Teacher Education


Concordia College Alabama is a dynamic private college with a Christian emphasis, serving not only Alabama, but the nation and the world. The Division of Education works in tandem to provide access for all. We are committed to the education of the whole person within a framework of Christian values. We share a belief that excellent professional education is grounded in the liberal arts and sciences.
One of our most prominent characteristics is our friendly atmosphere and the Concordia spirit that pervades all aspects of academic life. The Wright Complex houses offices of education faculty, classrooms, and the certification and administrative offices. The goal of the programs in the Division of Education is the comprehensive development of the professional educator. Courses of study are designed to provide prospective teachers with opportunities to develop theoretical and practical knowledge including the skills that enhance the effectiveness of the teaching learning process.
 We prepare educators who are clinically competent, ethically motivated, and conversant with the current technologies. Students in Education are well integrated into the life of the college with opportunities to provide leadership within the community and affiliated organizations. Ongoing collaborations and partnerships between the Division of Education and area school systems further enrich the authentic learning experiences. We invite you to browse our website and get to know our faculty and programs. Please contact me if I can be of further assistance.

Betty Hubbard, PhD

Chair, Division of Education

Degree Programs & Requirements

Bachelor Of Science In Education

Concordia College offers two majors. The Early Childhood Education (ECE) program prepares graduates for teaching Preschool through Grade 3.  The Elementary Education program prepares graduates for teaching Kindergarten through Grade 6.  Concordia College provides quality professional preparation that enables prospective teachers the training to meet existing and future needs of students and the requirements of public and private school systems.  Each major has three components: General Education, a Teaching Field Specialization, and Professional Studies.

Admission Requirements

 Application for admission to the Teacher Education Program must be filed with the Office of Teacher Education at least one semester prior to the semester of desired admission.  The applicant must successfully complete all admission requirements:
  • Complete EDU 101 or EDU220 with a grade of C or above.
  • Earn an average of 2.0 and above in the required English, Math, Science & Technology courses.
  • Earn an overall grade point average of 2.5 in the general education studies.
  • Complete 64 or more semester hours by the end of the semester in which application is submitted.
  • Pass the Basic Skills section of the APTTP.
  • Pass the ABI/FBI background check
  • Pass the Concordia Teacher Education Speech and Hearing Screening.
  • Satisfactorily pass an oral interview and submit  recommendations from faculty

DUAL CERITIFICATION  & LUTHERAN TEACHER DIPLOMA

Dual major in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education at Class B level:
A. Early Childhood majors will take the following additional courses for dual major:
ELE   300 Elementary School Curriculum
ELE   310 Teaching Social Studies
       Total 6 semester hours
3 semester hours
3 semester hours
B. Elementary Education majors will take the following additional courses for dual major:
ECE    300 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
ECE    310 Instruc. Strategies for Young Children
Total 6 semester hours
3 semester hours
3 semester hours
Lutheran Diploma may be annexed to any or the above Class B Programs by completing the following courses:
REL   300 Christian Doctrine I
REL   301 Christian Doctrine II
EDU  400 Teaching Religion/Office Ministry
Total 9 semester hours
3 semester hours
3 semester hours
3 semester hours

PLEASE NOTE: Changes to the curriculum or admission requirements may be made without prior notice due to changes in State Department of Education regulations, changes in our accreditation body standards or other oversight agency.  Such changes will be posted on the Education Bulletin Board in Wright complex.

Associate of Arts with an Emphasis in Child Development Requirements

Religion: 9 hrs

REL 110 Old Testament                           3 hrs

REL 120 New Testament                         3 hrs

一道本不卡免费高清REL 300 Lutheran Doctrine                    3 hrs

 

English & the Arts: 12 hrs

ENG 111 English Comp 1 (required)        3 hrs

ENG 112 English Comp 11 (required)      3 hrs

ENG 205 General Speech (Required)     3 hrs

MUS 125 Music Appreciation                   3 hrs

ART 112 Art Appreciation                          3 hrs

 

History & Social Sciences: 9 hrs

一道本不卡免费高清Select 3 hrs. from the following:

HIS 111 Early Western World                3 hrs.

