Special OpportunitiesReal World Teaching
Concordia education majors get to spend a lot of time observing and teaching in area classrooms so that they’re ready for a job in the real world. These hands-on experiences start early — sophomore education majors start clinicals in English Language Learners or English as a Second Language classrooms. Juniors then do service learning projects with local classes and teach classes related to their interests. Seniors spend a semester student teaching at local, inner city or overseas schools. During all these classroom experiences, faculty observe you to offer help to build a mentoring relationship.
Education students can also take advantage of teaching in a different language at the renowned Concordia Language Villages. Several of the language education programs give credit for time employed at Concordia Language Villages, both during the school year and summers. In fact, Concordia’s Master of Education in world language instruction includes classes at the beautiful Concordia Language Villages site in northern Minnesota during the summer.
Another exciting option for education majors is Global Student Teaching. Students who are independent and highly motivated can complete their student teaching practicum at schools in many parts of the world, including sites within the United States. Abroad, students have taught in Europe, Central America, Asia, and in the Pacific Region. Domestically, students have had placements ranging from Maryland and California to reservation schools and immersion schools.
Want to go abroad, but feel that Global Student Teaching isn't for you? You still have options. More than half our students study internationally at least once during their four years. Recent trips abroad through the education department have gone to Australia, Hawaii, England, Norway and Denmark to learn about their education systems — and sightsee, of course!