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Secondary Education

Teaching Tomorrow’s Leaders

The goal of our secondary education degree is simple: Prepare quality teachers who understand that education demands tremendous energy, creativity, a commitment to equality, and service. At Concordia, our students immediately gain confidence, experience, and the tools needed to make a real difference in the lives of young people. A hallmark of our middle and high school education program includes professional coursework with a heavy emphasis on methodology and strategies to improve student learning. You will be well-prepared for your practical experience, which begins with tutoring, followed by classroom experiences. The program culminates in leading a class using prepared work samples, followed by a semester of student teaching.

Why Concordia?

Students who wish to teach at the middle or high school level must exhibit proficiency in at least one specific subject area, commonly referred to as an endorsement.

Concordia currently offers 11 different endorsements:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Business/Marketing
  • Chemistry
  • Health
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Language Arts
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics - Advanced
  • Mathematics - Basic
  • Physical Education
  • Social Studies

Fast Facts

  • Concordia’s stellar reputation for producing quality prepared teachers provides teaching opportunities throughout the U.S. and worldwide
  • Current and retired administrators volunteer to conduct mock interviews with students nearing degree completion, providing tips for success in the application and interview process
  • Concordia education degrees and programs are endorsed by the Teachers Standard and Practices Commission, Oregon’s licensing agency for all educators

“During my three years as a Concordia Teacher Corps member, I volunteered for the Black Parent Initiative, Irvington Homework Club, and the I Have a Dream project. These experiences opened my eyes to inequality in education and inspired me to want to do more and really be an advocate for change.”  – Erin McKee ’09