Academics

Elementary Education

Elementary school teachers are certified to teach grades Kindergarten through eight. At Concordia-Chicago, it’s a rigorous certification, preparing you to teach all subject areas:

  • reading
  • language arts
  • mathematics
  • science
  • social studies
  • art
  • music 
  • physical education 

As an elementary teacher candidate at CUC, you’ll receive hands-on training in the emerging necessity of technology in the classroom as well as first-hand experience teaching students core basics while building upon their skills and interests.

Program Overview

Originally founded as the Addison Teachers Seminary in 1864, the University has a 150-year track record of producing some of the most qualified teachers in the country. More than a dozen CUC graduates have been recognized by the highly prestigious Golden Apple Foundation for outstanding teaching, which speaks volumes about the level of training you will receive.

At CUC, you are trained by experienced educators who themselves are teachers with years of practical classroom experience. Our faculty understand the day-to-day challenges you will encounter because they have been there themselves. They strive to thoroughly prepare you for the realities you will face as a teacher. Concordia-Chicago's location near Chicago provides access to a rich socioeconomic learning environment at the crossroads of urban and suburban communities.

General Course Information

In addition to your general education courses, you will receive training in specific elementary education courses, which focus on the characteristics, assessment and instructional strategies needed to teach one of the widest-ranging age groups available for certification.

Concordia-Chicago teacher candidates must complete a rigorous 16-week student teaching internship in real classrooms—this means you are managing and teaching a class of your own and building your resume before you even graduate.

For details about required courses and course descriptions, please visit our online catalog

Opportunities

In addition to your student teaching experience, the Office of Career Services also participates in Teacher Fest, with more than 100 Illinois school districts in attendance lookingfor teaching candidates. This is also a way to build strong contacts and meet hiring principals face-to-face. Concordia-Chicago also partners with the Illinois Small College Placement Association as well as CareerRookie, which provides extensive databases of internships, jobs andresources to help you shape your future.

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