Begin a career as a licensed teacher in just three years

This accelerated 3-year program gives you the chance to earn a bachelors degree and Wisconsin teaching license through online courses. Students take online accelerated courses and begin in-classroom practicums in year one.


Scholarships available for this program.

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  • Public or Lutheran education
  • Grades K-9
Cost Per Credit$476

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Program Overview

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. 

What to Expect
  • Online
  • Eight week courses
  • Begin in July or January
  • Professors with real world experience
  • Practicums starting with year one
  • Program leads to WI teaching licensure in K-9th grade
  • Applicants may apply for life and work experience credit toward practicum coursework up to 6 credits.
  • Transfer up to 84 credits
  • Option to earn Lutheran Teaching Diploma
  • Scholarships and TEACH grant qualify

The details:

Online - All of the program courses are online. Practicums (in-classroom experience) and student teaching (leading a classroom as a student teacher) must be done in-person at a school.

Accelerated format - Courses are accelerated. Students take 3 successive 8-week terms within each semester. Students completing the program in three years take two classes at the same time. Students take 6 credits at once (2, 3-credit courses). Courses are 8-weeks in length. The first 7 weeks are content-heavy and the 8th week is designed as dedicated time for you to complete your practicum, or as a low-volume week before the next courses kick off. 

Courses - Curriculum was developed in view of the traditional undergraduate program. Within coursework, there are highly-collaborative education courses. There are also non-education courses such as math, science, communications, English, etc. These courses are more self-paced.

Start dates - You have two opportunities to begin this program. Cohorts begin in July and January. Students begin with Foundations of Education.

Practicum and classroom experience -Over the semester students have practicum experiences. This is also known as students "in the field" or field work. This work in the beginning is developmental in nature--observational. Semesters one through five of six total semesters have practicums. The third and final year presents more leadership classroom experience. The 6th and final semester is student teaching. 

A background check is required at the beginning of practicum 1 and prior to student teaching. Students need to have a cooperating teacher in a regular school and the teacher needs a valid teaching license, at least 3 years experience, and been in their current building for a year. Concordia is happy to discuss practicum and field work with you.

License - This program leads to Wisconsin teaching licensure in K-9th grade. Applicants from out-of-state should check with their departments of education to see how courses translate to other states. Concordia will help you with a program course review.

Credit opportunities - Students may transfer up to 84 credits. Applicants may apply for life and work experience credit toward practicum coursework up to 6 credits.

LTD opportunity - Do you want to get your Lutheran Teacher Diploma? You can take 9 credits of theology and education courses to qualify.

Financial opportunity - Uncommon scholarships are available. The TEACH grant qualifies. This program is offered at he accelerated tuition rate. 



In addition to our main and online campuses, Concordia has center locations which offer accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs close to where you live and work. The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education Accelerated program is available at the following:

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