Why Study Education at Concordia?
Concordia’s education department is committed to preparing you for a successful future in teaching. Though the education department is one of the largest on campus, you’ll benefit from small class sizes and close mentoring relationships with your professors. You’ll learn from their valuable experience as public and private school teachers and ongoing involvement in today’s school systems. In addition to solid method courses, the education program provides opportunities for service-learning, methods clinicals, study abroad and hands-on teaching experiences.
Through your four years as a Concordia education student, you’ll culminate a semester of student teaching, spend time in English Language Learners or English as a Second Language classrooms, and even be able to teach in an inner city school or overseas.
These opportunities combine with Concordia’s liberal arts foundation to provide a broad range of knowledge across disciplines, in addition to your education specialty. No matter what, you’ll be ready for success!
Concordia College articulates curricula emphasizing the importance of responsible engagement in the world. Additionally, liberally educated people need knowledge, skills and an awareness to negotiate a world lived in common with others (Greene, 1988). Every classroom exemplifies these areas—you, as students, are a part of the world’s classroom and you, as a responsible future educator, will have a continued active relationship with global issues at all levels and with many different school populations (students, parents, local community, state community, and world community).
All Education course content, from theory to planning to classroom teaching revolves around the Department’s mission to “act in the best interests of the students we serve.” As a future educator, what does it mean to be responsibly engaged in the world through your actions? Academic classes help and encourage you to develop your talents for the good of others. In short, each class is a dress rehearsal for the classroom stage that awaits you. With this comes a moral responsibility for you as educators to change people’s lives for the better.
As you gain broader perspectives and the skills needed to promote a global, moral and equitable education for all, you will be better able to discern your true calling as you exercise fair judgment in the world’s classrooms. This will be made known through your responsible engagement in the schools in which you teach.
Greene, M. (1988). The dialectic of freedom. New York: The Teachers College Press.