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Elementary Education

Elementary school teachers are licensed to teach all subjects in self-contained classrooms for grades first through sixth. At Concordia-Chicago, the Elementary Education Preparation program uses the latest methodologies in professional coursework that covers both content and methods, 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.

Concordia-Chicago Elementary Education 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.

Elementary Education 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

Elementary Education Program Opportunities

Concordia's location provides numerous opportunities for students to observe and teach in both public and private schools, and in special education and multicultural settings throughout Chicago and its suburbs.  

We also offer extensive graduate-level programs in education, with options for advanced degrees and additional certificates-supporting your professional development needs throughout your teaching career.