The Classical Teacher Education Program draws from this rich heritage to equip future educators with skills and knowledge to teach in classical schools and home schools, consortiums, settings that do not require state licensure, and other institutions in and beyond the United States.
Classical Pedagogy Minor Overview
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has been involved in classical education since before its inception. All first-generation pastors, teachers and lay leaders received a rigorous education in Germany, rooted in the classical periods of ancient Greece and Rome.
Students in this program will complete the Classical Pedagogy Minor, which is normally, but not exclusively, taken with the Classical Liberal Studies Major.* The Classical Pedagogy Minor will equip students to work in Christian Classical schools and to apply for teacher certification with accrediting organizations, such as the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education (CCLE). Students who desire state licensure may take the minor concurrently with the course of studies prescribed by the College of Education.
*Other complementary majors include theology, philosophy, theological languages, music, art, history and English.
Classical Pedagogy Minor Course Information
The coursework for this unique minor is intentionally challenging in order to produce well-equipped, capable, high-demand teachers.
Working with professors and instructors who have first-hand experience teaching in classical schools, students carefully examine the history and philosophy of Western education, the teaching of virtue and the art of rhetoric, the centrality of catechesis and the principles of classical curriculum design. Courses focus on subject content, proven classical methods of education and students’ mastery of the subject matter.
The minor requires 18 hours of coursework, field work experience and an 8-week teaching apprenticeship. Lutheran students desiring recognition as commissioned classical teachers in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod must complete additional required theological courses and must demonstrate competency in at least one of the classical languages (Latin and/or Greek).