Project Invest (Acc)

Project Invest is an undergraduates early childhood teacher licensure program.  This program is designed for working adults  who wish to pursue a bachelor degree in education and teaching license for children ages birth through grade 3.

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)


Post-Traditional Core Requirements44
Early Childhood Major Requirements69
Total Hours123

Core Curriculum

Concordia Common Core
CCE 110Western Culture & Worldview3
CCE 120Western Thought & Worldview3
CCE 140Science & Humanity3
Faith & Life
REL 159Heritage of Faith3
REL 204Biblical Theology3
Faith & Life elective3
Communication and Langauge
ENG 210College Writing3
COMM 112Speech Communication3
or COMM 201 Interpersonal Communication
Natural World
Physical and/or Life Science course3
College Mathematics3
Human Beings and Being Human - Physical Development
HHP 215Fit & Well2
Human Beings and Being Human - Social World
Social Science course3
Human Creativity and Expression Core
ART 105Art3
or MUS 171 Creative Arts: Music
Society and Culture Core6
One course must be American or European History
Total Hours44

Early Childhood Major Requirements

Additional Human Creativity and Expression Core: Literature3
Literary Visions
Additional Natural World Science3
Must have a lab. One science must be life and one must be physical or course must have components of both.
Additional Natural World Core Math3
EDI 102Foundations of Education3
EDI 103Human Relations for Teachers3
EDI 204Develop Reading Grades 1-93
EDI 221Child Development3
EDI 230Nature of the Exceptional Child3
EDI 231Childrens Literature3
EDI 275Human Learning3
EDI 327Collaborating with Families3
EDI 343Synthesis & Prof Dev1
EDI 354Teaching Reading and Emergent Language Development3
EDI 356Mathematics in ECE3
EDI 357Science and Environment in Early Childhood3
EDI 358Teaching the Emergent Writer3
EDI 359Curriculum and Techniques in EC3
EDI 400Music Movement and Art3
EDI 411The Profession and Ethics of Teaching3
EDI 453Evaluative Techniques in ECSE3
EDI 461Administration of Early Childhood Programs1
EDI 466Health, Safety, and Fitness for the Young Child2
Student Teaching (choose 2)8
Student Teaching K I
St Teaching Primary I
Student Teaching K II
St Teaching Primary II
Total Hours69