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Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Making a Difference for a New Generation of Students

Students who wish to teach in grades pre-K through 8 can select either early childhood or elementary. The curriculum provides content knowledge, methodology, and strategies to enhance student learning in reading, science, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and the arts. Through practical experiences, you will have the opportunity to teach early and often. Tutoring young students, in-classroom experiences, and a semester of student teaching combine with rigorous curriculum to hone your skills as an educator.

Why Concordia?

Concordia has a unique partnership with Faubion School – a Portland Public K-8 school located just steps from campus. Students from Concordia tutor in reading, math, and special education, assist classroom teachers with art lessons, and volunteer for help during recess and after-school programs.

Fast Facts

  • Concordia education majors live, breathe, and experience the classroom first-hand, beginning freshman year
  • Education majors spend 90 hours in one class for field experience, spend 180 hours in another class for their practicum, and spend their senior year as a student teacher as their final clinical
  • Concordia’s stellar reputation for producing quality prepared teachers provides teaching opportunities throughout the U.S. and worldwide

“Concordia’s teaching faculty are also teachers themselves, and they made sure that I received practical classroom experience all along the way.”  – Erin McKee ’09