We prepare educators for a life of leadership and service in the classroom, the Church and the community.

Discover your potential for positive impact, with an educational curriculum designed to build opportunities and advance your career. 

Choose the CUC College of Education because:

  • We’re one of the oldest teacher-preparation colleges in the nation.
  • We are nationally recognized by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Illinois State Board of Education.
  • We’re committed to serving the unique needs of Lutheran parishes.

  • Teacher
  • School leader
  • School counselor
  • Director of Christian Education (DCE)
  • Early childhood educator
  • Elementary schools educator
  • Lutheran Teacher Education (LTE)
  • Middle school 
  • Secondary school
  • Special education

Teacher Education

You’ll prepare to serve as an educational leader who consistently demonstrates integrity and competence in the following fields.

We offer programs in the following areas:

  • Early Childhood Education 
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Lutheran Teacher Education
  • Art Education
  • Music Education
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish Education
  • Special Education

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Director of Christian Education (DCE) Program

Participate in ministry-specific discussions and develop skills that will prepare you to become an educator within the Lutheran church.

This exceptional experience includes:

Field Experience

In the second year of the program, you’ll be assigned to a local parish and congregational supervisor, who will serve as your mentor as you put your classroom learning into practice. Through this fieldwork, you’ll assist your congregation in such ways as teaching Sunday school, providing leadership and support in youth ministry, participating in worship music, and planning events. 


Once you complete your on-site courses and fieldwork, you’ll spend your fifth year off the CUC campus, participating in a yearlong paid internship. This is a crucial step toward your certification as a director of Christian education. Your internship will give you opportunities to learn firsthand about being a full-time professional in today’s congregations.

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