School of Education

Dean: Dr. Deborah Mercier
Associate Dean: Dr. Sandra Scharlemann
Assistant Dean: Dr. Kent Schlichtemeier

Purpose Statement

MISSION: To prepare servant leaders who transform lives through innovative and exceptional educational practices to positively impact local and global communities.

VISION: To be a distinguished school of education that attracts, equips, and supports servant leaders for today’s public and private schools.

CORE VALUES: The School of Education pursues excellence in:

  • Christ-like Service
    • Treating students with love, dignity, and respect.
  • Scholarly and Practice-Based Instruction
    • Perfecting the practice of teaching through scholarship and research.
  • Innovative and Relevant Curriculum
    • Teaching practical pedagogical and leadership strategies.
  • Community and Alumni Partnerships
    • Developing strategic collaborative relationships.

Undergraduate Major

Co-Directors: Dr. Michael Schulteis and Dr. Rebecca Stanton

Bachelor of Arts Degree

  • Liberal Studies

Teacher Credential Programs

Director: Prof. Heather Vezner

  • Elementary Education/Multiple Subject Credential Program
  • Secondary Education/Single Subject Credential Program
  • Special Education: Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Credential Program

Lutheran Teaching Certification

Director: Dr. Cari Chittick

Graduate Degrees

Master of Arts in Education
Director: Dr. Sandra Scharlemann

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Administration: Administrative Credential
  • Educational Technology
  • School Counseling: Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Master of Education
(combined credential/Master's degree)
Director: Dr. Deborah Mercier

Doctor of Education
Executive Director: Dr. Dwight Doering

Undergraduate Education Learning Outcomes

The teacher candidate plans and delivers instruction. The teacher candidate plans and delivers engaging, developmentally appropriate instruction based on the approved California teaching standards. The teacher candidate incorporates a variety of teaching strategies and resources to make the subject matter accessible and engaging to the needs of diverse students.

The teacher candidate uses assessment for a variety of purposes. The teacher candidate designs and interprets a variety of assessments, and also uses assessment data to plan instruction, monitor instruction, design and monitor the classroom environment, learn about and place students. In addition, the teacher candidate uses reflective practice as a means of self-assessment.

The teacher candidate provides a supportive learning environment. The teacher candidate creates a positive social environment and a safe and welcoming physical environment that supports learning for all students. The teacher candidate uses instructional time wisely and efficiently.

The teacher candidate models a servant-leadership lifestyle. The teacher candidate models servant-leadership; exhibits a professional attitude; and communicates effectively with students, families and school personnel. The teacher candidate is aware of and carries out legal and ethical responsibilities.

Undergraduate Major

Bachelor of Arts Degrees - Liberal Studies

Degree requirements can be found here.

Teacher Credential Programs

Director: Prof. Heather Vezner

Certification Programs

Undergraduate Teacher Education

The credential programs prepare multiple subject, single subject, and education specialist teacher candidates who demonstrate knowledge of theory and practice by making informed decisions leading to exemplary instruction for all learners. Concordia’s programs are state-approved and lead to preliminary California multiple (elementary), single subject (secondary), and education specialist (EDSP) credentials.

EDUC 400-level courses are part of the California credential program. To begin taking this coursework as an undergraduate, students must be fully admitted to the undergraduate teacher education program which includes the following:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 2.9 or higher with no course grade lower than C- in the major.
  2. Successful completion of EDUC 101 and EDSP 204 or EDUC 204 with a grade of B- or higher and positive evaluation of the field experience component by the director of field experience and the classroom teacher.
  3. Two letters of recommendation (one from a CUI faculty member and one professional reference from outside CUI).
  4. Official college transcripts from all colleges attended.
  5. California Certificate of Clearance; current Wellness Center health clearance.
  6. Concordia University’s Dean of Students approval.
  7. Interview and recommendation from School of Education faculty advisor.
  8. School of Education faculty approval.
  9. Verification of having passed California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).

Note:  International students are required to score a minimum of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and demonstrate proficient English communication skills in field experience.

