Accelerated Elementary Education (EC)

You can make a difference in lives of children; you can have a career in education by earning your bachelors degree and teaching license. The Accelerated Elementary Education Licensure program is a fully online teacher education program leading to a Wisconsin license to teach grades K through 9. The accelerated courses can be scheduled to complete this program in 3 years or at the pace you prefer.

This exciting new program format is bound to open new opportunities to provide applicants with an accessible, attainable, and affordable degree. Courses were built upon Concordia's steady and renown traditional undergraduate elementary education courses, graduating teachers successfully teaching in their own classrooms. Yet, we realize living on campus and taking a traditional 4-year program is not for everyone. This online 3-year program may be just the opportunity for you to build a meaningful career and make a positive difference in the lives of young children. 

Program Learning Outcomes

1. Learner Development: The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences (Human Relations, Pedagogical Knowledge) 

2. Learning Differences : The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards. (Human Relations, Pedagogical Knowledge) 

3. Learning Environments: The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation. (Teaching Practice, Human Relations)

4. Content Knowledge: The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content. (Content Knowledge)

5. Application of Content:  The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.

6. Assessment Strategies: The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making. (Content Knowledge, Pedagogical Knowledge)

7. Planning for Instruction: The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context. (Content Knowledge, Pedagogical Knowledge)

8. Instructional Strategies: The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways. (Pedagogical Knowledge, Communication Skills, Teaching Practice)

9. Professional Learning and Ethical Practice: The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.

10. Leadership and Collaboration: The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

11.  Character/Faith Development: All teachers model a value system which emphasizes moral and ethical character. Teachers in Christian schools integrate faith and learning while modeling Christian mission and service with a biblical worldview. Lutheran teachers adhere to the doctrine and practice of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. (Human Relations, Professional Dispositions, Content Knowledge)

Curriculum 

Undergraduate Core Requirements - Public Education45
Public Education Major66
Public Education Electives9
Undergraduate Core Requirements - Lutheran Teacher Diploma48
Lutheran Teacher Diploma Major72
Total Hours 3120

Core Curriculum - 45 - 48 Credits

Concordia Common Core

Theology - Public Education
REL 100The Bible3
REL 110Christian Faith3
Theology - Lutheran (LTD) & Christian (CTC)
REL 201Old Testament3
REL 203New Testament3
REL 204Biblical Theology3
CCE 130Christian Citizen3
CCE 140Science & Humanity3
CCE 110Western Culture & Worldview3
CCE 120Western Thought & Worldview3
Liberal Arts Dimensions
ENG 210College Writing3
COMM 112Speech Communication3
or COMM 201 Interpersonal Communication
REL 383Gospel of Luke3
ED 1102Foundations of Education3
HHP 215Fit & Well2
ART 105Art3
or MUS 171 Creative Arts: Music
MATH 119Number Sense: Teaching Pre K-93
MATH 120Data & Space: Teaching Pre K-93
SCI 110Introduction to Life and Physical Sciences4
ED 1103Human Relations for Teachers3
Note: Two CUW - approved writing intensive courses are required for graduation. Other Electives if under 120 credits: 3-6

Elementary Education Curriculum - 72 - 75 credits

Theoretical Component
ED 1230Nature of the Exceptional Child3
ED 1231Best Practices in Engaging Children in Literacy3
ED 1275Human Learning3
ED 4411The Profession and Ethics of Teaching 13
Practical Component
ED 2204The Art & Science of Teaching Reading3
ED 2252Best Practices in Engaging Adolescents in Literacy3
or ED 2312 Math in the Middle School
ED 2348Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Early Childhood3
ED 2358Emergent Writing: Birth - Grade 32
ED 3401Instruction & Assessment of Reading3
"The Block"
Take these courses during the same semester
ED 4301Data Driven Analysis of Classroom Practice 1, 22
ED 4302Collaborating with Families and Members of the Community 1, 21
ED 4307Curriculum and Methods in Language Arts and Social Studies 1, 23
ED 4308Curriculum and Methods in STEM 1, 23
Practicum Component
ED 4501Practicum 13
ED 4502Practicum 23
ED 4503Practicum 33
ED 4504Practicum 41
ED 4505Practicum 51
ED 4506Practicum 61
ED 4507Practicum 7 - Pre-Student Teaching 1, 23
Student Teaching Component (Take these courses in the same semester)
ED 4412Portfolio Completion - Elementary/Content Tests 11
ED 4421
ED 4422
Gr K-9 Student Teaching 1
and Gr K-9 Student Teaching 2 1
12
Lutheran (LCMS Members) Teacher Diploma Requirements
ED 2306Teaching the Faith3
REL 404Lutheran Confessions3
Christian Teacher Certification Requirements
ED 2306Teaching the Faith3
Select one of the following:3
Lutheran Confessions
Law and Gospel in the Life of the Church
A Survey of Christian Thought
Christian Apologetics
Christ and Culture