HIS 112 Modern Western World           3 hrs

HIS 221 U.S. History to 1865                 3 hrs.

一道本不卡免费高清HIS 222 U.S. History since 1865           3 hrs.

一道本不卡免费高清GEO 230 World Geography                   3 hrs.

Select 6 hrs from the following:

一道本不卡免费高清PSY 110 General Psych (required)       3 hrs.

BUS 201 Principles of Econ 1                3 hrs.

一道本不卡免费高清BUS 202 Principles of Econ 11              3 hrs.

 

Computer Information: 3 hrs

CIS 112 Micro Software App (req)         3 hrs.

 

Orientation: 1 hr.

OTC 100 Orientation to College (req)     1 hr.

 

Interdisciplinary Studies 1 hr.

IDS 100 Interdisciplinary Skills (req)        1 hr.

 

Mathematics: 6 hrs.

一道本不卡免费高清MTH 112 Interm. Algebra                            3 hrs.

MTH 221 College Algebra                            3 hrs.

MTH 222 Pre-Cal                                          4 hrs.

MTH 223 Cal & Analytic Geometry 1        3 hrs.

一道本不卡免费高清MTH 225 Statistics 3 hrs.

 

Natural Sciences: 4 hrs.

SCI 100 Survey of General Science          4 hrs.

CHE 100 Surcey of Chemistry                   4 hrs.

CHE 223 Chemistry 1                                  4 hrs.

一道本不卡免费高清CHE 224 Chemistry 11                                4 hrs.

BIO 100 Biology 1                                         4 hrs.

BIO 112 Biology 11                                        4 hrs.

BIO 114 Intro to Field of Biology               4 hrs.

 

Health & Physical Education: 3 hrs.

HPR 111 Physical Fitness                          1 hr.

一道本不卡免费高清HPR 222 Personal & Comm Health           2 hrs.

 

Education: 24 hrs.

ECE 200 Orientation to ECE                      3 hrs.

ECE 225 Math Concepts & Methods         3 hrs.

ECE 210 Creative Activities in ECE           3 hrs.

ECE 325 Emergent Literacy                         3 hrs.

一道本不卡免费高清EDU 201 Parenting: Hm, Sch, Cm Rel       3 hrs.

一道本不卡免费高清EDU 210 Organization in Instr. In ECE     3 hrs.

一道本不卡免费高清EDU 300 Instructional Technology             3 hrs.

PSY 200 Child Grownth & Develop.            3 hrs.

 

TOTAL REQIREMENTS: 73 SEMESTER HOURS

Early Childhood Education

ECE 200 Orientation to Early Childhood Education 3 hrs.
The emergent processes of early childhood development as they apply to learning and teaching in early childhood education programs are presented in this course. An emphasis on theoretical perspectives specifically related to early childhood development, developmentally appropriate delivery models and practices, and historical movements that guide teaching and learning in early childhood education settings will be explored.
ECE 205 Math Concepts and Methods in Early Childhood 3 hrs.
This course covers the basic math skills taught in early childhood education programs. Preservice educators will study and practice the basic methods, techniques and materials used in teaching early childhood math.
ECE 210 Creative Activities in Early Childhood 3 hrs.
Develops prospective teachers’ skills to involve students in discovering and demonstrating creative talents through intellectual, social, emotional, and physical stimulation. All areas of the early childhood curriculum are explored through the development and implementation of creative teaching and learning materials and activities.
ECE 300 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3 hrs.
This course examines the fundamental philosophies of early childhood education from historical perspective. This course emphasizes quality early childhood programs and its significance in educating children birth through eight years of age. This course allows students to reflect upon their role as potential teachers and advocates for children while identifying how learning experiences are integrated in early childhood education. Field experience is required.
ECE 310 Instructional Strategies for the Young Child 3 hrs.
Creative teaching and learning materials are used to extend undergraduate students’ knowledge of reading and writing processes and to explore all areas of early childhood curriculum. The course provides prospective teachers with a wide range of information about the individual learner that can be used to guide instruction. Field experience required.
ECE 325 Emergent Literacy 3 hrs.
This course explores early literacy learning from birth through third grade. Topics for consideration will include but are not limited to: literacy definitions, concepts of literacy, foundations of literacy growth and needs, brain-based learning, family literacy, and prevention of reading difficulties. Students will analyze literacy stages and plan appropriate materials and activities to apply content knowledge. Field experience required.