Note:  The Liberal Studies major is designed for students who wish to earn a Multiple Subject or Special Education credential.  Students who began the Liberal Studies major at  Concordia in fall 2017 are part of the Elementary Subject Matter (ESM) preparation program approved by the State of California.  The coursework in the major is aligned to the California Content Standards and is approved to substitute for the Multiple Subject CSET exam.

Students who transfer to Concordia University with an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in Elementary Education will be able to graduate with a major in Liberal Studies.  Prior to student teaching, students will be required to pass the Multiple Subject CSET exam.

Transfer students without an ADT will have their courses reviewed by admission's personnel to maximize each student's desire to complete the requirements of the Liberal Studies major in an expedited manner.  Prior to student teaching, students will be required to pass the Multiple Subject CSET exam.

Elementary Education

Multiple Subject Credential Coursework

EDUC 200The Teacher and Technology *1
EDUC 204Introduction to Teaching Diverse Populations2
EDUC 301Typical and Atypical Development of Diverse Learners3
EDUC 401Planning and Assessment for Inclusive Classrooms3
EDUC 402Creating Positive and Inclusive Learning Environments3
EDUC 422Math and Science Methods: Elementary2
EDUC 423Integrated Curriculum Methods: Elementary2
EDUC 451Language and Culture3
EDUC 460Literacy Instruction in Diverse Classrooms4
EDUC 480Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) Practicum: Field Experience1
EDUC 482Student Teaching: Elementary12
Total Units36

Secondary Education

Single Subject Credential Coursework

EDUC 200The Teacher and Technology *1
EDUC 204Introduction to Teaching Diverse Populations2
EDUC 301Typical and Atypical Development of Diverse Learners3
EDUC 401Planning and Assessment for Inclusive Classrooms3
EDUC 402Creating Positive and Inclusive Learning Environments3
EDUC 424Secondary Curriculum and Methods4
EDUC 451Language and Culture3
EDUC 470Content Area Literacy Instruction4
EDUC 480Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) Practicum: Field Experience1
EDUC 483Student Teaching: Secondary12
Total Units36

Special Education

Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Credential Coursework

EDUC 200The Teacher and Technology *1
EDSP 204Introduction to Teaching Diverse Populations2
EDSP 301Typical and Atypical Development of Diverse Learners3
EDSP 401Planning and Assessment for Inclusive Classrooms3
EDSP 402Creating Positive and Inclusive Learning Environments3
EDSP 425Advanced Curriculum Methods for Special Populations3
EDSP 426Case Management, Assessment and Collaboration3
EDSP 451Language and Culture3
EDSP 460Literacy Instruction in Diverse Classrooms4
EDSP 480Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) Practicum: Field Experience1
EDSP 484Student Teaching: Special Education12
Total Units38

Student Teaching Requirements

Prior to student teaching, the appropriate California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) must be passed or the Elementary Subject Matter (ESM) program must be completed.  Students must also have earned grades of B- of better in all EDUC/EDSP courses to qualify for student teaching placement.

Teacher Credential Application Process

Candidates may be recommended to the State of California for a preliminary credential when the following requirements have been completed:

  1. Submitted Credential Application 
  2. Valid Certificate of Clearance on file
  3. A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  4. A passing score on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).
  5. An approved professional preparation program with a minimum grade of B- in all course work.
  6. U.S. Constitution course or approved alternative demonstration of competency.
  7. Level I technology competencies (EDUC 200).
  8. CPR Certification
  9. Demonstration of subject matter competence (passage of California Subject Examination for Teachers [CSET or appropriate subject matter]).
  10. Passage of Teaching Performance Assessment for multiple and single subject candidates.  Cumulative professional portfolio is required of EDSP candidates.
  11. Passage of Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA) for multiple subject and education specialist teacher candidates only.

Candidates filing for the California Preliminary Credential must apply through the School of Education. Regular consultation with a program advisor is critical to be certain that the candidate’s program of study meets all state and university requirements.  Federal and State legislation and mandates may change program requirements at any time.

Lutheran Teacher Certification Program

Director: Dr. Cari Chittick

Please see Christ College Certificate Requirements for program requirements.

Lutheran Teaching Ministry Certification also requires:

  • Completion of all professional preparation requirements for the Teacher Education Program, including successful student teaching.
  • Membership in a congregation of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS).