internship: School Counseling

Capstone Experience

Portfolio and Oral Defense.

 

Master of Arts in School Leadership (30 hours)

The Concordia University Chicago Department of Leadership is at the forefront in providing educators with quality, relevant, and current graduate education, which enhances the leadership of public and nonpublic teachers and administrators as they positively impact schools. We prepare our candidates to be teacher and administrator leaders guiding the public and nonpublic schools in the service of students so that they may become effective citizens in society.

To be eligible for the Illinois State Administrative Certificate (Type 75) endorsement, candidates who enroll and complete the masters of arts in school leadership must hold a valid teaching certificate and have a minimum of two years of teaching experience in a state-recognized school. Application for this endorsement is made through the Office of the Registrar following graduation.

Required Coursework

EDL-6120 Supervision and Improvement of Instruction
EDL-6130 School Evaluation and Chance Processes
EDL-6210 School Finance and Business Management
EDL-6220 School Organization and Human Resources
EDL-6230 School Law
EDL-6240 Instructional Leadership
EDL-6300 Ethics of School Leadership
EDL-6983 School Leadership Internship I
EDL-6984 School Leadership Internship II
FPR-6600 Research in Education

Capstone Experience

A year-long (two consecutive semesters) capstone clinical experience offering a variety of appropriate site-based hands-on experiences including public policy in a diverse setting supervised by university and site personnel. These should be among the final courses in the program (EDL 6983 and 6984). Prerequisite: The student must be in the School Leadership Program and/or Type 75 General Administrative Certificate Program. Students must consult with their advisor before registering for these courses.