Education

EDU 101 Orientation to Teaching 3 hrs.
An introduction to the roles and responsibilities of the teacher, characteristics of today’s schools and curricula, and selected issues facing today’s teachers.
EDU 105 Praxis II Prep 3 hrs.
This 16 week course is designed for prospective teachers who are preparing to take the Praxis II Exam that is necessary for internship and state licensure. Course materials will cover mathematics, social studies, science, and language arts in 3 week increments. An additional 4 weeks of this course will cover concepts on the Teaching Reading Praxis.
EDU 200 History & Philosophy of Education 3 hrs.
Traces the development of American education from the beginnings of educational thought to the present time emphasizing the philosophical, social, political, and economic movements that have influenced its direction.
EDU 201 Parenting: Home, School, & Community Relations 3 hrs.
A critical examination of the parent-child relationship from conception through adulthood. Contemporary trends and issues impacting the parent child relationship, including techniques for fostering the optimal development of children. This course also explores home-school relations, parental involvement in schools, parent-teachers conferences, home visits, parent programs, and resources for parents and teachers.
Prerequisite: PSY 200
EDU 210 Organization of Instruction in ECE 3 hrs.
This course introduces methods of establishing order and organizing an early childhood classroom for instruction. Methods of facilitating positive student behavior and achievement are explored. Emphasis will also include skills that will assist teachers in developing a positive home-school and community connection.
EDU 220 Educational Foundations 3 hrs.
This course examines the roles and responsibilities of teachers within the historical and philosophical foundations of education in our socially and culturally diverse country. Views of influential educators are introduced and principles and ideas underlying educational policies are examined. Students are challenged to build a philosophy of education by identifying the ideologies behind educational systems, curricula and goals. Fundamental historical, philosophical, legal, political and social context of education will be examined. Policies that shape a teacher’s day-to-day instructional existence will be critically examined. Field experiences required.
EDU 300 Introduction to Instructional Technology 3 hrs.
This course is designed to emphasize traditional, current, and emerging instructional technology in the classroom. Candidates will learn various techniques for designing instructional materials, applying and integrating technology into instruction, and using software applications to promote effective teaching and learning. Field experiences required.
Prerequisites: EDU 220 & PSY 200
EDU 305 Children’s Literature 3 hrs.
This course is designed to familiarize prospective teachers with a variety of books for children. Discussions include the history of children’s literature, principles of selecting suitable books for children; development of skills necessary to guide students toward comprehensive, creative, and insightful utilization of books in the classroom setting. Field experiences required.
EDU 310 Reading Skills Development 3 hrs.
A thorough study of the content to be taught when teaching reading including: knowledge, skills, and processes of the five components of reading (i.e., phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary comprehension, and fluency). Field experiences required
EDU 315 Educational Psychology 3 hrs.
Explores theories of learning, motivation, classroom management, planning, teaching, and student evaluation in relationship to developmental stages. Includes theories of Constructivism, Critical Inquiry and Social Cognitive views of learning. Field experiences required.
Prerequisites: PSY 200
EDU 320 Teaching Health & Physical Education 3 hrs.
Designed to provide the prospective teacher with the skills and concepts needed to organize, teach, conduct, and evaluate health and physical education curriculum. Field experiences are required.
Prerequisite: ECE 300 or ELE 300
EDU 330 Teaching Mathematics 3 hrs.
The study of methods and materials of teaching mathematics. Emphasizes scope, sequence, and development of mathematical understanding in students. Discovery learning, computational skills, and problem solving are stressed. Field experiences required.
Co-requisite: MTH 300
Prerequisites: ECE 300 or ELE 300 and 6 hrs. of Mathematics
EDU 340 Teaching Science 3 hrs.
Discusses foundations of science education, science curriculum development and evaluation, inquiry and didactic techniques, and integration with other subjects. Stresses individualization of instruction relating to cognitive and affective development. Lecture/laboratory experiences. Field experiences required.
Prerequisites: ECE 300 or ELE 300 & 12 hrs. of Natural Science
EDU 350 Teaching Reading 3 hrs.
This course provides prospective teachers with the knowledge of best-practices in reading instruction, curriculum, and the materials needed to teach reading to children from varying backgrounds in the elementary/early childhood classroom setting. This course is intended to develop the following: an understanding of the reading process as one of the integrated language arts; competencies in reading, knowledge of different approaches and materials used in teaching reading; knowledge of objectives in the Alabama Course of Study and the Alabama Reading Initiative; and the discovery of the beginning of a personal literacy framework for teaching reading Field experiences required.
Prerequisites: EDU 310
EDU 360 Teaching Fine Arts 3 hrs.
This course is designed to provide early childhood and elementary school teacher candidates with the pedagogical skills in the fine arts and assist the prospective teachers of early childhood or elementary school children in the acquisition of skills necessary to provide learning experiences in the arts. Concepts and content include instructional strategies in music, music literacy, instrumental music, vocal music, theatre, and the visual arts. Field experience required.
Prerequisite: ECE 300 or ELE 300
EDU 380 Teaching Language Arts 3 hrs.
Provides knowledge and practical application for the understanding and implementation of writing, listening, and speaking. Procedures and activities that stimulate creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and decision making. Field experiences required.
Prerequisites: ELE 300
EDU 400 Teaching Religion / Office of Ministry 3 hrs.
The teaching ministry of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod; concepts, content, methods, materials, and skills of teaching religion and conducting evaluations in the Lutheran school. Required of those wishing to earn the Lutheran Teacher Diploma. Field experiences required.
Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program, REL300, & REL 301
EDU 410 Classroom Management, Home-School Connections 3 hrs.
This course is designed to provide skill development in facilitating student learning, establishing order and organizing the classroom for instruction. Methods of facilitating positive student behavior and achievement are explored. Emphasis will also include skills that will assist teachers in developing a positive home-school and community connection. Field experiences are required.
Prerequisites: ECE 300 or ELE 300
EDU 450 Measurement & Evaluation in Teaching & Learning 3 hrs.
Introductory course in evaluation for prospective early childhood and elementary school teachers. Includes informal methods of pupil observation, assessment and evaluation, standardized testing and interpretation, and teacher self-evaluation for instructional improvement. Field experiences required.
Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education Program & 9 semester hrs. of Mathematics
EDU 480 Diagnosis & Treatment of Reading Difficulties 3 hrs.
This course provides an overview of the reading process and explores the causes of reading difficulties. It focuses specifically on instruments of measurement, instructional materials, and techniques for the identification, diagnosis, placement, and remediation of reading difficulties.
Prerequisites: EDU 350
EDU 490 Inclusion & the Exceptional Learner 3 hrs.
Designed to familiarize the student with psychological, medical, and sociological aspects of children with varying abilities to enable the regular classroom teacher to integrate exceptional learners into the regular classroom. Includes a variety of multicultural concepts. Field experiences required.
Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program
EDU 495 Internship in Education 12 hrs.
A full-semester, full-time practicum experience in an early childhood setting under the guidance of a classroom teacher and college supervisor. Candidates integrate knowledge of content, learning theory, school effectiveness research; and apply skills initially developed in previous professional preparation: observation, unit and lesson planning, utilization of educational resources, teaching and evaluation strategies, classroom management, self-evaluation. Early Childhood Internship must include a pre-school and kindergarten placement unless substantial field experiences were completed at one level.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of all course and assessment requirements

Elementary Education

ELE 300 Elementary School Curriculum 3 hrs.
Identifies the essential elements, scope and sequence, objectives, skills, and trends of the elementary school curriculum; processes in evaluating curriculum resources and texts. Includes legislation which impacts curriculum. Field experience required.
Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program
ELE 310 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School 3 hrs.
This course is designed to help candidates identify and utilize modern methods of teaching social studies to elementary school children. Includes the development of social studies programs, design and implementation of units, selection of materials and resources, and implementation through the teaching process. Field experience required.
Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education Program